Why do dogs die in Wes Anderson movies?

A new video essay by Luís Azevedo explores this curious canine conundrum.


Luís Azevedo

Since breaking onto the American indie scene in 1996 with his debut feature Bottle Rocket, writer/director Wes Anderson has delighted audiences with his distinctive idiosyncratic style. But while we’ve been consistently charmed by the likes of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, one question has continued to gnaw away at us: Why do dogs die in Wes Anderson movies?

To celebrate the release of Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s second stop-motion animation following 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Luís Azevedo (aka Beyond the Frame) explores this canine conundrum with help from a few furry friends.

Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts @LWLies. And, if you’re still hungry for more Isle of Dogs content, be sure to check out our latest print edition.

Published 27 Mar 2018

Tags: Video Essay Wes Anderson

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