When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.​​​​​​​
Isle of Dogs illustration by Oktopolis: The Art of Brian Miller​​​​​​​
The Japanese archipelago twenty years in the future. Canine saturation has reached
epidemic proportions. An outbreak of dog flu rips through the city of Nagasaki. Mayor Kobayashi issues emergency orders calling for a hasty quarantine. Trash Island becomes an exiled colony, the Isle of Dogs.

When Spoke Art and Fox Searchlight approached me about illustrating something special for the Isle of Dogs Art Show my mind went straight to the abandoned amusement scene from Wes Anderson's incredible stop motion film. The patterns on the Samurai outfit juxtaposed with the plain gray of Atari's pilot suit created a strong visual contrast. I included Chief in the lower half of the image along with the silhouettes of the other dogs on the mission to meet-up with Atari. They are divided by the title, Isle of Dogs (translated from Japanese) the same way they are divided and searching for each other in the film. 

This illustration was featured at the official Isle of Dogs Art Show in New York City. This dynamic group show included over 100 top artists paying tribute to Wes Anderson's latest plus a display of original sets and puppets used in the film. 


illustration by Brian Miller © Oktopolis. All rights reserved. This artwork may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Oktopolis. All characters and names © & ™ their respective owners. Illustration © Oktopolis.
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