A free Wes Anderson exhibition has popped up in London
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Megasaki City has come to London. A new (and free) exhibition celebrating Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion animation film, going behind the scenes of Isle of Dogs has opened at The Store X, The Strand, London. The exhibition gives fans and avid film lovers a chance to see 17 of the original hand-crafted sets and puppets up close. As stated in the free handout: "Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage dump. Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island 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. "The film was shot over 445 days, at East London’s 3 Mills Studios, with a crew of more than 670 people. 240 sets and 1097 puppets were used to create the 144,000 still frames that make up the film’s 100-minute duration." Being imminently released on March 30th, Isle of Dogs has been creating quite a buzz, and after visiting this exhibition, I understand why. Upon entering the exhibit, a life-size noodle bar serves traditional Japanese ramen from commended London-based chef Akira Shimizu. Once purchasing (or not), a table-filled space within the set emerges, with surrounding screens debuting short sequences from the film whilst also containing a parallel, small-scale model of the setting.
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