Writer and director Wes Anderson hosted a competition for someone to be a member of the voice cast for this film. The only requirement was that they donated ten dollars or more to the Film Foundation, a non-profit founded by Martin Scorsese, which specializes in the preservation and restoration of film around the world.
Jeff Goldblum recorded his lines over the phone in California. Because of scheduling conflicts, he could not go to England to record his lines with the rest of the cast.
The title "Isle of Dogs" is a play on words. Said quickly and fluidly it sounds like "I love dogs." However, the play on words only works in English and loses that meaning in the Japanese pronunciation of the kanji, "Inu ga shima."
The movie was influenced by the work of Akira Kurosawa and Rankin-Bass stop-motion Christmas specials.
The movie was filmed by stop motion, with a team of 670 people who did 130,000 still photographs. The most part of this team worked previously with Wes Anderson in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
Since she speaks fluent French, Greta Gerwig reprised her voice role as Tracy Walker for the French dub version.
As of 2018, since his debut film Bottle Rocket (1996), director Wes Anderson had used one cinematographer for his live-action films (Robert D. Yeoman), and one for his stop-motion films (Tristan Oliver).
The dogs eating on a metal beam resembles the famous photo "Lunch Atop A Skyscraper," showing construction workers having their lunch break on a metal beam high above Manhattan.
The film opened the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where Anderson was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director, and was given a limited release in the United States on March 23, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The five main dogs, Chief, Rex, King, Duke and Boss, all have names that mean some kind of "leader."
Although he only contributed to the story, this was the second screenplay that Jason Schwartzman had collaborated with Wes Anderson on. They previously wrote The Darjeeling Limited (2007) together.
Produced at 3 Mills Studio in East London, England which is 3 miles away from an area actually called "Isle Of Dogs"
Tracy's place of residence is called the Kikuchiyo Residence, in honour of Kikuchiyo from 'Seven Samurai'.
This was the first Wes Anderson film since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) to not feature Jason Schwartzman.
The song in the first trailer is "I Won't Hurt You" by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.
Director Wes Anderson said the character design of Tracy Walker was inspired by Kerry Fox's character Janet Frame in An Angel at My Table (1990).
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens and Frances McDormand, and seven Oscar nominees: Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig and Bob Balaban.
This is Wes Anderson's first movie to be set in the future. All his other movies have been set in either the 20th century or the present day.
The music playing during some of the sad scenes, most notably when Atari thinks he is burying Spot, is a song taken from Akira Kirosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954) staring Toshiro Mifune, in that movie, the song played during some of the most bitter and sad moments.
The trailer has music by a '50s band named Sauter-Finegan, whose song is "Midnight Sleigh Ride." It can be heard on YouTube.
Along with Moonrise Kingdom (2012), this Wes Anderson film did not have any involvement with Owen Wilson.
The dog's fur moves in bizarre patterns reminiscent of the grand daddy of all stop motion and fur, King Kong(1932)
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson also both appeared in Lost in Translation (2003) and The Jungle Book (2016).
Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban all appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
This was the third consecutive Wes Anderson movie to include both Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton, following Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
There is a mention of a Toho Mountain, Toho is the Studio responsible for Godzilla (1956) franchise and most monster/SciFi movies made in Japan.
This film reunited Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton, after appearing in Red Dragon (2002), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Kara Hayward, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, and Tilda Swinton appeared in Moonrise Kingdom (2012).
This was Jeff Goldblum's first animated movie since The Prince of Egypt (1998), not counting Zambezia (2012).
This was Bryan Cranston's first stop-motion movie, although he worked on Robot Chicken (2001) and SuperMansion (2015).
Atari slides down the Pagoda slide. Longtime Wes Anderson movie collaborator Kumar Pallana's character is named Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
Fellow director Mike Le, former assistant to Wes Anderson and Luke Wilson, once advised Gaetano Martino that his music would be best suited in a Wes Anderson film.
This was Edward Norton's third animated film after The Guardian Brothers (2016) and Sausage Party (2016).
This was the second PG-13 animated film to be release in 2018. The first was Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2015), which was released in U.S. theaters on February 2.