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 you 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.
The movie was influenced by the work of Akira Kurosawa and Rankin-Bass stop-motion Christmas specials.
This is the first feature length film that is both written and directed solely by Wes Anderson.
The song in the first trailer is "I Won't Hurt You" by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.
The trailer has music by '50's band named Sauter-Finegan, song is "Midnight Sleigh Ride," can be heard on Youtube.
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson appeared in Lost in Translation (2003) and The Jungle Book (2016).
This is Scarlett Johansson's seventh voice-only role in seven years. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Her (2013), Deep Down (2014), Assassin Banana (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), and Sing (2016) were the previous six.
Along with Moonrise Kingdom (2012), this Wes Anderson film doesn't have any involvement with Owen Wilson.
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 the second PG-13 animated film to be release in 2018. The first being "Bilal: A New Breed of Hero" (2015), which was released in US theaters in February 2nd.
Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Bob Balaban appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
At the end of the movie Anjelica Huston, who is a long time collaborator with Wes Anderson, is credited as the "Mute Poodle".
Jeff Goldblum's first animated movie since The Prince of Egypt (1998) not counting Zambezia.
Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Kara Hayward, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, and Tilda Swinton appeared in Moonrise Kingdom (2012).
Reunites Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton after appearing in Red Dragon (2002), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
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 is Bryan Cranston's first stop-motion movie. He has worked on Robot Chicken (2001) and SuperMansion (2015).
Frances McDormand and Bryan Cranston appeared in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012).
The first Wes Anderson film since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) to not star Jason Schwartzman.
Although he only contributed to the story, this is the second secreenplay that Jason Schwartzman has collaborated with Wes Anderson on. They previously wrote "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007) together.