Director Wes Anderson continues his artist streak with puppets in Isle of Dogs, the stop-motion work of art that is animation by definition but really in the genre Wes Anderson has created for himself. Set in the fictional city of Megasaki, Japan, an outbreak of dog flu has become widespread throughout. Mayor Kobayashi takes advantage of the situation to progress his political prowess by creating an ordinance to move all dogs to Trash Island, a man-made island located miles away in the ocean. The story has a surprisingly plausible political theme and the quality of the narrative never dips at any moment, even when the pace slows down. The main cast of dogs are so delightfully well-written and have genuinely touching character backgrounds that it makes you want to hug your real dog for real. The art direction employs some of the most inventive styles this side of the spectrum while paying tribute to the work of John Clark Matthews, resulting in another Wes Anderson classic and one of the best films of 2018. Highly recommended.