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Before Isle of Dogs, the notion of Wes Anderson helming a Godzilla picture was unfathomable. Now, it’s all this writer can think about. Anderson’s stop motion animated adventure – set in the near future fictional Japanese metropolis of Megasaki – is a visual feast, steeped in the country’s cinema and showcasing obvious influences that range from the epics of Akira Kurosawa (particularly High and Low), to the kaiju stomping diversions Toho’s been churning out for the last six decades. In short, Isle of Dogs isn’t an act of appropriation, but rather one of pure celebration.