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Isle of Dogs - London's The Store X to host exclusive exhibition

Isle of Dogs

Story by Jack Foley

IN celebration of the cinema release of Isle Of Dogs, the new stop-motion animation from Wes Anderson, The Store X, 180 The Strand and Fox Searchlight Pictures present an exclusive exhibition of original sets and puppets from the film, open to the public from Friday, March 23 to Thursday, April 5, 2018.

The film is released in the UK and Ireland on March 30, 2018.

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 called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo prop and flies across the river 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.

Set in Japan, 20 years in the future, Isle Of Dogs was largely filmed at 3 Mills Studios in East London. Curated by Wes Anderson and the production team the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see 17 original sets plus many of the puppets and experience the world of this highly acclaimed and masterfully crafted film.

Alongside sets and puppets from the film the exhibition will feature a life-size recreation of one of the sets: a ‘Noodle Bar’ where visitors will be able to enjoy traditional Japanese Ramen, created by acclaimed chef Akira Shimizu – executive chef at Soho’s Engawa restaurant – and Sake cocktails during late night openings Thursday/Friday.

All against a background of the original score by Academy Award®-winning composer Alexandre Desplat plus classic Kurosawa soundtrack music and the psychedelic sounds of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band from the Isle Of Dogs soundtrack.

With an arts programme curated by The Store X, 180 The Strand is an iconic Brutalist building in the heart of London’s West End that provides a space to house creative industries, where innovative businesses and visionary talents can collaborate.