'Isle of Dogs' Exhibition

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If you’re excited that Wes Anderson is releasing his second stop-animation film then don’t miss this exhibition going behind the scenes of ‘Isle of Dogs’, which was largely filmed at 3 Mills Studio in east London. See original sets and puppets, all curated by the man himself, take a seat at a noodle bar dishing up ramen and don’t miss a visit to the sake bar. And it’s all set to the original score by Alexandre Desplat. 



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If you’re a fellow fan & ardent admirer of Wes Anderson’s sugared almond universe, a place where even the villains are moustache-twirlingly, charmingly reprehensible, then you’ll find this beautiful little exhibition a very happy place in which to spend an hour.

Seventeen sets from Anderson’s latest film ‘Isle of Dogs’ are laid out in The Store Studios on the Strand and each one offers a glimpse into the glorious stop-motion animation that has been used to create this canine heavy, Japanese world. Shot entirely in London’s actual Isle of Dogs over 445 days with a crew of more than 670 people responsible for creating 240+ sets, 1090+ puppets and 144’000 still frames, this is a snapshot of what it is to make something a labour of love. Each figure is gorgeously crafted, each scene is spectacularly complex and each moment shown is quite breath-taking in its intricacy of detail.

The style of Wes Anderson as a visionary director has always been strong & vibrant and here, as with ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, it’s clear to see that it doesn’t solely apply to creatures of the two-legged variety – personality spills out of each figurine and it felt like a true privilege to briefly enter this world. Oh, and I wasn’t the only one to think so – arriving at 10.50am for an 11am opening and there were already easily 50 people ahead of me in the queue.

The space inside isn’t huge but the staff manage the flow of people in & out well, meaning you never feel rushed to move along or out of the way. If you need feeding & watering then sake & ramen are on offer in the brought-to-life size noodle bar and the whole experience is set to the quirky, joyful Alexandre Desplat score; a brilliant little exhibit that reminded us of the quirky, sugared-almond genius of Mr. Anderson.


A really fun and short exhibition you must see before it closes! It's free and easily appreciated by kids and adults. It was nice seeing the props and sets that were used in the Isle of Dogs, even before I watched the film! The attention to detail is amazing! My favourite set is near the end, where the walls are covered in an intricate design. 

When you're done with the exhibition you can also enjoy the sake bar and ramen pop-up (if you're there early enough!). My friend and I mistakenly came during after work hours and this part was quite packed with people having cocktails, but it was still nice to see that they'd gone all out for the decor of the pop-up. 


What an incredible exhibition. This exhibition is a land of miniature, from a city to sumu wrestlers it depicts scenes from Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'. I wasn't that sure if I wanted to see the film but after going to this exhibition I definitely do. Alongside the miniature pieces there is a noodle bar in a recreated Japanese street. This brings the whole thing to life, making it a real sensory experience as you smell fresh noodles while hearing beats from the movie. 

Superb. Highly recommended. About 20 original sets with puppets from the movie. One set recreated full size for you to enjoy noodles and drinks.

I can tell you that other than a couple of Models and a very few simple puppets this film was entirely made in London.

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