Dogs in Wes Anderson films typically have a bad time. In The Royal Tenenbaums, a beagle dies in a car crash; in Moonrise Kingdom, a fox terrier gets pierced by an arrow; in Fantastic Mr. Fox, a beagle (another one) gets roofied; in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisou, Jeff Goldblum smacks a helpless three-legged pooch upside the head. Now, perhaps to clear his reputation as a dog-hater, the Oscar-winning director is reportedly working on a stop-motion animated feature all about dogs.
Details of the project are still under wraps, but the Playlist reports the film is already in pre-production. Anderson will maintain his fealty to old school, analogue production design, using the handmade stop-motion aesthetic made famous in Fantastic Mr. Fox, which helped earn Anderson an Oscar nomination in 2009. Hopefully, this next movie won’t feature too much dog blood spillage.
Here, a few clips from Anderson’s history of on-screen cruelty to canines.
h/t The Playlist