Anthropomorphism Unveiled

A Case Analysis of Isle of Dogs and Its Role in Mediating Multispecies Narratives


  • Eden Hathaway Student Worker



This essay explores Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs through the lens of anthropomorphism and multispecies theory, examining how the film captures the complexities of human-animal relationships and the interconnectedness of all beings. Anderson's distinctive filmmaking style, characterized by vibrant visuals and intricate narratives, serves as a backdrop for the exploration of themes such as empathy, collaboration, and the blurring of boundaries between human and non-human worlds. Drawing upon Donna Haraway's ideas in When Species Meet and academic film reviews, the essay analyzes key scenes and characters to uncover the profound insights offered by Isle of Dogs regarding the nature of interspecies communication and the transformative power of companionship. Ultimately, the film challenges viewers to rethink their perspectives on the world around them and embrace a more inclusive understanding of multispecies interactions.


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Isle of Dogs. Directed by Wes Anderson, performances by Brian Cranston, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Bob Balaban, Fox Searchlight, 2018.




How to Cite

Hathaway, E. (2024). Anthropomorphism Unveiled: A Case Analysis of Isle of Dogs and Its Role in Mediating Multispecies Narratives. Digital Literature Review, 11(1), 11–23.