FoxNext planning virtual reality BTS look at Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

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Jan 11, 2018, 10:03 AM EST

Forget your usual run-of-the-mill behind-the-scenes featurettes, how about actually going on set? That's what’s being offered by FoxNext (alongside Felix & Paul Studios and Google Spotlight Stories), who will be unveiling a virtual-reality BTS experience at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion-animated movie Isle of Dogs, according to Deadline.

Isle of Dogs Behind the Scenes (in Virtual Reality) will let viewers step onto the set and see the cast – including Bryan Cranston and Scarlett Johansson – as they are interviewed while in their animated character forms.

“We kind of liked the idea of the actors looking like the characters they’re playing, almost as if they’re in between takes, talking about their roles,” said Ryan Horrigan, chief content officer of Felix & Paul Studios, per Deadline. “We thought that was really fun — I don’t know that ‘meta’ is the right word — but innovative.”

The BTS footage is said to have taken three months of animating across five different sets to complete.

Set in Japan 20 years in the future, the movie follows 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi, who sets out on an epic journey in search of his furry friend, who's been banished with other pooches to a desolate wasteland known as Trash Island after an outbreak of dog flu. The movie is Anderson’s second stop-motion project following Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), which treated him to a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

As with his other movies, Isle of Dogs has an all-star cast, including his Grand Budapest Hotel collaborators  Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, and Harvey Keitel, as well as Frances McDormand, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Courtney B. Vance, Bob Balaban, and F. Murray Abraham.

Isle of Dogs hits theaters March 23, 2018. The VR experience will be first released on Google Daydream VR headset and on Google’s Pixel phones, and will be available through the Google Spotlight Stories app for Android and Apple devices at a later stage.