Wes Anderson + dogs + stop motion This was obviously gorgeous to look at, and the stuff with the dogs was very charming, while also quite dark. The human sub-plot with the American girl uncovering some conspiracy theory was really weak however. I'd have preferred it if they shelved the tacked-on happy ending - given it's totally not a children's film anyway - and just made it a wistful adventure that only featured the Little Pilot of the human cast and ended with less of a forced resolution. It was particularly awks that the decision not to translate any of the Japanese speech - which, again, was fine in the dog scenes but much less so in the human-centred ones - forced them to have a white American girl lecturing the Japanese characters about cruelty. Still, it was very nice with a great voice cast and a mercifully brisk runtime.