Wes Anderson Offers Visual Vocabulary Lesson With "Moonrise Kingdom" Trailer

In two minutes, you’ll learn just about everything you need to know about what’s doing in the creative mind of the director behind The Royal Tannenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more.

Technically, this is the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom, scheduled for limited release on May 25. But really, it’s a two-minute rundown of all of Anderson’s visual devices: Boy scout uniforms; kids dressed in elaborate bird costumes; camp; camp plays; a scavenger hunt; a lighthouse; handwritten letters; Tang; a coonskin cap; a wine-swilling Bill Murray; tents; a vintage record player; an eye patch; a moped in a tree; a box kite; Jason Schwartzman; Indian canoes; wood panelling—good god, the wood panelling… and more. All in two minutes. Wes Anderson, you have outdone yourself.

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  • Stupid Git

    Looks like with the Fantastic Mr. Fox Anderson finally worked out his daddy issues he'd rehashed through every film and has moved on to his mommy issues. Otherwise, a font change and the rest is his standard formula of quirk over substance.