Director Wes Anderson extends to you an invitation to explore locations from each of his films in the vast world he has created. Known for his worldbuilding and attention to detail, the places Wes Anderson takes us are both familiar and foreign, but altogether quite unique. With over a decade of his films, from feature length to short, we now present to you the opportunity to join the tour through the world of Wes Anderson and our top 10 stops along the way.
10. Trash Island (Isle of Dogs, 2018)
The least inviting on our tour of Wes Anderson’s world, Trash Island from this year’s Isle of Dogs is riddled with pups just looking to get by. All the while building their own community and working together to reunite a boy with his best friend, Trash Island can be reached by crash-landing your one-person plane onto the island, serendipitously coming across a pack of ill dogs, and having them take you on a walk of their world. Please note: you might want to bring a hazmat suit.
9. The Sewers (Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2009)
If you’re plotting your next move when the farmers have run you out of town, the sewers in Fantastic Mr. Fox is just the place. With the animals huddled in, fending off psychopathic rats, and Mr. Fox himself realizing the danger he put the ones he loves in, the sewers mark a turning point to this fox’s tale. While Mr. Fox’s home would be a lovely place to visit, it seems that the real magic takes place when the animals are forced to become gutter dwellers. Little do the farmers know the animals are scheming quite the storm as they settle into their new home.
8. The Darjeeling Limited (The Darjeeling Limited, 2007)
Don’t miss this train. Reconnect with your estranged siblings on The Darjeeling Limited from Wes Anderson’s film of the same name. You’ll get quite familiar with your neighbors, maybe even fall in love. The Darjeeling Limited would, however, ask that you refrain from using mace while the train is en route.
7. Room 403 (Hotel Chavelier, 2007)
If you’re looking to escape your romantic partner, you might find some refuge in Room 403 of the Hotel Chavelier. Complete with a television for your favorite black-and-white picture, room service so that grilled cheese may be brought straight to your room, and did we mention the lovely view of Paris you can enjoy on your balcony? The only catch: the staff will not give your room number should your former lover show up unexpected. But rest assured, you can play Peter Sarstedt’s “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)” as many times as you like.
6. Rushmore Academy (Rushmore, 1998)
School is back in session at Rushmore Academy. Filmed at Anderson’s alma mater – Houston’s St. Johns – the academy has a slew of activities for which you can join. You may find, however, that the same person seems to be in charge. Nevertheless, take your place with your favorite group or extracurricular activity for the school yearbook, maybe check in on some previous teachers. But we’d ask that you maybe not check in with former teachers you may have been in love with. Either way, reminisce and be glad you no longer have to study.
5. The Belafonte (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2003)
All aboard the Belafonte. Enjoy a sauna and take a peek into the editing suite. There’s also a room for science purposes, experiments and so on. While the loyal boat has seen better days, it nevertheless has surprises and history at every corner. Things may become a tad closed quartered. But do not fret, take in some fresh air on the deck and enjoy the song stylings of David Bowie sung in Portuguese. Bon Voyage!
4. Camp Ivanhoe (Moonrise Kingdom, 2012)
Join Scout Master Ward at our stop at Camp Ivanhoe from Moonrise Kingdom. The Scout Master will be more than happy to take you on the tour of the camp as well as the daily inspections, including latrine, spot check, and examining treehouse height. There are strict rules at Camp Ivanhoe, so make sure your uniform is up to par. We may have to cut the tour short, as it appears one of the scouts has flown the coup.
3. Caffe (Castello Cavalcanti, 2013)
Well if we find ourselves broken down on this tour, don’t worry. The Caffe from Anderson’s 2013 short Castello Cavalcanti, is open for business. Take a seat with local folks and have a plate of spaghetti. Think back to your ancestors and reconnect with your homeland. If you feel like staying longer, pull up a chair. Don’t worry about paying.
2. The Home of the Royal Tenenbaums (The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001)
With the house originally located in Harlem, take some time to explore the New York City of Wes Anderson by way of the Royal Tenenbaums’ home from The Royal Tenenbaums. Each level, devoted to each of the Tenenbaums children houses a family as unique as the home, itself. Get lost in some rooms. Take a copy of one of Chas’ financial magazines. Or maybe you’d like to explore the third floor and page through Margot’s library of plays. If neither suggestion fancies your interest, take a look in the attic, Richie’s drum set might still be there. You’ll find the place is as extravagant as the family who resides here, making it their, maybe not so, humble abode.
1. The Lobby of The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014)
Before checking in to your room at The Grand Budapest Hotel, take a walk through the lobby. Bold reds and pinks will line the carpet and occasionally, you may see a flash of purple as the lobby boy, Zero, whisks by on his next assignment. If you’d like to meet Monsieur Gustave of The Grand Budapest Hotel, you may find him flying by in search of his painting ‘Boy With Apple.’ Nevertheless, there is a vastness to the layout of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Should you turn down one hall, you’ll come across the Royal Tenenbaums’ suite. Just a few doors down, Suzy and Sam escaping those who would come between their love. But be wary of the kitchens. You might find Mr. Fox taking a morsel or two.
Thank you for going on our tour!