The upcoming Isle Of Dogs looks wonderful, with a post-apocalyptic world full of garbage, dogs, and celebrated character actors offering wry asides over ’60s British Invasion B-sides, presumably. It’s also, for director Wes Anderson, a return to the stop-motion animation style of his 2009 sleeper classic Fantastic Mr. Fox, which has quietly gained a following among some of the director’s fans as the auteur’s low-key masterpiece.

One such fan is video essayist Karsten Runquist, who declares it his “favorite film” and explains why in a short video essay. He argues that there’s a lot more going on than was initially apparent in Anderson’s Roald Dahl adaptation—namely, a richer, seemingly “sad” ending that teaches children a more important lesson than most ostensible children’s films attempt. The key is the short, puzzling “Canis lupus” scene, in which the anthropomorphic stars of the film briefly interact with a wild wolf. It sets a hopeful context for the seemingly diminished ambitions of Mr. Fox at the film’s conclusion, in which he finds himself still living in a hole, but newly accepting of it.

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Anderson’s one of those directors whose various films can all be argued as his indisputable best, and Runquist’s attachment to Mr. Fox seems based more than a little on personal connection. At the very least, it’s a compelling argument to internalize so you can more knowingly rebut it the next time you are forced to convince people that, no, actually Grand Budapest Hotel is his best movie.