First trailer for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

"Jiminy Cricket, he flew the coop!"

The first trailer has landed online for Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy Moonrise Kingdom, and if you weren’t previously a fan of the director’s kookily offbeat style, chance are this won’t be the film to change your mind!

The film is set amid a New England island community in the mid- ’60s, and tells the story of a pair of twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and then run off together into the wilderness. However, a massive off-shore storm is brewing, and the authorities are anxious to recover the runaways before it eventually hits.

Take a look at the new trailer below…

The trailer couldn’t be more quirky if it tried, what with its patented Anderson cast of characters, from preternaturally composed kids to spectacularly ill-equipped parents, and whimsical soundtrack.

However, even if Anderson isn’t your bad, there’s no denying the fantastic cast on show, including Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. We particularly like the look of Willis’ local lawman, and Murray’s long-suffering husband and father.

Moonrise Kingdom arrives in the US on 25 May 2012, with a UK release expected later in the summer.

An Anderson masterpiece, or too quirky for its own good? Tell us what you think, below.


    • jonnykerr13

      Jan 13th 2012, 12:28

      Must see this. Wes Anderson has this ability of taking serious subject matters, keeping them serious but making you laugh at the same time. The children in 'The Royal Tenenbaums' have a knack of being more mature than the adults and this looks as if it's going to follow suite. Weird, cooky and hilarious pretty much sums up his films. I mean Bill Murray...

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    • FBJWhittle

      Jan 13th 2012, 12:34

      @TheKingofCinema - You're not a big fan of Paul Thomas Anderson but "absolutely loved" 3 out of his 4 films?? Sounds like a big fan to me.

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    • durden

      Jan 13th 2012, 13:56

      come on total film...i think it looks great!

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 13th 2012, 18:41

      Possibly the only time in cinema history Jason Schwartzman has ever been compared to Jared Leto...

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 13th 2012, 19:43

      They're two completely different actors, in different genres, look nothing like each other. I agree with you fairly often as it happens, in fact I do think Leto is the better actor, but that doesn't alter the fact that was a bizarre comparison.

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    • FBEXanthopoul

      Jan 21st 2012, 17:06, by Theo Alexander, Let 2011 end as soon as possible, ’cause 2012 is bringing us Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson’s latest movie, which is currently in post-production, is definitely something to look forward to. Packed with stars like Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Frances McDormand, a screenplay written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola and yet another surreal and colourful direction by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom is great news for all those dedicated fans of the director’s intelligent quirkiness. The film is set in the 1960s and tells the story of a young couple that fall in love and run away from their New England town. However, as the escape is mistaken for a disappearance, it prompts a long search led by the town leaders and the girl’s parents, which brings the whole town upside down. The director’s first live action film since The Darjeeling Limited in 2007, Wes Anderson is rumoured to have done it again. Filming began in Rhode Island in May 2011 and wrapped on the 28th of June 2011, and distribution is about to begin. Another independently produced film in Anderson’s résumé, the movie’s worldwide rights and U.S. distribution were acquired by Focus Features while StudioCanal picked up the film for distribution in France. Although Fox Searchlight did a great job with Anderson’s previous two movies, the fact that Focus Features is distributing Moonrise Kingdom is particularly good news since they are more selective, they tend to favour quirky originality and have a great list of independent films in their résumé: Lost In Translation, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Greenberg. Wes Anderson’s seventh film is produced by himself, Scott Rudin (also the producer of Anderson’s two previous films Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited), Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson from American Empirical Pictures. The script is signed by Wes Anderson alongside Roman Coppola, the duo that brought us The Darjeeling Limited in 2007. No specific release date has yet been announced, but early 2012 is a definite, so keep an eye out for another brilliantly bizarre film by the man that brought us Bottle Rocket. Theo Alexander at

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