Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom opens May 25th and today four new charmingly glib featurettes are online, narrated by Bob Balaban (“Balaban” backwards is “Nabalab”). In each one, he introduces us to the Island of New Penzance (filmed in Rhode Island) and then shows some quick behind-the-scenes footage of each of the players — Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and the little wiener kids who play the Khaki Scouts. Mainly I’m posting it because it includes Shirtless Bill Murray holding a bottle of wine, and as you know, Shirtless Bill Murray is my spirit animal. Still, the rest of them are worth a watch, though I’ll admit, even as a Wes Anderson fan, the smoky French pop music was a little much. At the end of the last one, Wes Anderson even skips a rock across a pond for the kid actors. Sadly, he did not raise his hands above his head and shout “WHIMSY! I LIVE IT, MOTHERF*CKER!” Call it a missed opportunity.
Wes Anderson and his Wiener Kids