Charlie Kaufman’s Stop-Motion “Anomalisa” Trailer


The latest offering from the Being John Malcovich  writer, Anomalisa is set for an Oscar-qualifying run at the end of the year.

It’s no secret that Charlie Kaufman has little interest in making mainstream films. From his first major gig writing Spike Jonze‘s Being John Malcovich to his movement into directing/writing with Synecdoche, New York, he’s made no bones about only creating unique, challenging worlds. A lot of the mainstream audience is fine having little or nothing to do with him, but despite that Kaufman’s following is substantial. Work like the Academy Award-winning Eternal Sunshine has garnered Kaufman a hungry following. This fantasy has spent the guts of the last decade hunting for hints of a next project. Earlier this year the project arrived in the form of Anomalisa, and now we’ve got a trailer for it.

The news from is that the trailer made it’s humble debut yesterday. If you don’t know much about the project, it’s a stop motion animation feature written by Kaufman and directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson (Community). With a cast of three, the story centers around motivational author Michael Stone who encounters a woman named Lisa in a Cincinatti hotel. The feelings he has for her cause him to reevaluate what’s important in life. Michael is voiced by David Thewlis (Harry Potter) and Lisa is voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight). What about all the other characters? Well apparently they’re all played by Damages star Tom Noonan.

If you watch the trailer, there are a number of philosophical musings underpinning the interactions of everyday life that often go unnoticed. The animation itself is quite striking and plays into the delicacy and softness of the subject.

Anomalisa won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and has been a firm contender on the festival circuit this year. The film will go on a limited Oscar-qualifying run at the end of December this year. This could be a safe bet, since the project is bound to get some firm Oscar support. If it gets a best animated feature nomination, Disney and Pixar will be feeling the pressure.

Watch this space for all the latest Anomalisa movie news.

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