‘Anomalisa’ Featurette Goes Behind Charlie Kaufman’s First Animated Film


A great little featurette has been released as part of the marketing for Anomalisa, the upcoming stop-motion animated film from filmmaker Charlie Kaufman and experienced animator Duke Johnson.

Kaufman, known for writing Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is certainly going a different route with this one, and early reviews have pegged it as an emotional, funny and bizarre drama.

Anomalisa, which tells the story of a businessman who sparks up a relationship of sorts with a sales rep also staying in his hotel, contains what look like fantastic visuals, apparently complementing Kaufman’s left-of-centre imaginings.

“Each animator had a goal of two seconds of animation, which is 48 individual frames of animation, per day,” explains co-director Johnson. 118,089 frames of film later, Anomalisa was born. We can’t wait for this one.

Anomalisa, featuring the voice work of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan, opens in limited U.S. release on December 30 before opening wide sometime in January.

Rundown for Anomalisa:

From Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, comes Anomalisa, his first animated film.

Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.

A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell. The darkly comedic and surreal stop-motion journey of a man’s long night of the soul, ANOMALISA confirms Charlie Kaufman’s place amongst the most important of American filmmakers, and announces Duke Johnson as a major creative force.