‘Anomalisa’ Trailer: Charlie Kaufman Enters Stop-Motion Animation

The unique mind of Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) goes the stop-motion animation route with Anomalisa, an upcoming drama that sees Kaufman writing and co-directing alongside stop-motion director Duke Johnson.

Anomalisa tells the story of Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), a husband, father and author crippled by his mundane life. During a business trip to Cincinnati, he finds that he may have found the love of his life in the form of Lisa, an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep also staying at the Fregoli Hotel.

This certainly looks like a bit of an odd picture, but one that could pack in some fantastic work by Kaufman. The early reviews -just look at that poster below- are fantastic, so here’s hoping we’re in for something special.

Anomalisa will be getting a limited release in the U.S. from December 30 and in Australia from February 4, 2016.

Synopsis for Anomalisa:

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.