A video was released recently offering a small making of peek at the upcoming stop-motion drama Anomalisa, which is written by Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich writer Charlie Kaufman, and co-directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson, who’s known for his stop-motion TV work directing an episode of Moral Orel, the stop-motion episode of Community, and multiple episodes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole.
The movie follows an author on a business trip who meets a woman who might just be the escape from his increasingly boring life he’s been looking for. Hopefully the video below is just a tease of a much, much longer making of featurette we’ll get to see on the movie’s Blu-ray release.
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.
Anomalisa will be released in limited theaters beginning on December 30th, and everywhere in January.
Also included below is the film’s trailer, if you’ve not yet seen it.