First Trailer for Charlie Kaufman’s Stop-Motion ‘Anomalisa’

Charlie Kaufman’s Stop-Motion

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s stop-motion animated film Anomalisa has debuted its first trailer to give us a glimpse into the unique world of a puppet-driven movie that takes itself seriously.

The voice cast of this tricky movie to talk about and a trickier movie to sell includes David Thewlis (The Theory of Everything) as lead character Michael and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) as Lisa, a woman he meets, while offbeat character actor Tom Noonan (The House of the Devil) voices every other character in the film.

Anomalisa premiered at the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and will open on December 30, 2015 in limited release before going wide in January – just in time for awards season. The score is done by a longtime Coen bros. composer Carter Burwell. Watch it below.

This funky sort of drama-romance-comedy mix is far more profound, moving and disturbing than the trailer leads you to believe. The trailer makes it look like a wonderful film, but its realistic portrayal puts this film at a recommended age range of around 21 years and up.

Charlie Kaufman’s Stop-Motion

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.