Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa asks what it is to be human

Published by Daniel Bennifer on November 3, 2015 3:04 pm
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Anomalisa, the first stop-motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman ponders existential questions and looks mesmerizing in the process.

Every now and again a previously unheard of film will pop up onto the radar and absolutely blow you away. Anomalisa, an animated stop-motion film from Charlie Kaufman, is one of them. You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of it before – but you’re going to a lot over the coming months.

The film initially began as a Kickstarter project, with a modest goal of $200,000. Which, I’m happy to say, it surpassed with flying colours, with backers pledging a total of more than $400,000 to help bring the project to life. The success of the film led Paramount Pictures to purchase it for a $5 million sum.

It isn’t hard to see why. The film is absolutely mesmerizing to behold, dealing with some of life’s biggest questions. It’s about a man who’s going through an existential crisis and ponders the very question: what is it to be human? Yet, it doesn’t start a single human actor. Despite that, it is undeniably powerful.

Clocking in at 40 minutes in length, Anomalisa follows Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author. He’s also a man who’s crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel, where he discovers a possible escape from his desperation in the form of unassuming Akron baked good sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.

Needless to say, this is one to watch. From the mind of Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adapation), Anomalisa has a vocal cast that includes David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan.

So, when will you be able to see it for yourself? In the United States it will open to a limited theatrical run on December 30, ahead of the United Kingdom where it is slated for next March.

Stay tuned to GizLine for future coverage pertaining to the release of Anomalisa. We’ll be sure to keep you informed. In the meantime, share your thoughts on the trailer with us in the comments below.

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  1. Zachary (November 3, 2015 5:56 pm)

    It has a dream-like quality which is really rather beautiful. Very moving trailer.


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