Stop-motion animated feature directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson opens in limited release December 30, 2015.
Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for Anomalisa, the stop-motion animated feature from directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.
Centered on an inspirational speaker who checks into a bizarre hotel, Anomalisa tells the story of a man who struggles with his inability to connect with other people. With a voice cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis, the film is produced by Starburns Industries and Snoot Entertainment, and was partially funded by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched in 2012 that raised $406,237 from 5,770 backers.
The stirring new trailer strikes a balance between comedy and drama for what has been billed as the most “human” film of the year:
As the screenplay writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Anomalisa marks Kaufman’s first foray into stop-motion animation. Co-director Johnson is perhaps best known for overseeing the 2010 animated Christmas episode of NBC’s Community. Robot Chicken producer Rosa Tran is producing.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.