Must Watch: Trailer for Charlie Kaufman's Stop-Motion 'Anomalisa'

November 2, 2015
Source: Apple

Anomalisa Trailer

"Remember - there is someone out there for everyone." Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for Anomalisa, the new stop-motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. This funky sort of drama-romance-comedy mix deals with a guy who is tired of the "mundanity of his life" and meets someone unique on a book tour. Finally, we get to see Michael Stone, voiced by David Thewlis. Up until now, all the marketing or photos available for this film have been that one shot from behind the head, you never know what anyone looks like, but that's all part of the experience. There are only two other voices: Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh. We've reviewed this twice, with two positive reviews, and it's worth your time.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson's Anomalisa, in high def on Apple:

Anomalisa Poster

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. Anomalisa is co-directed by Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson (animation work on "Community", "Moral Orel", "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole"), from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich), originally based on a play. This premiered at the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Paramount will release Anomalisa in select theaters first starting December 30th, before wide in January.

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"Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language The sexual scene was made to allow audiences to feel more uncomfortable than aroused, given the main character's link to depression throughout the film. The fact that most audiences are prepared to laugh at an obviously staged sexual scene with puppets, but will instead be (at least) mildly disturbed by its realistic portrayal, puts this film at a recommended age range of around 21 years and up. This is also due in part to the graphic detail present in the sexual scene, as well as the frequent, unrestrained portrayals of male and female genitalia in the film. There is also a scene where the protagonist stares out of a hotel window and sees a 'man' masturbating in front of a computer screen." ================= The trailer makes it look like a wonderful film. The description from the MPAA, however, has spared me from being part of a deeply disturbed person's social experiment.

txJM on Nov 2, 2015


Oh good, trailer had me worried it's gonna be along the lines of Spike Jonze's Her. The MPAA description is assuring in that it's not just a whimsical feel good flick. Lookin' forward to it.

Terry Craig on Nov 2, 2015


Well, aren't you hip and edgy.

txJM on Nov 2, 2015


If you say so.

Terry Craig on Nov 2, 2015


This has to be the most charming trailer I've seen in a long time. Can't wait to see it, loved everything about the trailer, from the art/animation to the script!

Ricardo_PT on Nov 2, 2015


Damn, those accolades are no joke. Too bad they're mostly from no names.

DAVIDPD on Nov 2, 2015


You are a no name

DavideCoppola on Nov 4, 2015


Ouch. The truth hurts...

DAVIDPD on Nov 4, 2015


Rolling Stone, Ain't It Cool, LA Weekly, Cinevue? What in the Hell are you talking about? Almost every day you prove yourself to be some film wannabe who really doesn't know anything. Good job.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 4, 2015


Thank you. You have once again proven how overly ciritical and ugly people can be here on FS. Thank you for putting me in my place. And to be fair, most people have no clue what AICN and Cinevue are. Rolling Stone is only name that carries true note to the national public, who this poster is designed for, ultimately. I would rather be a wannabe than some one like you who feels the need to be mean spirited on a website like FS.

DAVIDPD on Nov 4, 2015


Hey, don't mention it. Anytime I can be of help, just shout.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 5, 2015


Ok, I'll bite. What personal attack and when did you reach out to me because I honestly don't remember. "Easy to like those that agree in a loving manner, much more difficult to find space in one's heart for those inflicted with pain and anger." Oh God, cry me a river.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 5, 2015


Hi Charles, I think the point Bo and I were trying to make was to just stop being so critical to other people who are just giving their opinions on movies. You may not intend for your comments to be offensive, but it is how they are being read. Intention is fine, but what really counts is perception.

DAVIDPD on Nov 5, 2015


Point taken. I take back the wannabe comment and apologize. As I mentioned to Bo, when an unusual movie like this gets the chance for a wide release, it gets on my nerves how people can be so critical when it hasn't even played. I'm not a huge fan of Charlie Kaufman either, but I have liked most of what I've seen from him. He's certainly one of the few filmmakers willing to take chances so few do these days. I wish people would encourage experimental filmmakers with all of the Hollywood garbage that gets released. Or at least not shoot it down before it gets a release.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 7, 2015


Thank you, Charles. I understand where you are coming from much better now. // See you on the other side.

DAVIDPD on Nov 7, 2015


Thank you, Bo. Maybe he is just in a bad way. I have recently been try to be a lot more positive here on the FS. I always try and think of the adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, shut up." Haha!!~

DAVIDPD on Nov 5, 2015


Wisely said. I mostly meant not making personal attacks on other people, films are all fair game in my book.

DAVIDPD on Nov 6, 2015


I saw a screening of the movie a few weeks ago. "Why puppets that are made out of wood and therefore look wooden?" This reinforces the message and theme of the movie. It makes sense once you hear everyone's voice. "Is there really someone out there for everyone?" The movie isn't really sentimental. It's about a guy who sees everyone as just being the same, which is the exact opposite of someone for everyone.

Ben Nesvig on Nov 2, 2015


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Igor Osamdesetsesti on Nov 2, 2015


No, you really should pass. You seem WAY too hung up on wooden genitalia for some reason. Some people just shouldn't go see movies like this. You may be one.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 4, 2015


Wow, I guess I really must have offended you. I really do apologize.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 5, 2015


The apology is sincere. I could have been less of a dick I suppose, but when an unusual movie like this gets the chance for a wide release, it gets on my nerves how people can be so critical when it hasn't even played. I'm not a huge fan of Charlie Kaufman either, but I have liked most of what I've seen from him. He's certainly one of the few filmmakers willing to take chances so few do these days. Same goes for DAVIDPD. I'll extend the same apology to him.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 7, 2015


Fantastic trailer that doesn't wreck the movie. As unique and darkly funny as every other Kaufman movie I've seen. I really want to watch it again so I can analyze the ending.

Ben Nesvig on Nov 2, 2015


man David Thewlis needs to do more voice acting. This looks fantastic. Count me in.

Xerxexx on Nov 3, 2015

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