Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman stop-motion film spotlights main characters
Anamolisa, though dazzling with its stop-motion animation, is nothing without its characters. Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, the film puts the spotlight on Lisa and Michael in two new featurettes.
Michael (voiced by David Thewlis) is in “deep anguish.” Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh) is “incredibly self-depricating.” He’s “lonely,” she “knows who she is.” He’s “a disappointed man,” she’s “made peace with all the things she thinks about herself.” Together, they’ve earned raves from critics.
Thewlis and Leigh describe their characters over footage of the emotional, cinematic dance they perform, punctuated by high-pitched pings. Watch the video for Lisa above and the one for Michael below.
“Anomalisa is a staggeringly inventive Trojan horse of a film,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “It dazzles our senses with a shock of the new. And while we’re trying to process what we’re witnessing, [Kaufman’s] slyly and subversively getting us to grapple with life’s bigger and thornier questions.”
The film, already playing in theaters, is among the 16 announced on the shortlist for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. Nominations will be revealed on Jan. 14.