Great Job, Internet!: Inside the tiny, insanely detailed world of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa

If the prospect of a stop-motion animated film written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman is not enough to quicken the pulse of a film critic, very little will. Based on his own play, Kaufman’s Anomalisa is a unique, long-gestating comedy-drama made in collaboration with animator Duke Johnson, who also worked on Moral Orel and Community‘s stop-motion Christmas episode. The project is really not a radical departure for Kaufman. After all, his breakthrough film as a screenwriter, 1999’s Being John Malkovich, contained this classic burn from Catherine Keener to John Cusack: “You play with dolls, Craig.” If “Crafting Anomalisa,” a promotional featurette from Paramount Pictures, is to be believed, the creation of this 90-minute film took three years of playing with dolls, as well as lots of tiny furniture and props: wee little telephones, desks, and beds. If the human characters, voiced by David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh …

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