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Genre: Animated
Directed By: Charlie Kaufman
Duke Johnson
Produced By: Rosa Tran
Duke Johnson
Charlie Kaufman
Dino Stamatopoulos
Written By: Charlie Kaufman
Based On: Anomalisa
by Charlie Kaufman (as Francis Fregoli)
Starring: David Thewlis
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Tom Noonan
Cinematography: Joe Passarelli
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: September 4, 2015 (Telluride Film Festival)
December 30, 2015 (United States/Limited release)
January 3, 2016 (United States/Wide release)
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $8 million
Box Office: $5.7 million

Anomalisa is a 2015 American stop-motion animated psychological comedy-drama film directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. Kaufman adapted the screenplay from his 2005 audio play Anomalisa, written under the pseudonym Francis Fregoli, a reference to the Fregoli delusion. It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2015, and was released an limited released on December 30, 2015 and wide released on January 3, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. The film follows a lonely customer service expert (voiced by David Thewlis) who perceives everyone (all voiced by Tom Noonan) as identical until he meets a unique woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in a Cincinnati hotel.


In 2005, Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective. But, when he went on a business trip, he met a stranger - an extraordinary stranger, which slowly became a cure for his negative view on life that possibly will change his mundane life.

Why It Rocks

  1. Unlike most of adult animated films, it doesn't feature blood and gore, but there is still violence.
  2. They got Charlie Kaufman, the creator of audio play as not only director, but produced and screenplay as well.
  3. Excellent stop-motion animation. With that, it is nice to create the clay of them.
  4. The voice performance of David Thewlis as Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lisa Hesselman are nothing, but awesome, you may wonder what could you realise about that.
  5. Painfully rich background and colors that it could interesting to look at for all.
  6. Lisa Hesselman sing the song "Momotarō's Song", which is the most beautiful at all time for once.
  7. It's basically the stop-motion version of Up in the Air and Lost in Translation.
  8. Michael Stone is literally a likable protagonist, for instance, he is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective. But because he went to trip, he meets a woman called, Lisa Hesselman and having spent day to life, which making it a cool characters development as what it use do it.
  9. Carter Burwell's musical score is may enough to use to emotional and does perfect for our once and for all.


Anomalisa received better reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports a 92% approval rating for the film based on 268 reviews; the average rating is 8.40/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.". The film also holds an 88 out of 100 weighted average rating on Metacritic based on 46 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".



  • It marks the first R-rated animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
  • It is also Charlie Kaufman's first animated feature, stop-motion or otherwise.

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