Dan Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos Turn to Kickstarter to Produce ANOMALISA, a Stop-Motion Animated Film Written by Charlie Kaufman

     July 11, 2012

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This is what Kickstarter is meant for.  Community creator Dan Harmon encountered trouble working within the system, so he has turned to the public to fund a very exciting new project, Anomalisa. Charlie Kaufman scripted the stop-motion animated film about a motivational speaker who travels the country, but his life has become meaningless: “Suddenly one day, a girl’s voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of ‘aliveness’, he’s willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life.”

As if Harmon and Kaufman weren’t enough, Dino Stamatopoulos is also producing.  You may know him best as Starburns on Community, but Stamatopoulos is also the authority on iconoclastic stop-motion animation.  He helped Harmon write the Community stop-motion Christmas special and created Moral Orel and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, two gems in the Adult Swim catalog.  Duke Johnson of Starburns Industries will direct and executive produce alongside Harmon and Stamatopolous.  Hit the jump for the full synopsis and a pitch trailer.

Head to Kickstarter to help fund this thing.

I believe all those figures in the Last Supper setup are from Moral Orel, Frankenhole, or the Community Christmas special—including Jesus, voiced by Andy Dick in Frankenhole.

Official synopsis:

Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

The film follows a celebrated motivational speaker travelling the country, changing the lives of countless people. But in the course of transforming others, his life has become hollow and meaningless. It’s a grey and monotonous existence where people literally look and sound identical.

Suddenly one day, a girl’s voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of “aliveness”, he’s willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life.

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