Dan Harmon and Charlie Kaufman Want You to Kickstart ‘Anomalisa’
Dan Harmon and Charlie Kaufman have both encountered career troubles as of late, but neither are letting that get them down. The two are joining forces for a new stop-motion animation project, and you can help!
Dan Harmon and Charlie Kaufman have both recently had problems working within the confines of a corporate system — Harmon was dethroned from his title as showrunner for ‘Community‘ at NBC, and Kaufman’s ‘Frank or Francis’ film has been indefinitely postponed.
But they aren’t letting their creative inclinations go to waste. Kaufman has scripted a story called ‘Anomalisa,’ which Dan Harmon is looking to produce alongside ‘Community’ friend Dino Stamatopoulos. Stamatopoulos is the perfect partner for the project, as he co-wrote the ‘Community’ stop-motion Christmas episode and is the creator of Cartoon Network’s ‘Moral Orel’ and ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole’ — both of which are stop-motion animated comedies. (‘Moral Orel’ in particular is a real treat and worth seeking out.) Duke Johnson of Starburns Industries (Starburns!) will direct.
The guys are asking for $200,000 to fund the project over at Kickstarter. A reasonable request to help ensure this amazing project from some of our brightest, creative minds gets off the ground.
The official synopsis and trailer below:
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.