Anomalisa is a 2015 American stop-motion adult animated romantic comedy-drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, and written by Kaufman based on his own play of the same name (released under the pseudonym Francis Fregoli). The film stars the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan. It became the first animated film to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, after premiering at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2015.
The film follows Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, 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.
The film was released on December 30, 2015 by Paramount Pictures. Anomalisa opened to wide acclaim from critics, who praised its writing and emotional depth. Various publications have since named it one of the finest films of 2015.