Thursday, 12 July 2012


Hello Kickstarers, I would like to tell you about the latest project from Starburns Industries, one of today's most innovative animation studios. The project comes to us from one of the greatest artistic minds of our generation...Charlie Kaufman

This represents the video I can't embed, 
follow the Kickstarter link below to watch it for yourself.

So begins the pledge video for Anomalisa, which the internet has been getting progressively more excited about over the last 24 hours. The prospect of this crowd funded animated film is definitely appealing to many people, having raised nearly half it's proposed budget in the day since it launched the Kickstarter page, but I do wonder slightly if all of them know quite what it is they're putting so much hope (and actual money) into.

The video describes it's lead creator as:

...the cinematic genius behind such films as Being John Malcovitch, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

And is adamant that

...we want to make Anomalisa without the interference of the typical big studio process.

But makes no mention of the last Kaufman project to have been created using such a "hands off" and "respect the pure vision of the artist" technique, Synecdoche New York. Possibly because if you're about to ask the collected online community to give you $200,000 it's probably not the best time to remind them that the last time someone gave that self same cinematic genius the freedom you're so excitedly proposing, the result was a critical mixed bag, a box office disaster*, and possibly the only film I've ever gotten truely angry at for not making sense (even Prometheus was largely followable, and had the good grace to feature a scene in which someone was essentially blow jobbed to death).

Of course this will be a rather different beast, being much much more tightly budgeted, animated and with a planned total run-time of only 40 minutes, but with all other information about the film being rather thin on the ground – the video tells us only that "Anomalisa is a film about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life" which must rival "it's about people coping with things" as an informative plot summery – anyone expecting Being John Malcovitch in half the time might find themselves slightly regretting that $25 digital pre-order when the project finally surfaces. 

*Budget: $21million. Total box-office gross: just under $5million

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