The innovative new animated film Anomalisa has a new featurette describing just how they captured such human emotions in puppets.
Directors Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson (Frankenhole) speak on the new Anomalisa featurette about creating the puppets and molding them into unique creatures.
"Figuring out what the characters were gonna look like was obviously a big important thing and we kind of mixed and matched a little bit and got these puppets," Kaufman recalls.
"We were able to take advantage of the medium in the sense that, since we're not gonna have these actors and it's not gonna look like the actors that we cast, that we could make them specific and unique but also very average and relatable," Johnson adds.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, who lends her voice to the character of Lisa in the film, discusses how the puppets create a more relatable feeling than a human every could.
"Because they're puppets, we can project ourselves onto them in a way that you can't maybe when it's a real person," she says.
Anomalisa is steadily gaining Oscar buzz, having received nominations at the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature. Additionally, the film racked up four nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature, Best Director for Kaufman and Johnson, Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Screenplay for Kaufman.
Anomalisa is currently out in theaters in limited release.