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Ties by Dina Velikovskaya
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7 Animation Films Nominated for Césars 2022
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Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio: First Trailer
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Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview
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Blue Fear by Marie Jacotey and Lola Halifa-Legrand
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The Summit of the Gods Opens Anima Festival
Kafka's Doll by Bruno Simões: Trailer (Exclusive)
Kafka's Doll by Bruno Simões: Trailer (Exclusive)
The Island by Anca Damian at Rotterdam International Film Festival
The Island by Anca Damian at Rotterdam International Film Festival
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'Flee' Review: Agency in A Closeted World
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The House Stop-Motion Series on Netflix
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Flowing Home (Comme un fleuve) by Sandra Desmazières
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55 European Animation Features Per Year. Do We Watch Them and Are They Enough?
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15 Animation Shorts in the Oscar 2022 Race
The Captain and the Ship: Director and Producer in Stop Motion Animation
The Captain and the Ship: Director and Producer in Stop Motion Animation

Charlie Kaufmann's stop-motion feature has a trailer.

Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, struggles with his inability to connect to people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view.

 This is the storyline of Charlie Kaufman's new feature film (co-directed with Duke Johnson), after Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2001), and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

 The only difference is that this time is stop-motion.

 Kaufman and Johnson use their puppets not to hide their artificiality, but to blur the difference between the human element and the 3D-printed faces. The trailer feels like a well-thought essay on human individuality, packed up with mundane puppet clothings and a sense of European angst overall.

These puppets have nothing showy or spectacular about them (no Svankmajer here nor even Trnka), but they look like they are trying to become a human -just like Pinocchio craved to become 'a real boy'. 

 

David Thewlis voices Michael Stone, Jennifer Jason Leigh voices Lisa, and Tom Noonan does everyone else. US release (Selected theaters): 30 December. Expect a major Oscar push for the film - and a funny thing to have a stop-motion feature in the Academy's Best Film nominations this year.