MIAMI (CBSMiami) – From the creator of the hit films “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” comes a quirky new, unique dark comedy that’s visually very different from most other animated films.

Now out in theaters, “Anomalisa” tells the story of a self-help author who lives a very mundane life. He sees no way out of the doldrums until he meets a woman named Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.

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The film has a distinct feel for it’s audience. It’s done in stop-motion animation, paying special attention to costume and hair design.

CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo sat down with the makers of the film to discuss what makes it a standout.

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“They are puppets that exist in a real three dimensional space and all the sets, and all the details, props, and everything that you see is fabricated and built, set up on a stage, and it’s lit and there are many stages going simultaneously,” said animator Duke Johnson. “The way that it literally works is that these puppets are posed and a still frame is taken and they’re moved again, and a still frame is taken and over the sequence of 24 still frames a second it creates the illusion of movement.”

“For me as an audience member, there is sort of a fun in the sense of pride in realizing something that I’m not hit over the head with,” Anomalisa’s writer and director Charlie Kaufmann.

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The film, which took three years to make, has been a huge hit with critics and has received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best animated film.

Lisa Petrillo