In an exclusive interview for Den of Geek, we learned that the movie has recently been changed from its original concept of stop-motion backgrounds and 2D characters to being animated entirely in stop-motion. Folman, whose parents were Holocaust survivors, expressed that, “There is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations”.
Though Folman was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe for the animated war documentary film Waltz with Bashir, you might be more familiar with his last movie The Congress which we mentioned back in June. This film, which used both live-action and traditional animation, starred The Princess Bride’s Robin Wright playing a fictionalised version of herself who agrees to be preserved digitally for a future Hollywood. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on the 2nd of December at Amazon.
There have already being many television and film adaptations about Anne Frank – and even a traditional animated feature-length film made in 1999 – but perhaps a new stop-motion interpretation is what a younger generation needs to keep the story alive. One thing is for certain, it is a bold enough idea that will most likely get him noticed during the awards season again.