Nowadays Michel Gondry makes mostly live action films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, but he has been intimately connected with animation processes since his earliest days as a music video director. His new feature, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, harkens back to his experimental roots as he animates the theories of linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky. It also might just be the first American animated film this year that isn’t packed with fart gags and bodily function humor:
Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.