Zombies and all sorts of supernatural creatures overtake a small town, and only a misunderstood schoolboy can save its citizens in the new 3D, stop-motion comedy thriller ParaNorman. Check out the spooky, whimsical trailer…
Creeping into town on August 17 -- from the animation company that brought you Coraline -- ParaNorman features the voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as Norman, a misunderstood local boy who can speak with the dead – his only real friends. When a centuries-old curse unleashes zombies, ghosts and witches, can the young ghoul whisperer's talents save his village from being damned?
The film also features the vocal talents of Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Jeff Garlin, Tempestt Bledsoe and Bernard Hill.
It looks like the time-honored technique of stop-motion animation is having a bit of a revival this year (if you can count two films back-to-back as a "revival"), with ParaNorman coming out just a few weeks before Tim Burton's stop-motion animated Frankenweenie electrifies theaters.
Given the painstaking process required to create a feature-length film using stop-motion animation, ParaNorman looks like a promising addition to the pantheon of contemporary, creepy films of the stop-motion genre alongside Coraline, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach and the movie that inspired the revival, The Nightmare Before Christmas.