The film is the latest feature from the stop-motion geniuses at Laika Entertainment, the folks behind the outstanding 2009 Neil Gaiman adaptation Coraline. Like that film, ParaNorman is smart enough not to coddle the kids in the crowd. Instead, this new movie is willing to be ghoulish and creepy in a way that both grown-ups and children shoud find rewarding. our last trailer for ParaNorman plays up the creepy aspect, as John Goodman narrates, laying out the supernatural curse that is about to cause havoc in Norman's small hometown. It's short, but every frame is gorgeous, packed with detail, craftsmanship, and atmosphere that puts your average live-action feature to shame.
Basically, Norman is a young outcast who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. When the aforementioned curse brings a whole of zombies and nasty things to town, it's up to Norman to use his unique gift and his courage to save the day like a proper hero.
And a big thanks to Bleeding Cool for sharing the trailer.
Sam Fell and Chris Butler direct, and they've pulled out all the stops visually. They've also gotten fantastic work out of a voice cast that is nicely eclectic. Kodi Smit-McPhee of The Road voices Norman, and supporting characters are brought to audible life by the likes of Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alex Borstein, Bernard Hill, and Tucker Albrizzi.
If you've got some Rogue 3D Eyewear, then you'll be seeing ParaNorman in style this Friday, August 17th.