ParaNorman Trailer

Under normal circumstances, an animated movie about zombies probably would not hold much interest for me. However, a stop motion animated film about zombies from the same studio who did Coraline… well, that’s a bit of a different story. Granted, this movie is not directed by Henry Selick, who left Laika back in 2009, but it does look like it has a lot more potential than, say, the 2008 CG-animated film Igor. By setting the entirety of the first teaser trailer to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”, it would seem that they are aiming for atmosphere over cheap gags. I’m still not too keen on that title though.

ParaNorman is about a young boy named Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who can talk to dead people. When his small town is attacked by zombies, his strange talent suddenly puts him in a position to be an unlikely hero. The movie is directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell (The Tale of Despereaux, Flushed Away), and the voice cast also includes Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick, Jeff Garlin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. ParaNorman hits theatres on August 17th, 2012; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

  • kyri

    meh.. too weird. nice visuals though.

  • fatbologna

    Too weird, Kyri?! You HAVE seen your own short film haven’t you?


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  • Kasper

    Colaine was boring – this looks just about the same kind of movie. Not interested.

  • Beautiful trailer

  • RC

    Sean, this appears to me to be CG animated, not stop motion.

    The subject interests me but the trailer does not. Nor the animation.

  • I believe it’s a hybrid… most stop motion features seem to be doing this nowadays. The Wallace and Gromit movie used CG in some places too.

  • Nelson

    The trailer will probably be seen as “weird” by a lot of people, including myself, but I am one of those people that don’t automatically jump to the conclusion that “weird” has to mean bad.

    The trailer may be weird but it is definitely also “cool” and very “interesting”. Usually I don’t go to the theater to see animated movies, but this is one of the times where I could see myself making an exception.

    This would be a very neat movie for Halloween, unfortunately it seems that it will not be released until August of next year. It’s hugely possible that by August half of us that are interested in seeing this movie will have forgotten all about it, but maybe that’s just me.

    It just seems a little early for a trailer. I hope that this movie will actually be as entertaining to watch as it appears that it will be. We’ll see.