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.