Norman, a boy who’s able to speak with the dead, has to take on zombies, ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his small town from a centuries-old curse.
Between this and Pirates! Band of Misfits, there looks to be a significant amount of good stop-motion animation coming out in 2012! It’s all going to be in 3D, of course, but I’ve always found stop-motion in 3D to be pretty neat. ParaNorman is from Laika animation studios, the people behind Coraline and Corpse Bride – and can I just say how much I love their brand of supernatural stop-motion? It makes me so glad to see movies like this coming out. Oh, and did I mention the voice cast? Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Chris Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman all lend their voices. Not that you hear any of them in the teaser – instead, we get the classic Donovan track Season of the Witch, thereby making this one of the best trailers I’ve seen all year.
ParaNorman comes out August 17, 2012.