In time for Halloween, Laika and Focus Features released a first look at the stop-motion animated flick ParaNorman. Directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, The Tale of Despereaux) and Chris Butler, ParaNorman is the story of a boy that can talk to the dead.
Norman Babcock is an outcast kid with the ability to communicate with the dead in this comedy-thriller. When his town comes under siege by zombies, Norman has to face, in addition to zombies, ghosts, witches and moronic adults. All this to save his town for a centuries-old curse.
For stop-motion animation studio Laika, this is only their second feature film after the successful and very well received Coraline back in 2009. As you can see from the trailer, it’s looking just as great visually and the premise could make for a fun movie. Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse lend their voices to various characters in the film. ParaNorman is scheduled to open August 17th, 2012 even though it looks more like a Halloween release then a late summer one.