ParaNorman Opens in Theaters Friday, August 17, 2012

This post will have official information from Focus Features on the upcoming stop-motion animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, opening in theaters on Friday, August 17, 2012.  ParaNorman is created by the animation company Laika – makers of 2009 film Coraline, and follows Norman, a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead.  The film promotes a positive message of embracing those qualities that make each of us unique and not to shy away from our gifts,  hence the tagline, “You don’t become a hero by being normal.”  Continue reading for more news, trailers, images, and behind the scenes videos for the film.

Update August 3, 2012

George Gensler attended an advance screening of the film, and provides this spoiler-free review.  She thinks fans of classic monster movies will definitely enjoy ParaNorman.

(l - r) Neil (voiced by Tucker Albrizzi) and Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) stare at the witch in Blithe Hollow’s town square in ParaNorman. Laika, Inc. / Focus Features, LLC.


Update July 27, 2012

A detailed behind-the-scenes look at the 2 year process to create ParaNorman – including a terrific video titled “Hand Making the World of ParaNorman.”  Click here to check it out.

Animator Justin Rausch helps put Norman in a dangerous situation for ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller. Laika, Inc. / Focus Features, LLC.


Original post from July 25, 2012

From Focus Features Press Release:

In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies.  Who can it call?  Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead.  In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse.  But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) brushes his teeth with his zombie toothbrush in ParaNorman. © 2012 Focus Features


The film is rated PG and is the second stop-motion animated release from the makers of CoralineParaNorman is directed by Sam Fell (“The Tale of Despereaux,” “Flushed Away”) and Chris Butler (who also served as writer).  Leslie Mann, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck and Kodi Smit-McPhee lend their voices to the film.

Take a look at the video below for a peek at how the puppet of Norman is hand-made and brought to life through the artistry, creativity and imagination of craftsman and animators.  I’ve always been impressed with stop-motion animation, but maybe even more so after watching this video.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.