‘ParaNorman’ Teaser Trailer: Stop-Motion Animated Supernatural Goodness

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 1:17 pm,

paranorman trailer ParaNorman Teaser Trailer: Stop Motion Animated Supernatural Goodness

Stop-motion animation has long been used to tell strange and often bizarre supernatural stories (see: any one that involves Tim Burton) – and with good reason. It allows filmmakers to create characters and worlds that are somewhat exaggerated versions of reality which in turn makes the appearance of unusual creatures feel all the more organic within their (often peculiar) stylized surroundings.

Enter ParaNorman – a new stop-motion project that, judging by the films’ teaser trailer, could be as entertainingly off-beat as the works of Burton and/or director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline).

This early ParaNorman theatrical preview plays up its connection to Coraline, since both were produced by the animation studio LAIKA. However, the former was actually co-direced by Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and Chris Butler, a first-time co-helmer and former storyboard supervisor who worked on Disney’s direct-to-DVD Tarzan II before he moved onto bigger and better films like Corpse Bride and Coraline.

Chances are good that there’s still a good chunk of post-production work to be done on ParaNorman, which would explain why this early theatrical preview has very little synchronous sound – and (appropriately) primarily features Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” as an audio accompaniment. Nonetheless… this looks like an enjoyably quirky and demented family-friendly monster story.

Watch the ParaNorman teaser trailer below and see what we mean:

ParaNorman tells the tale of young Norman, a young boy with heavy eyelids and the ability to communicate with the dead. That proves to be quite helpful when his hometown is besieged by (according to the film’s official synopsis) “zombies, ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, [forcing Norman] to save his town from a centuries-old curse.”

There’s a lot of cool and creepy imagery shown here, including an insect swarm bursting out of a teddy bear’s mouth, possessed toilet paper forming itself into grasping hands, and a variety of fantastical creatures terrorizing the residents of Norman’s neighborhood. None of it is shown in context here, of course, but that just makes it all the more tantalizing of a tease.

Lastly, ParaNorman boasts a pretty solid voice actor cast, including Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In) as Norman, along with Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, and Bernard Hill. Most of those folk are known for having fairly expressive and… well, animated voices, which generally benefits these sort of movies.

With that said – check out the ParaNorman poster below:

paranorman movie poster ParaNorman Teaser Trailer: Stop Motion Animated Supernatural Goodness

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ParaNorman arrives in theaters around the U.S. on August 17th, 2012.

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  1. THis looks excellent. Looking forward to it.

  2. This looks absolutely AWESOME! More kids films should be made this way. I by far prefer this to most of the cgi that DOMINATES children’s films nowadays. This looks just like a kids picture book that’s come to life.

  3. Hooray for stop-motion!

  4. This definitely has promise, though I gotta say that Norman looks a lot like a young Leonoid Brehznev! LOL! (crickets chirping) Yeah, that was a pretty lame joke, I know.

    • he’s got the eyebrows…

  5. Sorry, does not look interesting at all.

  6. I think that this looks really fun :)

  7. looks amazing can’t wait!

  8. Coraline was a cool and weird (in a positive way) stop-motion, too.
    I don’t liked the Burton movies and I’m very disappointed that Aardman Animations make CGI-Movies instead of stop-motion nowadays. Wallice & Gromit and Chicken Run are awesome movies.

  9. This movie is not suitable for children…foul language, bullying, inappropriate sexual innuendo. Horrified that I took my boys to see it.

  10. Too over the top for a PG film.