Final ‘ParaNorman’ Trailer & Featurette: Witch Curses & Stop-Motion Magic

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:09 am,

If you’re looking for a film to take the whole family to, but aren’t all that jazzed to check out Disney’s Odd Life of Timothy Green (which opens today) – fear not! This Friday, Focus Features releases ParaNorman, the latest supernatural stop-motion romp from Laika Entertainment (Corpse Bride, Coraline).

Focus Features has unveiled one final Web trailer for ParaNorman, focusing on the daunting task that lies before ghost-seeing scaredy cat Norman (voiced by Kodi-Smit McPhee): prevent the activation of a centuries-old witch curse, before legions of undead nasties are unleashed on his hometown. It’s not only the most ominous of the ParaNorman trailers to date (relatively speaking), but also a great teaser of the film’s expressive animation style and visual design.

ParaNorman has an enticing cartoon monster flick-meets 1980s family-friendly adventure movie vibe, along the lines of Gremlins or The Goonies (back then, kiddie flicks were pretty crazy). Writer/co-director Chris Butler (a storyboard supervisor/artist on Corpse Bride and Coraline) described the film’s characters as the sort of stereotype-transcending adolescent heroes you find in a John Hughes movie like The Breakfast Club - if they were dropped into the spooky world of John Carpenter’s The Fog - at the 2012 Comic-Con panel forParaNorman.

The voice cast for ParaNorman includes Anna Kendrick (Twilight), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass), Casey Affleck (Tower Heist), Leslie Mann (This Is 40), John Goodman (Argo), Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock), and Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie).

To make it a full meal, we’ve also rounded up the latest featurette for ParaNorman. The behind-the-scenes clip takes on the form of a musical video featuring all the steps (in rapid succession) that went into manufacturing just a single prop for the 3D animated flick (here, a desk lamp). When the production montage concludes with a shot from the actual film, it’s impossible to not have a deeper appreciation of the handiwork necessary to craft every one of the miniature set elements (and marvel at it all).

We’ve been hearing good stuff about ParaNorman, from those who’ve already seen the film. Moreover, the amount of time, effort, and attention to detail necessary to craft a competent stop-motion feature provides added incentive for the filmmakers to deliver a quality final product – just look at the previous installments in the sub-genre, such as Nightmare Before Christmas, Chicken Run, Corpse BrideCoraline, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Check back this Friday (August 17th) for Screen Rant‘s official verdict on ParaNorman.

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Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. that lamp is awesome