Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Laika's Stop-Motion 'ParaNorman' Film

October 28, 2011
Source: Yahoo

ParaNorman Teaser Trailer

After Laika and Focus Features brought us Coraline a couple years back, I was eagerly anticipated their next collaboration in the form of ParaNorman, another stop-motion animated feature with the voice talent of Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as our new main character Norman. Now we have the first trailer for the film about a boy who can speak to the dead and must save his town from a zombie uprising, and damn does it look exquisite. With meticulously crafted characters and set pieces, this looks to be just as marvelous and charmingly twisted as Henry Selick's adaptation of Coraline, with its own cute quirks. See the trailer below!

Watch the first teaser trailer for Focus Features & Laika's ParaNorman, in high def via Yahoo:

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. The voice cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Chris Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman.

ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell (director on The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away) & Chris Butler (storyboard on Coraline and Corpse Bride). The original screenplay is by Chris Butler. Stop-motion animation studio Laika is producing out of Portland, OR, with Focus Features distributing. ParaNorman is currently set to land in theaters in 3D starting August 17th, 2012 late next summer. Look good so far?

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  • Anonymous
    Beautiful animation.
    • Yep man that was pretty rawsome! Colours were really good too.
  • Jrp7sen
    I'm still at a lost as to why they chose that song. It did not fit it at all. o_O
    • Guessing he has to battle a witch possibly? They should have used the Polyphonic Spree or Sigur Ros just to shake things up a littlee.....,e.
  • James
    this looks really bad. the animation looks like something a grade school kid would do and the whole set and setting of the movie looks bad.  I dont think this will do well and im sure that most people wont watch it.  I dont think anyone will rent it because it just does not look good.  The story looks really bad and the characters look bad also.
    • Anonymous
      let me know when a grade-school kid comes up with something like that. and it's a SURE rent for me right now......maybe even a theatre watch - have to see the full trailer without that HORRIBLE song.
      • Pilgrim_UK
        A lot of "I dont think" and "Looks" in your opinion James that has the irony of looking like a grade school day trip report.
        • Anonymous
          i agree, pilgrim - but, i'm afraid james won't see your response to him unless you reply to HIS post. you responded to mine by mistake - easy to do.
          • James
            I see it, and I have further reviewed the footage.  I went to an elementary school today also to pick up a child and the kids drawings on the walls reminded me of this animation.  Honestly it looks bad.  It just does not look good.  Im sure you notice what im seeing you just dont want to say anything because you think it looks ok.  but it doesnt I mean it looks bad and people wont pay to see this if thats what you are thinking.
    • Anonymous
      wait.... im completely baffled... so if you want to target a young audience a childish art style shouldn't be used?  your brains all scramby eggs
  • Davidarthurwall
    Are you kidding, James? I'd like to see you do stop motion that well done. It's perfect.
  • Anonymous
    The animation looks fun, but I wouldn't call that a trailer. It was a series of random clips set to music. It gives absolutely zero sense of story (or any reason to go see the film). Marketing FAIL. 
  • Anonymous
    i like what i SAW - but that song was absolutely dreadful.
  • junglejim
    i honestly thought the song was good. Donovan's the best and it gave it an interesting feel. Oh, and a series of random clips set to music is normally the standard for a teaser trailer. We're being teased. Obviously they don't want us to know what the story is yet. Just wowing us with visuals is enough for now.
  • Rp1n
  • Anonymous
    i think it looks godly and i guarantee i will be there opening night. will probably end up being one of my favorite movies of the year as well. im a sucker for stop motion films
  • Looks to be a good flick.
  • Anonymous
    neat :) awzome trailer :)
  • great song choice and animation 
  • Anonymous
    Stop motion is getting really beautiful, slick and smooth. Looked awesome, quirky. Zero story but at least it wasn't ruining the story like 80% of other trailers. I liked the song choice it was as quirky as the trailer, i admit i wasn't listening to the lyrics though. I was too caught up in the visuals




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