Monday, December 12, 2011

PARANORMAN Trailer Is Probably The Best Trailer Of The Day.

Javi here. As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of animation. One of my favorite styles of animation is stop motion. The sheer patience needed to make a stop-motion animation feature movie is something that I envy and respect, mostly because I don't have that sort of patience. What we have here is the UK trailer, thanks to MSN, for what I'm thinking is the first animated zombie invasion movie aimed at kids, PARANORMAN.

We haven't talked about this movie much, but the talent behind it is impressive. The studio backing it created CORALINE, one of the few movies to not only be a pure delight to watch, but one of the only 3-D movies to actually make me want to see it in the format. Norman, the protagonist, is voiced by Kodi Smit-Mcphee(THE ROAD, LET ME IN), who is such an awesome actor, and there's also Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Leslie Mann (every Judd Apatow movie), Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR, 50/50) and John Goodman. Check out the trailer after the jump.

<a href='' target='_new' title='ParaNorman trailer (MSN Exclusive)'>Video: ParaNorman trailer (MSN Exclusive)</a>

So yes, to say I'm looking forward to this is the definition of an understatement. The premise is fun, the voice acting feels pretty up to part with the big animation movies, and what I liked the most was the style of physical humor in the movie. I'm very interested to see how well the 3-D will be in comparison to CORALINE and how much CG is actually being used.

Henry Selick was the first person to hook me on the style with the often-miscredited THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, then with JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH again a few years later.  While Selick might not be directing this, that honor goes to Chris Butler and Sam Fell, the movie and its directors seem to have taken more than a few cues from Selick's style. Either way, I'm excited and I hope that this movie just amazes some young little nerd like Selick's older movies did with me. Here's a synopsis from the MSN page:

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.

PARANORMAN will be released September 14, 2012

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