ParaNorman SynopsisThe new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated Coraline. ParaNorman is, following Coraline, the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. 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.
ParaNorman Release Date
In Theaters August 17, 2012
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeff Garlin and Elaine Stritch
Written by: Chris Butler
Directed by: Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Produced by: Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
MPAA Rating: [ PG ]
Distributor: Focus Features
External Info: ParaNorman Official Website
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First Poster For ParaNorman, From The Company That Brought You Coraline
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