Things have been relatively quiet on the ParaNorman front of late, but all that has changed this week as quite a bit of promotional activity has been going on.
First up are two rather amusing Olympics themed clips which have been especially made by the filmmakers to not only celebrate the release of their film getting closer, but also to celebrate the Olympics coming to Britain. Both clips are short, sweet and funny and gives a good indication as to the sort of light hearted comedy that will be on offer here.
Along with the two clips, Focus Features (who are distributing the film) have brought together a number of different artists to design some new and rather cool posters for the film. We have those posters in an image gallery below for you.
And finally, a new clip has been released from the film which see’s ParaNorman trying to help his friend by talking to his dead dog. Again, the clip shows off just how much fun ParaNorman looks, and with the film arriving in UK cinemas on 14th September, it could well prove to be a huge hit not only with youngsters, but some older folk who enjoy the odd bit of animation here and there. Horror fans just might enjoy the films dark undertones as well. I mean, come on, the poor old fella can talk to the dead, so it has to be a little bit dark, right?
The film is directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Butler also write the screenplay. This will be LAIKA and Focus Pictures’ second stop-motion animated 3D film, after the superb Coraline. Click here for our previous stories
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, moronic 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.
The voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me), Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Red State, Matinee, Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night 3D, How to Train Your Dragon), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (“30 Rock”), Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein (“Family Guy”), and Jodelle Ferland (Case 39, Silent Hill, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).
By Matt Wavish