Yesterday, we got the trailer for Tim Burton‘s “Frankenweenie” and it was treat beause it has been a long, long time since we saw the helmer deliver that perfectly blended mix of weirdness and humor. And watching the latest full length trailer for “ParaNorman” it immediately struck us being right in that exact same wheelhouse, delivering something both very fun and fantastically freaky.
Chris Butler and Sam Fell are at the helm of this 3D film coming from Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio who delivered the well received “Coraline” back in 2009 (a pic Butler also worked on). The film centers on Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) whose unique talent of being able to see dead people will come in handy when he’s tasked with saving his town from a variety of supernatural monstrosities. Rounding out the impressive voice cast is Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Jeff Garlin, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Elaine Stritch.
Overall, this has a great vibe, both scary and sweet, but also inventive and fresh, a heckuva accomplishment considering the current crop of movies and TV shows featuring ghouls of all kinds on the big and small screen. This left us with a big smile on our face, so we’re looking forward to it. While we might have preferred a more Hallowe’en oriented date, “ParaNorman” will hit on August 17th. Trailer below or at Apple in HD.