‘ParaNorman’ Fights Zombies And Ghouls In New Trailer

What’s a boy to do if he has the special ability to speak to the dead and his town becomes infested by zombies? According to the new teaser trailer for “ParaNorman,” the answer is to apparently take it with a grain of salt.

The upcoming 3D stop-motion animated film, due out in August, comes from “Coraline” director Chris Butler and “The Tale of Despereaux” helmer Seth Fell. “ParaNorman” definitely aligns itself thematically with “Coraline,” especially with Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” being played in the background of the trailer. The teaser focuses more on the creepy, impressive stop-motion animation in the movie than on any sort of plot line, but it is better-served by that. The next trailer released can spend its time showing off “ParaNorman’s” impressive voice cast.

“The Road” and “Let Me In” star Kodi Smit-McPhee voices the film’s titular character. Norman Babcock is a misunderstood local boy who has the ability to speak with the dead. That comes in handy when his town comes under siege by zombies. But Norman will also face off against ghosts, witches and other ghouls to help save his friends and family, all of which are shown off in the trailer.

Leslie Mann plays Norman’s mother and Anna Kendrick plays his sister in the movie. Actors like Casey Affleck, John Goodman and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also lend their vocal skills. “ParaNorman” hits theaters on August 17, 2012.

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