Next month, Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s ParaNorman will be hitting theaters. These days a stop-motion animated feature, outside the likes of Aardman Animation, is a rare thing to find. Why? Well because of just how long it takes to produce; something like a week’s worth of prep work and staging just to get 4-6 seconds of screen time. Well, Fell and Butler’s tenacity have endured and ParaNorman (Laika Studio’s follow-up to Coraline) looks to be as intricate as you’d expect in this medium.
Have a look at the following time-lapse featurette which takes a breezy look at the intricacy required to bring just one character to life. Enjoy!
Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), a boy who’s able to speak with the dead, has to take on zombies, ghosts, witches and worst of all, grown-ups, to save his small town from a centuries-old curse.
We’ve got an upcoming chat with the co-directors and are excited to see what they’ve got to say about the process. We’ll post it as soon as we’re able. For those of you interested in Laika’s ParaNorman is slated to hits theaters this Summer on August 17th, 2012. Whatcha think? This look like a scary fun time to any of you??