Ohhh, Look…Featurette for Sam Fell and Chris Butler's 'ParaNorman'

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??

Also, check out these cool ParaNorman posters that FirstShowing has posted.

One Comment

  • Andrew Crump

    Admittedly, we did get both Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox within a year of each other. Not too shabby. But yeah, I definitely wish more people would attempt stop-motion on a regular basis; it’s time-consuming and delicate, but really, really rewarding for viewers to watch.

    With all that said, I’m pretty excited for Paranorman. Love how much caring effort has gone into the film.