By Dina Ginzburg
Ah, the power of imagination: you can believe whatever you like and disappear into a world where even the most dangerous thing can’t hurt you. Zombies and ghosts and witches are great when they’re all in your head, but when the real ones come out to play, things aren’t so safe anymore.
Norman Babcock has a special talent: he can talk to dead people. This causes problems for him because people at Blithe Hollow Middle School think he’s a total freak. When the small town where he lives gets attacked by creatures most foul, nobody knows what to do. Lucky for the inhabitants of Blithe Hollow, Norman is obsessed with the paranormal and has his special connection with the undead. It’s up to him to break the witch’s curse that has been set on his town…now if only the grown-ups would wise up and believe him!
PARANORMAN is a stop motion film made by Laika, the same studio that made the film CORALINE. Interestingly enough, Laika was founded by Nike co-founder Phil Knight, so that man that brought you great sportswear is the same man that brings you amazing movies!
Chris Butler, one of PARANORMAN’s directors and the film’s screenwriter, has always had a passion for animation. He based Norman on his middle-school self. Butler disliked school and had no desire to fit in, much like Norman. He credits his unpopularity as the reason why he made PARANORMAN. The film looks particularly great because it combines fantasy with the story of an outcast who ends up outshining the bullies.
Don’t forget to catch PARANORMAN when it hits theatres on August 17th! For cool videos and info about the film check out the interactive website: paranorman.com