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Watch ‘ParaNorman’ Come Together in This Cool Featurette

Paranorman
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Stop-motion animation provides us with such visually interesting films, like the upcoming undead comedy ‘ParaNorman.’ But just how do they put a character together?

In this new featurette, watch as Norman, the lead character of ‘ParaNorman’ (obviously), is put together piece by piece. Every tiny screw and piece of cloth that goes into making a single character is explored in glorious time-lapse as Norman is put together and goes from a skeleton sketch to a fully-realized piece of art.

The film centers on Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a kid with the ability to speak to the dead — an ability that comes in handy when his town is plagued with a curse. It’s up to Norman to battle zombies, ghosts, and even human adults to set things right.

‘ParaNorman’ co-stars the vocal talents of Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, and Jodelle Ferland.

The film is the second time Focus Features has teamed with studio LAIKA for a stop-motion animated feature. Their first outing was the Academy Award nominated ‘Coraline,’ which was also presented in 3D, and while the third dimension treatment has been getting overused and tiresome as of late, ‘Coraline’ was absolutely stunning in that presentation, so we’re hoping for more of the same with ‘ParaNorman.’

Writer and director Chris Butler previously worked in the art department on ‘Corpse Bride’ and ‘Coraline,’ and co-director Sam Fell helmed ‘The Tale of Desperaux’ and ‘Flushed Away.’

Check out the featurette below for a little primer on “Making Norman”:

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