Did you enjoy “Coraline”?. Of course you did. Sympathetically adapting the great Neil Gaiman, Providing another showcase for Henry Selick’s stop-motion animation, lightly handling a blissfully creepy tone and wonderful storytelling in the grand tradition of European fairy tales – what, in a very real sense, is there not to like about “Coraline”?
Eager for another slice of off-kilter animation with a ghoulish twist? Laika and Focus Features are releasing “ParaNorman” in the Autumn of 2012, which pits an outcast child against spooks, spectres and clueless townsfolk in an effort to save his home town from disaster. It’s not from the pen of Gaiman, but looks wonderful all the same – the hero exploring the haunted house with the light from a mobile phone, his emo sidekick with the distended earlobes, the Donovan song as underscore, the charmingly gruesome toothbrush at the end of the trailer mark this out in some ways as an antidote to the more twee fare which passes for family-friendly animation.
Directing the film are Chris Butler and Sam Fell, who’ve worked on the likes of “Corpse Bride”, “Flushed Away” & “The Tale of Despereux” between them, which bodes well.