A Spooky summer is ahead, with LAIKA’s latest animated production, ParaNorman

The producers of Coralline are soon to release their next dark children’s comedy, ParaNorman.

The LAIKA production is set for international release in August 2012, and Coraline  is anything to judge by, it is sure to include creepy monsters and dark humour with a light-hearted and creative children’s twist.

The spooky animated tale tells the story of a strange young boy, Norman, who has a unique gift of speaking to the dead. His ghost whispering skills are put to the ultimate test when he has to save his town from an ancient curse, which brings to life all kinds of grizzly ghouls.

Norman’s unique paranormal gift helps him to save the town from destruction in a battle against monsters, witches, zombies and ghosts.

But for Norman, these monsters aren’t the problem; the biggest challenge he faces are the dreaded, groaning, moaning grown-ups.

ParaNorman stars the voice of fifteen year old Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman Babcock), as well as featuring Leslie Mann, John Goodman, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jodelle Ferland.

Directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and Chris Butler, the film may have competition against Tim Burton’s newest animation, Frankenweenie which is set to be released just two months after ParaNorman.

LAIKA has also produced several short Sesame Street films as well as the short, MoonGirl in 2005.

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