Two-time Grammy Award-nominated composer Jon Brion has signed to create the original score for LAIKA and Focus Featuresâ€™ animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, currently in production at LAIKAâ€™s Oregon studios for nationwide release by Focus on Friday, August 17, 2012. Following LAIKA and Focusâ€™ Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D.
Joining the voice cast of ParaNorman are Tucker Albrizzi, Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and genre vet Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill).
ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell (The Tale of Despereaux) and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butlerâ€™s original screenplay.
Butler was storyboard supervisor on Coraline and storyboard artist on Tim Burtonâ€™s Corpse Bride.
In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, heâ€™ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
In addition to those actors previously mentioned, the voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Elaine Stritch.
Source: Press Release