Around Halloween (appropriately), the new animated movie ParaNorman released a poster and first trailer to invigorate us via skull toothbrushes, 1960s counterculture songs, and the declaration of the maxim, “You don’t become a hero by being normal.” And it worked. The story is about a young boy who has an obsession with all things dark and ghoulish, likely derived from his ability to talk to dead people. Naturally, he’s also got the ability to disperse a crowd or two. But in ParaNorman, the boy’s town is attacked by savage zombies, and it is up to the young oddball, with his unique knowledge of and connection to the world of the dead, to save his family and neighbors from doom.
It’s dark. It’s ghastly. But it looks like a lot of fun, and potentially, considering the “young outsider becomes a hero” theme, a very sweet story. Check out the second trailer below. ParaNorman stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as the starring Norman, along with Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck and Elaine Stritch.