From the Set: LAIKA’s ParaNorman


Some may wonder where the next generation of horror and zombie fan will come from, and how we’re going to get our young sons and daughters (or nephews and nieces) in the right head to watch the movies of George Romero or AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Obviously, it was built up in our DNA for one reason or another, but how do we know that kids under 10 will grow up to carry on our love for all things both dead and undead?

Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies responsible for Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated Coraline, may have the answer with their upcoming movie ParaNorman, a family film starring a young protagonist named Norman trying to navigate the world of the supernatural with witches, ghosts and zombies all around him.

A few months back, and had a chance to visit LAIKA’s production studios just outside Portland, Oregon and get a taste of their latest project, a horror-inspired comedy based on an original idea by writer/director Chris Butler, who was joined by director Sam Fell (Flushed Away, The Tale of Despereaux).

You can read the set visit by clicking here. You can also read an interview with directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell here.