ShockTillYouDrop Interviews the Directors of ParaNorman


Horror fans looking to induct their kids into the type of teenagers who will rush out at midnight to see the latest gore-filled zombie flick need look no further than Focus Features and LAIKA’s upcoming stop-motion animated movie ParaNorman.

It’s the second feature-length film from Portland’s LAIKA Studios following Henry Selick’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline a few years back, which was nominated for every major film award in the animation category, and it once again shows the clever and amazing things that can be done using stop-motion animation. While it does involve zombies and witches and other scary things, it’s still very much a family-friendly film (i.e. no stop-motion innards splaying at the screen in 3D or anything like that).

You may remember’s earlier report on their set visit to LAIKA’s Portland studios a few months back or read their review.

While they’ve clearly spent a lot of time talking to co-directors Chris Butler, who also came up with the idea and wrote the script, and Sam Fell, whose previous movies Flushed Away and The Tale of Despereaux don’t show any signs of being made by a horror fan, they decided to do one more interview now that they’ve seen the movie.

You can read the full interview with the duo over on

ParaNorman opens nationwide on Friday, August 17.