Coming to Theatres August 17, 2012
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USA TODAY TALKS PARANORMAN AT COMIC-CON
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Brian Truitt of USA Today stopped by to talk to both Focus Features and LAIKA about their upcoming feature ParaNorman. It's a hilarious piece with everyone throwing out ever better descriptions about the film. Writer and Co-Director Chris Butler describes the Massachusetts town in which the story takes place as, "Like Salem but a really, really rubbish version of Salem. Salem on a budget."  Truitt sets up the story as "Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is the outcast kid in a small Massachusetts town who speaks to the dead.

President/CEO of LAIKA as well as the movie's producer and lead animator Travis Knight drew inspiration from Scooby-Doo in the sense of bringing a bunch of different characters together. Truitt describes some of them:

A team of sorts forms around Norman when danger strikes the town, and many of them are John Hughes archetypes: Norman's chubby friend Neil (newcomer Tucker Albrizzi); Mitch the jock (Casey Affleck); Norman's big sister, cheerleader Courtney (Anna Kendrick); and school bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).