So that's how they made Norman in the ParaNorman movie

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Making Norman video ~ ParaNorman, ~ LAIKA Studios

The kids and I can’t wait until ParaNorman [Facebook | Twitter] opens in theaters on August 17th. When it comes to ParaNorman, I’m a little bias for a couple of reasons. First, the 3D stop-motion animation was made in the Portland area. Unlike LA, a lot of films are not made in our city. The second reason I’m high on ParaNorman is because my daughter and I went on a tour at LAIKA Studios a few months ago, and we got a behind-the-scenes look at ParaNorman. BTW, LAIKA is also the animation studio that created Coraline.

The making of the puppets is the part of the tour my daughter and I enjoyed the most. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any puppets made during our tour. Luckily, LAIKA Studios put together a “Making Norman” video to show how the puppets are created from start to finish. It’s pretty cool. Check it out:

ParaNorman Synopsis

The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteams the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated “Coraline.” “ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. 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, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, 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.

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12 thoughts on “So that's how they made Norman in the ParaNorman movie

  1. Wow I never knew it took that much work to put together a puppet. I wish I was that creative. The movie sounds and looks great.

  2. I’m so excited about this movie. We love the Nightmare Before Christmas and I like the darker side of animation much more than standard cartoons.

  3. pretty cool…i hadn’t heard of this movie til recently and it looks like something my family would like to see.

  4. I hadn’t heard of this before, thank you! We really loved the Nightmare Before Christmas so we should like this too.

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