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'ParaNorman' Trailer Promises a Spooky Trip (Video)

Focus Features’ stop-motion animation film from the makers of "Coraline" follows a boy who can talk to ghosts.

ParaNorman Press Still
Focus Features

Norman’s world is a scary place, but that’s probably what happens when you can communicate with the dead.

The first trailer for ParaNorman, Focus Features’ upcoming film from Coraline animation studio Laika, is a fun, quirky and creepy video featuring Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a cast of ghoulish characters.

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The main character must use his gift of communicating with the dead to protect his town from a zombie invasion.

The teaser trailer, set to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch,” features toilet paper attacks, ghosts popping out of posters and plenty of other hauntingly creepy images.

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“You don’t become a hero by being normal,” reads the tagline on the screen.

The film, which also stars the voices of Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Casey Affleck, and Leslie Mann, is set for an August 2012 release.