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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: First Details on the ParaNorman Panel

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: First Details on the ParaNorman PanelSo far, most of the news for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con has revolved around TV shows and collectibles, but now the movies are starting to chime in, and first up are details regarding the ParaNorman panel to be held on Friday, July 13th.

The cast and crew members expected to be in attendance include Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell, and Laika CEO Travis Knight. The panel, which will be held in Hall H (exact time TBD), will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger.

Along with cast and crew interviews, you can expect a sneak peek of footage from the film. In addition, a ParaNorman ice cream truck will be cruising the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, offering free ice cream and giveaways to the public (three zombies and ParaNorman himself will be roaming the area as well).

ParaNorman is directed by Sam Fell (The Tale of Despereaux, Flushed Away) and Chris Butler (Coraline, The Corpse Bride) from Butler’s original screenplay.

Synopsis:
ParaNorman is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose locals profit from mining the town’s history as the site, 300 years ago, of a famous witch hunt. 11-year-old Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) spends much of his days appreciating the finer points of scary movies and studying ghost lore. In fact, Norman is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead, such as his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch). Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father (Jeff Garlin), spacey mother (Leslie Mann), and deeply superficial older sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick). At middle school, Norman dodges bullying Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), confides in the impressionable Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), and tries to tune out his blowhard teacher Mrs. Henscher (Alex Borstein).

Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), who floors him with the revelation that a centuries-old witch’s curse is real and is about to come true, and that only Norman will be able to stop it from going into overdrive and harming the townspeople. Norman bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

The voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me), Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Red State, Matinee, Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night 3D, How to Train Your Dragon), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (“30 Rock”), Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein (“Family Guy”), and Jodelle Ferland (Case 39, Silent Hill, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

Look for it in theatres on Friday, August 17th, 2012.

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