‘ParaNorman’ to Oscar voters: Boo!

Variety’s review of “ParaNorman” is a rave: “Few movies so taken with death have felt so rudely alive as ‘ParaNorman,’ the latest handcrafted marvel from the stop-motion artists at Laika (‘Coraline’). Drawing on a deep affection for horror movies and a keen sense of spooky, snarky fun, British helmers Sam Fell and Chris Butler spin an imaginative patchwork tale of a boy who sees dead people, a witch’s curse and a small-minded township reeling from a zombie uprising.”

Academy members nominated “Coraline” for Best Animated Feature in 2009, so, if “ParaNorman” does well at the box office, there’s a good chance that it will scare up Oscar votes too, especially considering its strong appeal to older audiences.

Below: I chat with Sam Fell, Chris Butler and star Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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