Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to Sam Fell and Chris Butler, the directors of new stop-motion animated flick ParaNorman. The film follows a young boy who can communicate with the dead and who must face a battle with hoardes of zombies to save his home town. So during the interview I quizzed the directors on where they took their horror influences from, how they dealt with making a creepy film for kids, and just how they went about creating some of those fantastic characters. Enjoy the interview and check out ParaNorman in cinemas – it’s really rather good (our review is up here).

The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming 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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