It may still be Hallowe’en in some dark corner of the world but if you’re already missing the spooky season here’s a trailer that will get those bones chilled good and proper.

You can see the lineage of co-director and writer Chris Butler here, with art department work on Coraline and Corpse Bride seemingly inspiring his first feature, co-directed with Sam Fell whose previous work includes The Tales of Despereaux and Flushed Away.

ParaNorman stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Jodelle Ferland, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bernard Hill and Jeff Garlin and this new trailer delivers just the right amount of tease.

A misunderstood boy (Smit-McPhee) who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and moronic grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

ParaNorman will be released in the US on August 17, 2012.

Yahoo debuted the trailer and if I’m honest, they had me at ‘Coraline’. There’s some excellent character designs here as well as some hints at the nastiness to come. With a solid voice cast and an intriguing visual style this looks like one to watch.

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