From the makers of Coraline, see the first trailer for ParaNorman

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

The same folks who brought you the excellent animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline two years ago are back: Meet ParaNorman.

The first trailer for the movie—which, like Coraline, is a stop-motion animation affair from Portland-based Laika Studios—has just been released, and it looks like it could be just as much creepy fun as its predecessor (hooray for good old-fashioned stop-motion animation!).

The film stars the voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as Norman, a boy who can speak with the dead and must save his town from an ancient curse that involves zombies, witches and ghosts.

Also contributing their vocal talents are Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman. The movie is being directed by Sam Fell, who directed The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away, and Chris Butler, who did storyboards for Coraline and The Corpse Bride and who also provided the screenplay for this one.

Check out the trailer below from Yahoo! and let us know what you think. ParaNorman opens in theaters in 3-D on Aug. 17, 2012.

(via First Showing)