Stop-Motion Triumphs In First Trailer For ‘Toys in the Attic’ & Final Look at ‘ParaNorman’

Written by on August 15, 2012 

We got the sad news last night that Disney dropped Henry Selick‘s latest stop-motion project, but don’t fear that this animation method is being left in the dust by Hollywood. We’ve got two strong examples to highlight today and both are quite creepy. We already told you how great it was, but Focus Features have let loose a final, online-exclusive trailer for their animation ParaNorman. This one is a low-key, unsettling look at the coming-of-age story filled with all sorts of scary creatures.

But certainly more frightening is a trailer for the US release of  the Czech film Toys in the Attic. Directed by Vivian Schilling and Jiří Barta, the mix of live-action and stop-motion is a twist on Toy Story as we follow a girl and her toy collection, who come alive in a Cold War-esque environment. For those looking to be genuinely petrified, the animation at work seems reminiscent of the Quay Brothers and you can see it below with a voice cast including Forest Whitaker, Cary Elwes and Joan Cusack.

ParaNorman arrives this Friday, while Toys in the Attic gets a September 7th limited release.

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