August 17th 2012
  • Animated/Fantasy,
  • PG,
  • 93 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi, Alex Borstein, Jodelle Ferland, Elaine Stritch
  • Directors: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
  • Writer: Chris Butler
  • Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
  • Associate Producer: Matthew Friedd
  • Art Direction: Andy Berry
  • Casting: Allison Jones
  • D.O.P.: Tristan Oliver
  • Editor: Christopher Murrie
  • Music: Jon Brion
  • Production Design: Nelson Lowry


The small New England town of Blithe Hollow comes under siege by the undead. Only a misunderstood local boy, Norman Babcock, who has the ability to speak with the dead, is able to prevent the destruction of his town from a centuries-old witch's curse. He'll also have to take on ghosts, witches, zombies and worst of all, the moronic grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • MPAA Warning: Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
  • Production Companies: Laika Entertainment

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2012 Guide Analysis: "The second feature effort from "Coraline" animation studio Laika, this family comedy thriller employs the same style 3D stop-motion animation techniques which the company is now exclusively devoted after folding their CG animation department. One notable absence this time though is "The Nightmare Before Christmas" filmmaker Henry Selick who left the company in 2009.

Instead "The Tale of Despereaux" and "Flushed Away" director Sam Fell is taking the helm of this tale of a small town that falls under siege to ghosts, witches, zombies and other wicked beings. It's up to a misunderstood local boy named Norman, who has the ability to speak with the dead, to prevent the destruction of his town from a centuries-old curse.

Though its late Summer bow seems an odd time to release it, Focus Features has so far handled the early marketing well with a memorable first teaser trailer set to Donovan's classic "Season of the Witch" song. Here's hoping it'll find an audience like "Coraline" did."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 3 August 2012: Mexico
  • 16 August 2012: Hong Kong, Netherlands
  • 22 August 2012: Belgium, France
  • 23 August 2012: Germany, Russia
  • 24 August 2012: Spain
  • 30 August 2012: Singapore, Slovenia
  • 31 August 2012: Romania
  • 7 September 2012: Brazil, Finland
  • 13 September 2012: Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal
  • 14 September 2012: Ireland, Norway, UK
  • 20 September 2012: Denmark
  • 21 September 2012: Lithuania, Sweden
  • 12 October 2012: Italy
  • 19 October 2012: Turkey
  • 26 October 2012: Colombia
  • 1 November 2012: Argentina
  • 10 January 2013: Australia
  • 17 January 2013: New Zealand