Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman
Aired Monday, September 26, 2016
The Bit Players head to Blithe Hollow this week for their podcast episode on LAIKA Studio's 2012 stop-motion film ParaNorman. The film falls in a long line of kid-friendly horror that was a huge part of modern adult moviegoers' personal history of post-trick-or-treat Halloween nights as kids, so they discuss the feelings of nostalgia that the relatively benign take on horror brought about as well as the way ParaNorman constantly subverts those limitations with adult complexities and morality lessons valuable to kids and parents alike. Much like the more well-known efforts of Pixar, LAIKA makes universal films, but the guys discuss the ways that ParaNorman is different from a typical Pixar flick, most notably in style and its tangibly hands-on animation.