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Writer/director Chris Butler puts his experience working on Chris Butler and Chris Butler to good use in this charmingly morbid tale of an eccentric young hero facing supernatural forces that would make most grown-ups cower in fear. Eleven-year-old Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young misfit with a remarkable gift: He sees dead people. Although Norman's clairvoyance allows him the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch) long after she has ceased to be, it also drives his frustrated father Perry (Jeff Garlin) and popularity-obsessed sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) up the wall at home and makes him the target of dim-witted bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) at school. His only friend is portly Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), who isn't exactly a beacon of coolness. When Norman's deceased uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), a local pariah, warns the young boy that he must save their small town of Blithe Hollow from a witch's curse that has plagued the area for centuries, the young creature-feature addict isn't entirely sure how to respond -- that is, until the sky turns red, the clouds start to swirl, and the dead rise up from their graves. Now, as a terrified mob takes to the streets with torches in hand, it's up to Norman, Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Neil's older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) to put things right, even if it means confronting the 300-year-old curse that has haunted Blithe Hollow ever since the notorious witch hunts of the 18th century. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 17, 2012


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Fell Best Animated Feature 2012 Nominee
National Board of Review John Goodman Spotlight Award 2012 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Butler Best Animated Feature 2012 Nominee


Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Norman Babcock
Tucker Albrizzi
as Neil
Casey Affleck
as Mitch
Anna Kendrick
as Courtney
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
as Alvin
Leslie Mann
as Sandra Babcock
Jeff Garlin
as Perry Babcock
John Goodman
as Mr. Prenderghast
Elaine Stritch
as Grandma
Bernard Hill
as The Judge
Alex Borstein
as Mrs. Henscher
Jodelle Ferland
as Aggie
Jack Blessing
as Slob Guy
Jack Blessing
as Civil War Ghost
Ranjani Brow
as Movie Lady
David Cowgill
as Greaser Ghost
Bridget Hoffman
as Crystal
Bridget Hoffman
as Parachutist Ghost
Bridget Hoffman
as Librarian
Alicia Lagano
as Female Tourist
Scott Menville
as Deputy Dwayne
Scott Menville
as Rapper Guy
Ariel Winter
as Blithe Hollow Kid
Jeremy Shada
as Pug
Steve Alterman
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Kirk Baily
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Cam Clarke
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Lara Cody
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Susan Dudeck
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Denise Faye
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Eddie Frierson
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Rif Hutton
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Donna Lynn Leavy
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Edie Mirman
as Blithe Hollow Townsperson


Sam Fell
Arianne Sutner
Travis Knight
Jon Brion
Composer (Music Score)
Christopher Murrie
Nelson Lowry
Production Designer
Phil Brotherton
Art Director
Francesca Maxwell
Art Director
Ime Etuk
First Assistant Director
Allison Jones
Brad Schiff
Supervising Animator
Eric Caudieux
Music Editor
Jon Brion
Jeff Riley
Lead Animator
Brian Van't Hul
Visual Effects Supervisor
Juan Peralta
Re-Recording Mixer
Travis Knight
Lead Animator
Payton Curtis
Lead Animator
Annie Pomeranz
Visual Effects Producer