ParaNorman is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category. The stop-motion film is a production of Portland’s Laika studios.
ParaNorman is the story of a smart, lonely boy who can communicate with the spirit world.
It’s the second animated feature to come out of Laika studios, run by Phil Knight’s son, Travis.
ParaNorman earned a total of $100 million — less than Laika’s first movie Coraline — but $40 million more than ParaNorman cost to make.
Producer Arianne Sutner says at its peak, the film was employing 320 artists.
“I can’t tell you what a hard-working talented group of people we are and so, it just feels wonderful to be nominated.”
Coraline was also nominated for an Academy Award, but it was beaten by “Up” — the story of an old man who lifted off into adventure, after tying balloons to his house.
ParaNorman is going up against Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-it Ralph and The Pirates!