Director: Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Jeff Garlin
Release date: August 17

Looking ahead at the summer's animated movie options, Disney and Pixar’s Brave is easily the most anticipated, with its young female protagonist (an archer voiced by Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly Macdonald). Yet, folks such as ourselves—meaning, sickos who’d gleefully compile a list of 10 movies you can’t un-see—have Focus Features’ ParaNorman to look forward to.

The genre kiddie flick follows a lonely suburban kid (The Road and Let Me In’s Kodi Smit-McPhee) whose abilities to chat with dead people makes him the only one capable of saving the day when zombies, werewolves, apparitions, and witches invade his town. In other words, every 10-year-old, monster-movie-obsessed little boy’s dream come true. Where we do sign up?