Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Language: English

Oregon’s Laika stop-motion studio follows up 2009’s excellent “Coraline.” Eleven-year-old Norman can talk to the spirits, but when he warns that a long-dead witch is coming back for revenge, people just think it’s freak-boy trippin’ out, so it’s up to him and a few other misfits to save the town. Flawless animation and loads of in-jokes for monster-movie buffs, but the last reel gets way too preachy with the “accepting difference” theme.