August 3, 2012

When you receive a coffin from ParaNorman in the mail...

You wouldn't think it would be a happy experience to come home to a coffin, but when it's from LAIKA/house, it's not only a fun experience - it's an unforgettable one. They reached out a bit ago to see if they could send me a special gift from the upcoming film ParaNorman. They couldn't see me jumping up and down, but I did so as I responded with a resounding YES.
Then I waited.

And lo and behold on Wednesday, I came home to a box on my doorstep (I couldn't be there for delivery). I opened the box and found a crate labeled Blithe Hollow Cemetery. It was nailed shut, and that always means serious business. Just for a second I wondered if it would turn out like the Firefly episode, The Message.
I took the crate outside and got out my hammer. It took me some creative bracing and prying, but I managed to get the lid of the crate off without injuring myself (thankfully. I'm not current on my tetanus shot). This is what I saw:
I wielded my tiny shovel and carefully dug into the soft and foamy "dirt." While I was digging I came across a branch with an armature wire at the bottom. I set it aside and kept digging until I hit paydirt. I found a coffin!

In my excitement I probably didn't remove the coffin probably and managed to get the fake dirt and moss all over the cover of the coffin, but it only added to the authentic look. I opened the coffin to find my very own zombie friend from ParaNorman, Goodie Temper:

Besides a zombie warning tag, she also held a letter addressed to me. It begins thusly:
"If you're reading this (and the evidence suggests you are), then you've succeeded in exhuming one of the undead stars of our new film, ParaNorman. And while some may find the gift of a painstakingly handcrafted zombie doll with poseable limbs buried in dirt to be a little "weird," we suspect it's right up your alley.
This is because we have a hunch you were once like our hero, Norman, what some people like to call a "weird kid." And weird kids have a way of becoming really interesting grown-ups..."
It goes on to specifically state why they think I'm an example of why "weird wins." And you know what? It made me shed a couple of tears. My eyes are all teary now reading for the fifth or so time. 

I kept digging and uncovered two burlap sacks at the bottom of the crate. Each contained tiny props that are actually from the movie! I squealed with delight and probably freaked my neighbor out. There was a certificate of genius:
And a tombstone!
I've never had so much fun opening a package; the attention to every little detail knocked my socks right off. I got box 33 of 49, and I feel so very honored to be included among the recipients of these gifts. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy and everything. And I can't wait to see ParaNorman when it releases on 8/17 (watch the trailer here). Besides looking like it's full of fantastic art and animation, I think the story is really going to resonate with me and my friend. Because you know what? I was a weird kid. I wouldn't have it any other way. Weird does win.

More pics of the zombie and props here.


  1. Love this post! Can't wait to see the movie! Congrats on being a part of a great event :)

  2. I'm looking forward to the film even more now. :D

  3. They did an amazing job with these! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to this film as well!! Can't wait to read your review!

  4. I'll definitely be posting one!

  5. Definitely the most amazing package I've ever received!

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