Anna Kendrick and Casey Affleck are competitive

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In this animated comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by the undead. Only a misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who has the ability to speak with the dead, is able to prevent the destruction of his town from a centuries-old curse. He'll also have to take on ghosts, witches, zombies and worst of all, the moronic grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. The voice cast of ParaNorman also includes Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elaine Stritch & Tucker Albrizzi.
August 15th, 2012

Anna Kendrick and Casey Affleck were ''competitive'' when voicing 'ParaNorman'.

The pair lent their talents to an animated film for the first time in the movie and while they found it easier navigating the dialogue together, the two stars went out of their way to ''embarrass themselves''.

Anna said: ''I got to record my first day with Casey Affleck. He'd never done it before either. We were both really new to it and it was a great way to start out. By the end of the day, we were getting more and more comfortable, and it became a little competitive to see who was willing to embarrass themselves more. Who won? Probably Casey.''

Anna - who voiced cheerleader Courtney Babcock in the 3D stop-motion animated adventure movie - was happy that she and Casey were encouraged to use improvisation when they recorded their scenes.

She said: ''That was the other great thing about having Casey there, because I have a crush on him in the film. We got to do a lot of stuff and the directors were so open to improv because, according to them, the process is so slow and so precise that those moments of spontaneity are so important. Anything you can do to keep that process spontaneous helps them later.''