"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 -- not just regular geek grown-ups, but the rare and powerful super-nerd who's into everything from Gotye sci-fi mashups to superhero splatter art to animated GIF hobbit memes. You've shared those passions with female geekdom and beyond in a way that reminds us that geeking out should know no gender. Which is all to say that we think you're a shining example of why weird wins. And in the end, that's what the movies we make (Coraline was our first) are all about: weird kids trying to make their place in the world.
"You'll notice that your newly unearthed friend is sharing her grave with a selection of actual one-of-a-kind props from ParaNorman that we've chosen for you. So when you see the film, you'll see something that's yours in it. We think this is fitting, because there's a lot of you -- and us, and weird kids past, present and future -- in Norman's story.
"The movie will be in theaters August 17. But in the meantime, we hope you will visit weirdwins.com to meet some of the weird and wonderful artists and craftspeople who have brought ParaNorman to life. And we'd be suitably thrilled if you added your voice to the conversation by using the hashtag #weirdwins anywhere you share your zombie.
"In any case, the former Goodie Temper is very pleased to make your acquaintance. As are we.
The ParaNorman Team"