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The 2012 edition of Comic-Con International gets off to a monstrously fun start

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The 2012 edition of Comic-Con International gets off to a monstrously fun start

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Greetings from the San Diego Convention Center ...

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... where the big news coming out of the 2012 edition of Comic-Con International is how excited this year's attendees seem to be about family-friendly frights.I mean, you should have seen all of the people who were clamoring for tickets to Disney's "Art of Frankenweenie" exhibition ...

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... so that they could then see some of the puppets ...

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... and sets ...

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... which were used on the production of this new stop-motion Walt Disney Studios release. And given the way people were snapping pictures of all the Sparky maquettes which were on display  ...

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... not to mention cooing over all of the "Frankenweenie" plushes & collectibles which will soon be hitting store shelves ...

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... it's looking more & more like The Walt Disney Company may have a horror-themed hit on its hands when this Tim Burton film finally opens in theaters on October 5th.

Mind you, "Frankenweenie" wasn't the only horror-themed family film to get a big response from Comic-Con attendees yesterday. Judging by all the people who lined up to get their "Hotel Transylvania" poster signed by that film's director, Genndy Tartakovsky ...

"Hotel Transylvania" director Genndy Tartakovsky
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... it's clear that there's also a lot of interest in this new Sony Picture Animation release. Which actually rolls into theaters just ahead on Disney's "Frankenweenie" on September 28th.

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It'll be interesting to see if this trend holds later today and hundreds of animation fans cram into Hall H to catch Focus Features' "ParaNorman: Behind the Scenes" presentation.

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This hour-long presentation -- which gets underway at 10:45 a.m. -- will feature appearances by this Laika film's production team as well as members of this movie's vocal cast. It's also expected that some never-before-seen footage from this stop-motion comedy thriller (which opens in theaters on August 17th, a full six weeks ahead of Disney's "Frankenweenie" and Sony Pictures Animation's "Hotel Transylvania") will be screened as part of this panel.

And speaking of expectations: Which of these horror-themed animated features do you think -- once all of the ticket sales are tallied -- will wind up coming out on top?

Your thoughts?

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  • I ONLY have interest in seeing the one that I know the least about and that's Hotel Translyvanna.

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