ParaNorman 2012 ★★★★★

"ParaNorman" is a treat for horror film fans much like "The Cabin in the Woods" was earlier this year. The film, sweet, soulful, and scary, pays tribute to the horror genre, but it is more than just an homage.

An adventure of friendship and finding importance in being different, "ParaNorman" is clever, charming, and slightly subversive. The characters are well-defined and memorable. The dialogue is sharp and delivered by strong, well-cast vocal talents. The most outstanding aspect of "ParaNorman," however, might be its animation: grotesquely stylized, yet strangely human. The film, overall, is exceptional: warm, chilling, and wonderful to look at.