Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
It's all fun and games until someone raises the dead.
In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.
I was a big fan of ParaNorman when I saw it at the cinema and I’m pleased to say I might be an even bigger fan at home. It manages to be both a loving throwback to ‘80s cinema yet thoroughly modern in execution and some of the character relationships. Whilst it still has some slight issues with pacing it seems wrong to complain about them when the film is made with such care, attention to detail and a genuine affection for the material. At no point does this feel like a cynical cash generator but rather a story the filmmakers want to see realised.
Having seen the film originally in a crummy little fleapit of a theatre…
Don't make me throw this hummus: It's spicy!
A fantastic film that I can't help but think was made by horror movie fans that have kids. The film is filled with so many homages to classic horror movies that I'm certain I probably missed half of them because they are mostly very subtle.
The dialogue is truly funny from beginning to end. It's not just the funniest family film I've seen this year, but it's one of the funniest films overall I've seen. Some parents should be warned though that the film might push how far a PG film can go with the dialogue and themes in it. Our 9 year old was fine with the film, but I…
I'll preface this by saying I'm being way too hard on ParaNorman. For a movie directed at kids and tweens, I'm sure it would have admirably occupied my time between plotting which houses to hit on Halloween and riding my bike around the neighborhood with my pals. The art direction was fantastic, and the film looks great. However, as an adult, the whole thing came off as way too silly.
There's nothing wrong with being silly, per se, but I was expecting more out of ParaNorman. Even as an adult, Monster House had some genuinely frightening moments (though I also didn't care for the film as a whole), and Coraline was creepy through and through. No, ParaNorman disappointed me in…
Paranorman is a wonderful throwback to my own childhood, lovingly referencing the types of films I was obsessed with back in the late ‘80s. Unlike other recent films (Super 8 springs to mind) this never feels like a pastiche or cheap homage, instead it takes all these disparate references - zombie films, Goonies-style adventure, cursed small towns etc. - and makes something that is both old and modern that should play well to both young and old alike.
As with the studio’s previous stop-frame animated feature, Coraline, the film manages to expertly tread that delicate line between horror and comedy. In many ways this is a scarier, darker and more adult story than Selick’s aforementioned movie. It doesn’t shy away…
Performances : 7.8/10
Story : 7/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 6.93/10
Did anyone else know that Tim Burton didn't have anything to do with this movie? Trust me, I sat through the entire end credits looking for his name, I can assure you that he didn't. Mind blown.
Really though, the voice cast was pretty amazing. Casey Affleck in particular was beyond hilarious but going into this blind I was pleasantly surprised to also hear the talents of Anna Kendrick, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Even if every joke didn't land (and unfortunately a lot of them didn't) the story was still touching.
On the whole ParaNorman is a pretty solid film. There were a few sequences that felt a little misguided and maybe even a little misplaced but clocking in at about an hour and a half it's definitely worth your time.
Part of the December Project: Film #10
This is how animated children films should be: Not afraid of scaring kids, full of varying types of thought out humor that can reach across all ages, and full of an emotional heart.
ParaNorman is an excellent film that pays homage to cheap horror films without becoming a pale imitation. It is, after all, a kids film, and this seems tailor made to people who grew up on this stuff. It's kind of like The Frighteners, but for kids, and much better.
The animation here is amazing. Movement is fluid and characters have a wide range of expressions and movement. I'm not sure if ParaNorman was made with the assistance of computers, but…
While it drags here and there and the messages were very forced, "ParaNorman" is consistently entertaining and hilarious with great animation and extremely likable characters. Loved the characters I was supposed to, hated the ones I was supposed to. Just a great throw-back to older horror films while also adding a twist to it.
Can't wait to see what Laika has in store for us next! Hoping "The Boxtrolls" lives up to this and Coraline.
Paranorman fun fact: This is the first movie that I have ever seen on a airplane. I had been meaning to see this movie for a while now and on my way to Mexico Paranorman was one of the options I had to watch so with nowhere to go for the next 3 and a half hours on the flight I put it on and had a great time for myself.
Paranorman is about a little boy named Norman who sees ghosts everywhere he goes and is labeled a freak for it since no one believes it. On the anniversary of a curse everything goes to hell. The dead rise from the grave and now its up to Norman and…
Oh well. Another talked about film that turns out to be a patchwork of conventions and clichés. The animation is nice but the screenplay is weak and quite confusing; empty characters built on stereotypes that render them incoherent when they're supposed to function in the very mechanical plot, where a stock message about "weirdness" and "normalness" is hypertexted around - of course, since this is a film without originality, it cannot figure out a satisfying conclusion there either. The morale goes up in smoke, since the ignorant characters are only ignorant as long as the plot needs them to be and Norman himself is really the character with the least personality of all.
But, just looking at the visuals, this…
i watched this at like 3am on a school night and i was bawling my eyes out by the end of it this is a great movie
So cute. Killer soundtrack.
How much social commentary can you fit into a kids movie.
Speaking of which, man, this pushes that PG rating.
SOMEWHAT UNDERRATED", Paranorman" possesses Brilliant writing, Solid Acting, and Incredible Tim Burton-esque Animation! The only flaws consist of mediocre pacing, as well as extended running time.
Letter Grade: A-
Next to Coraline (2009), this is one of the best stop motion animated horror films I've seen. I personally found it quite adorable and hilarious. I'm sure I've cried from both sadness and hilarity. I can't even count how many times I've watched this. Great film.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
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I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING