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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.
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…
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…
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…
Not groundbreaking in technique or story, but it’s a very entertaining and technically polished film. The voice casting (and acting) is fantastic, the animation is stellar, and the story is told swiftly and with a lot of heart (and the film does have something important—if not earth-shattering—to communicate). Norman is a misunderstood and unpopular young boy who sees dead people (sound like the opening to any OTHER spooky movies you might know?). When Norman’s uncle (who shares his unusual “gift”) dies, the responsibility of thwarting a curse that threatens to raise the undead and terrorize the town is passed to him. This inevitably leads to a wild adventure for Norman and his sister, who hates him (as older sisters often…
Some characters could have been cut out, some scenes could have been taken out, but everything else perfect.
Given the glowing reception the similar Coraline (which I still need to see) received, along with the praise this film has gotten from a lot of people who've already seen it, it's safe to say my expectations were reasonably high when I sat down to watch ParaNorman. Is it great? Eh, it's just O.K. The film has some pretty good ideas running through it, and treats its central premise with a fair amount of maturity for the most part -- complete with moments that sort of made me question the PG rating. Norman himself, along with the rest of the cast of characters, are endearing and it's fun to follow them on this adventure. Plus, the Third Act really is…
This movie is as close to a perfect encapsulation of preadolescence as we'll probably see. The characters are wonderful, the design is unique, and the movie itself is a great throwback to 80s horror flicks while still retaining a family appropriate tone. The biggest reason I rate this movie so high is since it takes a huge risk in its plotting of the third act, which actually makes the first two seem slightly lacking because of its genius turn. For those who haven't seen this masterful work yet, let me say that you best brace yourselves for a mature look at tolerance and the curses of the past in the climactic scenes that will do their damnedest to break your…
Holds up well upon repeat viewings. Still rather preachy, especially at the end, but the movie's heart is in the right place and the designs are simply beautiful. Also a true love letter to the horror genre, in much the same way as Frankenweenie.
Always a worry when you love a film, how will it mount up in later rewatches? The great news for Paranorman is its just as wonderful as it was first time round. With its sympathetic undead and keenly observed role reversal, Laika pack their films on all levels. While not exactly hilarious, Paranorman is more than that, it's a deceptively moving banner film for all us weirdos. Kids films should not be compromised box ticking exercises designed to get the most from exhausted parents wallets, kids are smarter and deserve more credit than that.
Clever, certainly, but it lacks the emotional core of Pixar films or the genuine creepiness of the previous Laika effort, Coraline.
Other than Coraline this may be my favourite film in this category..
Carino, ino ino.
Poco di più.
- 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…
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING