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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…
Better than the Croods.
This is just such a treat. It has really funny blink-and-you'll-miss'em jokes. The concept suits the stop-motion technique with all the slime, flesh and gunge to play with which must have been fun for the sculptors. Also, despite a review by LittleWhiteLies arguing the contrary, it has real heart'n'soul and a message that will connect with any lonely child, who will probably also find a lot of laughs in the constant mockery of adults and their immaturity. ParaNorman fires shots at many other types of people, never unjustly, but often quite unexpectedly such as the line spoken by a policewoman; "stop shooting at citizens, that's for the police to do". The final sequence is really spellbinding, and there's a little treat for anyone who stays past the end credits of this delightfully giddy and childish (in the best sense of the word) horror flick
The messages it tells are often told ones, but they're delivered in a way more original manner. It has some funny moments and some sad ones, especially near the end, and it even throws in some political opinions I wasn't expecting.
Overall a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it.
ParaNorman is a highly original animated take on the zombie comedy sub-genre that is as entertaining as it is clever and imaginative. Its plot is excellently constructed, the voice acting was outstanding, and visually it was a complete delight. Its sense of humor was sometimes a little bit too "inappropriate" for kids considering it is aimed towards children basically, and I found that really funny and enjoyable.
Loved it! Doesn't reach the awesomeness-level of Coraline though.
I demand more Laika movies :D
This movie came out in Mexico on August 3, 2012. A full two weeks before it came out anywhere else. I saw it opening day and I thought it was really good film with very mature themes, handling them extremely well (one in a very great and comedic way), it had some great characters and had some incredible stop motion animation.... but I also found it to be leaking with cliches, predictability (with THAT one exception), a lot of bland humor and some extremely annoying side characters.
And then all the praise kicked in and I was just thinking ".........really?". So yeah, I like this but it's really overrated.
I really love stop motion films and please don't judge me because I thought that ParaNorman was directed by one of the best in the business, Henry Selick. However, the more I watched closely to the type of humour, the presentation of the characters and the style of the film, the less association I felt with Selick, which isn't exactly a good thing.
This is just one of those films I really want to love, but I ended up with a slight cringe of disappointment at having my expectations crushed and yet, I can still manage a significant amount of appreciation for the film. The troubles I have with the film include a mostly flat story, undeveloped but potentially interesting…
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I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING