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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.
From the creators of Coraline comes another ingeniously crafted, brilliantly scripted, fabulously animated & immensely entertaining tale that wonderfully balances its elements of horror, comedy & drama from start to finish and, apart from being a successful follow-up to Laika Studios' first feature, is also impressive enough to be counted amongst the best films of its year.
ParaNorman tells the story of Norman; an 11-year old outcast who is gifted/cursed with the ability to see as well as communicate with the dead and the film is about his journey from being an always misunderstood kid to becoming his town's saviour from a centuries-old curse. Teaming up with him in his mission are his eccentric but loyal friend Neil, a bunch of grown-ups…
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…
"There's nothing wrong with being scared Norman, so long as you don't let it change who you are."
Top-tier claymation. The references to the horror genre don't really rise above the level of homage to become something greater than the sum of their parts (the way, for instance, Cabin in the Woods does), but the winks all have a loving warmth to them that is easy to enjoy. The movie also feels a bit disjointed in the transition to the 3rd act—both halves of the film work, but they never gel together (the message feels a bit forced). But beyond these two minor problems (which are both tinted with praise anyway) I only have positive things to say about ParaNorman.…
This is definitely a love letter to 70s and 80s horror. While "Coraline" was a fantasy adventure type "Paranorman" is definitely a horror type Laika studios knows how to install a movie that is mainly aimed at kids but knows how to scare them and give something that the adults can enjoy as well. The character of Norman was really fleshed out and the score of Norman's walk was terrific. Norman's friend was hilarious as well. This has a great message in it as well. Laika knows what they are doing with their movies and I hope they continue the streak that they are on.
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I'm not exactly the age group that is supposed to enjoy this, but I didn't find it funny, fun or entertaining. Kind of felt generic and uninspired.
A cute and very well done claymation. So many classic horror references. Sometimes, it was so fluid, that I forgot that it was stop motion.
3D very good. I rate this movie so high mainly for its looks and what it was trying to achieve. James Van Praagh helped write this and he is tackling serious life issues in a more palatable way for the masses. I highly praise this unusual & creative attempt. Cute approach in the cartoony 3D animation. It is fun for children and most will overlook the details of what is presented. The humor and characters kept me watching. A nice low key holiday special maybe, but beyond that the story is a bit dry.
It did a few cool things, admittedly, but in the end -- it still fell short for me.
I loved it, the ending was extra fabulous.
Oddly disappointing. Was expecting The Goonies crossed with Stephen King realised via a quirky Aardman sensibility, and while it does have elements of each, and is more than worthwhile, the whole doesn't gel as well as I'd hoped, and isn't quite as coherent or sublime as the similarly themed - and created - Frankenweenie. Paranorman has a great story, richer and deeper than most kids fare, and the character design is exquisitely realised. Yet it lacks the effortless sense of fun and laughs and thrills that could have made it a classic like "Monster House". Perhaps part of the problem is the animation - the stop-motion technology has become so refined and seemless that this film lacks the awkward, charming whimsy of "old" stop motion stuff like Wallace and Gromit or Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. Definitely a great film. But I have high expectations for this genre.
A lovely, morbid stop motion animated film with a color scheme ripped straight from a Basil Gogos painting. I loved it.
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Not only did I figure this film would mark a nice change of pace, the film is also long overdue a rewatch. I remember adoring this in cinemas, and somehow almost four years have gone by without me watching it again – that is just wrong, on so many levels.
The best film Tim Burton never made, ParaNorman resurrects the dead in the use of stop-motion animation combined with more modern 3D printing techniques and shooting on 3D cameras. Sadly while the 3D adds a lot of depth, it doesn’t add enough to watch it over the reference quality 2D BD.
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Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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