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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.
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…
More for children then then coral in was but still a fun watch
This movie was like the sixth sense but with a twist. This is so far the best animation film of 2012. The effect's are a amazing and the zombies in this movie did scary me a little bit.
It's gorgeous and technically impressive, but I was pretty bored for most of it. Really liked the design of the final villain.
"There's nothing wrong with being scared Norman, so long as you don't let it change who you are." - Grandma
Norman is a misunderstood 11-year-old who nobody believes can communicate with the dead. He spends the first half of the film just trying to not bother anyone more than he already has with his 'gift.' He's bullied at school and even shunned at home.
His dead Grandma talks to Norman on a regular basis, and he confides in her most of all. She never moved on because she knew her grandson would need someone to look after him. In fact, she's the one who points out to him the difference between being afraid of something and letting that fear rule…
For at least thirty minutes of ParaNorman's runtime, the viewer simultaneously celebrates and resents Laika's inevitably laborious process to produce it. The celebration is because, in a way, it pays off: the movie looks gourgeous, with endlessly expressive characters inhabiting lived-in (and died-in) locals. The resentment is because the best of those early moments lend themselves to a TV show (which Laika could never produce) more than to a feature film. The moment where Norman goes up to Neil's backyard to try and play with the dead dog is endlessly charming, and points to characters and a premise that could work better in lower stakes (especially when contrasted with the scenes with John Goodman's character, which simply fail to make…
A real step down from Coraline, I think. Admittedly, it's been a while since I saw that movie, and my appreciation of it is probably influenced in large part by my love of all things Neil Gaiman, but there are two major differences that elevate the earlier film. First, Coraline has a much more coherent narrative arc, whereas ParaNorman seems to only really have a character-based arc. Norman grows up in that typical movie kid fashion, which I don't have a problem with, but that growth takes the place of any substantial plot. Stuff just kind of happens to facilitate Norman's arc.
Second, Coraline has an interesting, and more importantly diverse, supporting cast. It just made me uncomfortable seeing how…
Watch this movie if you haven't! Seriously, I feel bad I didn't see this in cinemas. It's really good. I'll give ita 8/10
- 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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- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING