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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…
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 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…
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…
"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.…
Great movie with a lot of charm and originality. Out of all the films I've seen so far to get into the Halloween spirit, this is the one I'm most glad I watched out of all. Great animation, a interesting unique zombie plot that is able to be surprisingly down to earth and some good comedy (although I would be lying if I said that all the jokes hit the mark.) and a rich atmosphere to get you into the Halloween spirit. If you got burnt out from Nightmare before Xmas and want something that feels similar to Coraline, then this is a definite must watch.
I have such an admiration for this movie because it doesn't only cater the kids, but everyone as well, whichever age group or whichever group of people. I understand it was meant for kids but the story isn't mindless, unlike other animated movies nowadays, where the characters go on adventures but the viewers can't really get anything from it. The art style is beautiful and unique, even until the credits it was interesting to watch. The color scheme is ace, there are some exceptionally beautiful shots, and most of all, the plot is worthwhile. I sense a sataric portrayal of the bandwagon effect and the effect of fear to a group of people. It shows how people become easily scared…
Stop-motion zombie/Halloween movie?! I love it.
A misunderstood kid can see the dead but no one believes him. He takes on a horde of zombies to save his town from an old curse that's been placed on it.
Paranorman has heart, it has a message. Just because you're different doesn't mean that's bad!
Voice-acting on point! Anna Kendrick as Norman's sister, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin) as the bully, Leslie Mann as Norman's mom, and John Goodman as the creepy neighbor. Awesome!
A Halloween favorite!
I absolutely love this movie. The art style, the music, the characters and the emotional sincerity. This movie always makes me emotional - and that's because of the underlying themes of mental illness and generally feeling like you don't belong. I feel the message of 'it's ok to be afraid- just don't let it change who you are' is powerful, sincere and more important now than ever! All around an amazing, visually stunning film
La recordaba más divertida y con buen ritmo; pero la sigo disfrutando por la animación, las voces originales, sus protagonistas, los temas que manejan (aunque los creadores hayan sido poco sutiles al respecto) y sobretodo, por el "enfrentamiento" final. Muy conmovedor. Todavía me saca la lagrima. :')
Gorgeous animation, rich characters and scary as you can get for the demographic... I'm not sure the story is much to care for, but then I was a little drunk and falling asleep at the end, so maybe it is?
Amazing claymation and something new.
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