Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
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…
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.
Brilliant. Great characters, story, animation, soundtrack.
Strange and surprising tale of supernatural foibles.
I love the stop-motion format, but the story it served wasn't very interesting to me. At least it has the courage of a few convictions, including a surprisingly dark third-act revelation and a sweet and frank no-big-deal acknowledgment of a character's sexual orientation, something I was pleasantly surprised to see in what's ostensibly a family movie.
I grew up in the 1990s, so when I wasn't enchanted with dinosaurs or Star Wars, I was taking solace in the adventure stories from the 1980s. Then, during my early adolescence I took a nostalgia trip to revisit this period to discover my love of horror: both of these genres ParaNorman emulates with remarkable success. Laika Studios - the people behind the superbly macabre Coraline - have revived the sadly dying family horror genre by striking the perfect balance of humour and horror, never once patronising the younger demographic. It's a film that has been crafted with love and knowledge of this era, and yet doesn't make references the driving force of the film, making it much more accessible that one would initially think. Completing this perfect equation is the pleasingly complex finale that makes the film all the more loveable.
Such a charming and beautiful film. Visually stunning and the story is just such a beautiful tale of acceptance and tolerance. The cast is packed full of stars such as John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, and Elaine Stritch so you know you're in for a treat. The film finds itself on The Advocate's Top 175 because it is the first animated film to feature an openly gay character, albeit a small one. A definite treat for any film lover...
Many have argued that we have entered a new “Golden Age” of animated cinema. With the rise of Pixar we’ve also seen an incredible ascension of quality in the latest animated features. Pixar’s incredible technology allows animated films to go visually into a realm that was previously unimaginable while still telling grounded and emotionally honest films that feel very rooted to the classical cinema style.
With computer animation dominating over all the other forms of film animation it is refreshing to see a studio like Laika produce a stop-animation film like Paranorman. What is even more refreshing is that despite its older animation style, Paranorman feels like the first animated film whose story has fully embraced the lives of children…
Well animated, a few good lines, but not my kind of movie.
- 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