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…
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…
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…
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…
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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…
What a treat this little horror kid flick is. I absolutely adored the story, it was perfectly paced and had a great amount of really funny moments. Norman is a horror lover as we can see from the film started, he's watching a zombie flick and sitting directly in front of the TV. His room is decked out with horror posters, his alarm clock is a grave, he owns zombie slippers; that I want really badly, and his ringtone is the Halloween theme song, I couldn't help but laugh!
Norman sees ghosts everywhere he walks, people do not accept him for who he is and think he is a freak. Having this power, an old relative comes into his…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Stop Motion. Apenas me lo podía creer. Y con un detalle impresionante, tanto en los personajes mismos como en el decorado. Simplemente genial.
Es como una especie de parodia/relato serio en relación al género de terror, incluyendo todos los ingredientes: hechicería, tormentas, pueblos chicos, gente escéptica, fantasmas, y el más básico de todos: zombies.
Pero se burla de mucho más: estereotipos de una población que podría parecer común; el niño freak, la hermana adolescente superficial, el adolescente "buenísimo" descerebrado, padres cariñosos pero cautivos, vecinos narigones y metiches, y así podemos seguir.
Toma variados giros divertidos e inesperados. Fue mucho más de lo que yo me esperaba. Muy buena, la verdad.
Satisfyingly spooky and sweet.
The Good: Impressive stop-motion animation. Great voice acting. Cool post-credits scene.
The Bad: Lacks subtlety, constantly hitting the viewer over the head with its life lessons. Stereotypical characters. The final act. Utterly bland.
The Bottom Line: Obviously, a lot of effort and creativity was put into the movie's animation. It's just a shame that the story is a dull, soulless mess.
This movie is VERY weird, there's no doubt about that. Once I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought this movie was a joke. Then, a week or 2 ago I read some reviews and saw that it got a stunning 87% rating on rotten tomatoes. So then I recorded it on my PVR.
Let me tell you, this was not a horrible movie at all. It had parts that were funny, creepy, and parts that some people could relate to. I think it's made by the same people that made Coraline, which by the trailers I can tell is indeed a creepy movie. So this producer or director or whatever has things for good rated creepy movies. All around, a great movie.
Storytelling at its best. A short movie with a simple plot, cliche characters, and predictable events. And yet, so magical. This one hit all the right buttons for me. Maybe it was the music, amazing animation, excellent voice acting, meaningful message, or how there was just the right mix of everything. I won't be forgetting this anytime soon. A quality watch, definitely.
I'm a sucker for gorgeous stop motion, and while 'Paranorman' isn't 'Wallace and Gromit' or 'Nightmare Before Christmas', it is beautifully designed and executed. The story seems put together to suit the desire to make stop motion, rather than standing on its own, and is a little unoriginal, sharing style and flair with any Saturday morning cartoon, but the character design and fun factor more than make up for that.
A shame it shared a release date so closely with 'Frankenweenie', with which it shares a lot of common ground but doesn't stand up to, otherwise I may have received it better.
I had high hopes for this movie but it just didn't deliver.
A serviceable enough story with gorgeous stop-motion animation. Also, unexpected gay-friendly humor at the end?