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…
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.…
I watched this solely for Casey Affleck and I was not disappointed. I heard him scream like 5 times I feel blessed.
I was really digging this until about halfway through, then I got bored. I started enjoying it again around the time he confronts Agatha. That scene was really great visually. I'm a fan of the underlying message that it's ok to be different, and I was glad that all the characters had redeeming qualities by the end. It's just a personal preference that I don't like ending stories with someone to hate. Neil was my favorite. He was endearing and loyal without being an annoying sidekick character.
I also loved the end credits with Little Ghost. Perfect song choice!
Laika is like the dark Pixar of stop-motion animation. Everything they make is gold! Coraline's amazing, and ParaNorman's just a small degree below. Characters are great while being clichés, Story twists and turns, and the message is strong while not feeling like it's being jammed down your throat. Laika needs to win some awards at some point. Seriously. How did Brave win animated film of 2012? This and Wreck-It Ralph were so much better!
Once again, Laika has made a beautiful, atmospheric stop motion film. This one isn't quite as charming or creepy as Coraline, but it still has its moments. The message is an important one, and though it is trumpeted a few too many times, it's good for kids to hear. Visually, I think this is too similar to modern computer animated films. It doesn't have the plastic, textured quality that looked so awesome in Coraline. I don't know if the animation has evolved or if it's just the different setting. The movie works, and it's good. It's just not as good as its predecessor.
This was a rather surprising movie. It's unlike any other modern animated movie and picks a new sort of approach, that should work entertaining for both adults and kids. There is plenty of 'simple' stuff to enjoy for young kids in this movie but also the adults shall have no complaints about it. Throughout the years animated movies often had both stuff for both kids and adults to enjoy in this movie but I feel that the line dividing the two different forms of entertainment is getting more and more blurry. Instead the two things more often get effectively combined, with as a result more and more movies get released that aren't being too childish for adults or too mature…
*in Papa Razzi voice* ParaNorman!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For me, there’s a soft spot for stop-motion animation. I have a lot of respect to those that commit to this form because it seems difficult and tedious to me. Written by Chris Butler and directed by Butler and Sam Fell, this 92-minute animated adventure Norman Babcock as he tries to stop a centuries-old curse while fighting off zombies, ghosts, and grown-ups. While there are some notable voices throughout the cast (Anna Kendrick, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, etc.), there’s nobody that really stands out to me as an amazing character. Norman has the most development out of all of them, but he doesn’t seem quite memorable. The film also centers itself as a comedy, but the jokes are really hit…
Viewed at Seattle's Regal Meridian 16 Theatre in 3D.
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