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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.…
While it does get a little preachy in the third act, there's more than enough fun to be had in this spooky little stop-motion animated flick.
Excellent message that everyone needs to see
when the big guy turns out to be gay
that was pretty cool
The perfect amount of weird for me.
Before Haley Joel Osment was cast as the central role in The Sixth Sense his most memorable role was (and this blew my mind) Forrest Gump, Jr., in Forrest Gump. Before Kodi Smit-McPhee appeared in ParaNorman he, among other things, faced down vampires in Let Me In and cannibals surviving in an assumed nuclear apocalypse in The Road. So it’s no wonder then that when Osment can talk to the dead it’s terrifying; when McPhee can it’s, eh. Just a thing he can do. It’s just no one believes him. Or listens to him. It’s the living you should be worried about.
This movie seemed to move a lot quicker this second time around, but whoever cast the two brothers…
It was pretty good. It had quite a few mature jokes that totally caught me off guard but made the movie even more hilarious.
so good but more importantly: norman and his grandma's relationship makes me cry i love this movie
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In case you didn't know, I friggin' love Laika. They are the most imaginative, creative animation studio around and their latest works, Kubo and the Two Strings was my best film of the year.
And ParaNorman is an example of why we love Laika. The animation is an experience especially with the witch in the sky. It's emotional and teaches kids a good message and it's jam-packed with great writing. It does drag on a bit but that's a flaw I would also place on The BoxTrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings. Still, ParaNorman is aamazing and a must-watch family film for Halloween.
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