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.…
this was rly cute and i liked it
My favourite film by studio Laika. Never understood Coraline, and Boxtrolls, though good, was just a little lacklustre.
ParaNorman though, features great animation (Obviously) and great character design. Also, it actually has quite moving, intelligent storyline about a misunderstood ghost.
Just a good watch.
De principio a fin es una tremenda película, donde el protagonista es alguien que ve a las almas en pena como algo normal donde lo consideran el loco y nadie lo comprende.
Y pasando a la antagonista "la bruja" que me recordo a Alessa de silent hill y es que en si tienen una historia similar asi como su muerte y la maldición a los que la condenaron a morir quemada.
Y por ultimo ese toque creepy y nostalgico fue el que Norman veía a su abuela ya fallecida aun tratando de convivir con su familia, no se, me pareció algo triste que bueno a fin de cuentas es una manera diferente de mostrar la muerte a el publico pequeño.
AKA The Bryce Wilson Story
A little scarier than I remembered but miss 4 just made it through this time. Laika produce some of my fave animation: a unique style coupled with some great source story material. Also, Casey Affleck is surprisingly well suited to voicing the not-so-smart-bemuscled character of Mitch.
This animation has good special effects and a cute story of a city driven by a witch curse.
First shot of the movie is a human brain with a bite on it? And it's about grudges, zombies and murdering mobs?
Just slap a PG on it and everything will be fine.
The following was my original 2-and-a-half star Letterboxd entry back in 2012:
Fascinatingly overrated stop-motion picture with confused themes and trite characterizations. Deftly animated.
After finally revisiting the film, I no longer feel this way.
A great deal of my resistance was from the anti-bullying message, which has become such a gratuitous and draining insignia in the current cinema. I still feel it's trite here.
I also still feel the 2nd act - with all the misunderstood chasing - to be a tad tedious. But the film's heart is in such a virtuous place, something that I (yet no one else) was blind to the first time round. Both the 1st and 3rd acts are exquisitely envisioned and the commentary that Fell and Butler are making is one of tenuity, not potency. I see this now.
And, as I insinuated in my previous entry, the work of Travis and all the animators is staggering.
For a first time writer/director, Chris Bell did a pretty good job with this claymation motion picture with only a few picks. The script was pretty solid, but it did seem to be unsure of it's target audience. The movie was layered like a family friendly romp but made blunt references to pornography and masturbation that seemed wildly out of place. The movie itself was clearly an homage to the classic horror genre, and in that sense the movie seemed mostly successful, but at the end of the day, the movie was just okay.
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING