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'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…
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…
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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…
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…
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…
Another winner from the LAIKA team. This one was, to be honest, a lot scarier and creepier than I anticipated. The story was appropriately dense and charming and, at times, thrilling.
A bummer. I was looking forward to seeing this based on the positive reception it received when it was released, and my love for stop motion animation. It is undoubtedly ravishing to look at it but from a screenplay standpoint it's Pixar bad; filled with cheap jokes, narrative hyperactivity, and ultimately sanctimonious preachiness. It's also overlong at only 92 minutes, and I found it to be a real chore for the last half hour or so.
An incredibly well crafted animated film. The animation is beautiful and the script is very well written. It will definitely frighten younger children and completely entertain adults with subtle jokes and references. Such a cool blend of genres and styles
I'm not sure I have a lot to say about this film other then it didn't really work for me and it's a children's film so my mind doesn't feel the need to spend too much time running it over. For my taste I could have used a lot more playfulness with horror movie tropes and references. That's not something I would usually say (I can't count the times I have given Tarantino shit for his extensive use of what one might call "homage") but this is not a Tarantino film and I just was looking for something a little more informed. The first few minutes actually gave me some up that the film would go in this direction, especially…
ParaNorman is a rather entertaining, and lovingly crafted, stop-motion animation film.
Similar in tone to an 80's kid flick, and sprinkled with themes and imagery from the horror genre (and numerous references to it as well, from Romero's "Dead" series, to Halloween and Friday the 13th), the film has plenty to entertain both young and older viewers alike.
Best purely kids film I've seen for years.
Maybe not as polished (animation or script-wise) as a Pixar movie, it has a lovely style and some wonderful horror-movie riffing moments, as well as some truly scary stuff for the kids.
Best zombie film since Shaun of the Dead. Possibly the best horror movie for kids since The Monster Squad. I can't praise it higher than that
Honestly, it's pretty enjoyable.
Pretty cool, nice animation. Cute story, and Norman's outsider loneliness is treated with maturity and respect, so there's depth here. My devoutly Christian family would not have let me anywhere near a movie like this when I was a kid, so I'm reveling in it.
Quite excellent in its quieter moments, I just wish there were more of them!