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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…
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…
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.…
88/100 (Quality of Chic Fil A Sandwich)
ParaNorman is an absolutely adorable quirky little animated feat. I personally prefer it to Coraline. I think the plot and themes are more well established here. They both are wonderful tho. This movie harkens back to the great John Carpenter style of filmmaking, while still being it's own unique and profound thing. Along the lines of Stranger Things. It's also able to make very stereotypical characters, poke fun at them and give them a bit of depth, so, props to this movie. This is such a fun, emotional and underrated animated gem. Also, the score in this film is one of the best film scores of all time. It's so underrated. You'll cry when you listen to it, check it out, now. Go now and listen to it. While you are at it watch this movie too, it's so dope.
Lakia keep doing what you do, okay?
ok this movie actually made me laugh out loud more than once
Coraline is one of my favorite animated films of all time, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to Laika's sophomore feature ParaNorman. Like their debut, this film is absolutely gorgeous, pushes the envelope for children's entertainment, and is a lot of fun. Not the masterpiece that is Coraline, but certainly a great animated picture.
Plus, bonus points since Anna Kendrick is in it.
Completing my Laika marathon with 2012's ParaNorman. Like its predecessor, ParaNorman demonstrates an awe-inspiring commitment to artistry. The character design is sublime (especially the undead!) and the epic ghost sequence is a playground for one's visual cortex. While Coraline paired its beauty with sinisterness, ParaNorman's understated humor is analogous to its visual poetry. The characters seem to be a little more fleshed out (Neil has a special place in my heart), though I'm seeing a trend among Laika features in regards to the pacing (often tiring) and the resolutions (often preachy).
Overall, I've been thoroughly impressed by Laika's output and am slightly ashamed to have been ignorant to the magic of ParaNorman and its formidable siblings (cousins?) for so many years. I can only hope to one day be as good at anything as Laika is at creating enrapturing worlds for children and adults alike.
Norman è un giovane ragazzo che ama ama l'horror ed è trattato male da tutti perche vede i fantasmi, un giorno una strega minaccia l'interà città e lui sarà l'unica speranza per fermarla. Avventura piena di cuore che fonde bene elementi Comici e Horror (infatti è pieno zeppo di citazioni), un Storia per ragazzi scritta bene, con un ritmo perfetto e con una regia coraggiosa, osa ed osa molto e per questo funziona, si ride e ci si diverte, dagli strani incontri con fantasmi nei cessi, allo strappare un libro ad un cadavere o quando gli zombie sono spaventati dalla cultura moderna (pura satira sociale). Il Tema del film è Chiaro e preciso, si combatte Il pregiudizio nato dalla paura e la voglia di rivalsa che ne deriva, una spirale di odio che va spezzata non con la violenza ma con il rispetto, la comprensione e le parole.
A super fun mix of cheesy horror movies, quirky kids movies, and surprisingly edgy humor. I enjoyed every second of this movie, and I loved what it had to say - both about zombie movies in general and about human nature. May be one of my favorite animated movies I've ever seen.
There are very few movies that I've seen as an adult that wowed me so much and also took me back to my love of genre film when I was a kid as ParaNorman does. There's a lot of discussion on nostalgia pop-culture and how certain people wield it like a weapon, while others use to convey the magic that that time period had. And I'm glad that this movie does it right. Not only that, but unlike most most movies where the final showdown between the hero and the "villain" have battle it out for at least a little while, Norman as the main character doesn't throw a single punch, wield a single weapon (other than a book, which…
Scary, funny, and intelligent in all the right spots for both kids and adults to enjoy, "ParaNorman" is a wonderfully dark, unique, and hilarious send-off to old-school horror/comedy that sets for an endlessly clever, creative and entertaining family film with memorable characters, gorgeously crafted animation, a talented voice cast, and an investing story which features a surprisingly effective amount of depth, layers, and meaning, providing the film with a strong emotional punch that makes the overall package much more special. Definitely one of the most underrated animated films to come out so far this decade.
The finale leaves me in awe every single time. Magnificent stuff.
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I love Laika Animation!