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.…
Could afford to be shorter (and it's only 90ish minutes) but it's delightfully morbid and adult for an animated film that's family friendly.
With superb stop-motion animation and a fine voice cast, ParaNorman plays well on classic horror tropes, all through an original and entertaining story, it just lacks a spark to make it stand out from Laika's other work. Though undoubtedly fun and occasionally worth a few chuckles, ParaNorman just feels a bit too similar to the creepy nature of Coraline and the heartwarming and dirty The Boxtrolls. However, it's fine in that company because they're also pretty decent, which is mainly because of the excellent animation, which makes Laika one of the hottest and most visionary animation studios out there today. It also holds an important message of making the most out of what makes you special, and that there is…
An effective and affecting comedy-horror treat, with some of the best visuals and most thoughtful themes in modern animation.
Weird but enjoyable stop animation with a famous voice cast.
ParaNorman shares much in common with studio Laika's previous work, Coraline, which was more tonally consistent (i.e. grim) but a batsqueak less fun. Both films centre on a child outsider (here voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who sees the world differently, practically imprisoned by their subjective view of the world; both films are a celebration of uniqueness; and both films are as imaginative, thrilling and mature as kids' animation gets outside Pixar Studios.
There's homage aplenty, from Evil Dead 2's disembodied hand, to Jason's hockey mask, to John Carpenter's Halloween theme (as Norman SMS tone). These are tropes so embedded in modern culture that while their specific origin may be shrouded from young children's understanding, they won't fly far over their…
This is a great "training wheels" horror film, with some genuinely creepy sequences and a bit of a harder edge than most animated features aimed at a younger crowd. It plays as a greatest hits of certain horror tropes, but they're handled well. The tone of the whole movie is subdued, and some of the humour doesn't quite land, but overall it is elevated by the gorgeous animation and wonderful design aesthetic. Not a masterpiece of storytelling, but most certainly a masterpiece of stop-motion animation, and it's quite enjoyable.
Just as great the 100th time as it was the first time. It's a kids film that manages to be both beautifully haunting and fun at the same time. It's a lovingly crafted homage to the horror films of the past aswell as stop motion as a medium. Really cannot recommend it enough, it's just a joy to watch/.
Laika's best movie so far.
Não ha nenhuma originalidade aqui, apesar do grande esforço em manter um nível de humor alto, a parte cômica impede o desastre total. Sem querer os roteirista capricharam mais no personagens secundários, é deles que vem as melhores piadas.
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING