What's really going on in that neighbourhood?
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 a great film, something I genuinely didn't expect. It's as if they took the entire horror genre and created a spoof-children's movie-with-tons-of-meaning! All of the characters were likable and the animation style was wonderful.
Without spoiling the story itself I love the moral. It tells a tale about how fear can drive people to do horrible things and that we all must keep our fears in check. This is a great family movie. It has cameos and hails to all the great horror flicks all in a easy to digest fashion that is acceptable for kids. My daughter did have a hard time getting into it and she did fall asleep by the end so I would suggest an audience that is at least 6 or older (my daughter is 4 1/2 as of writing this).
Love how the animation looks. Love how detail and realistic everything was made. Great voice acting. Really unique fun storyline.
This was so sweet. What a wonderful ode to the classic zombie genre and a solid story about misfit children. Fairly simple, but still effective in it's own right. They could have stepped a little further with the themes, but I wont complain.
The cinematography was as immediately notable as the great stop motion. Wow, they really pulled out all the stops to create a great cinematic look and movement. I absolutely love stop motion and this really put a lot into this production.
Another immediately notable aspect was the music. I was so excited to hear Jon Brion come on, which was notable one measure into his first song. The whole soundtrack had a great balance to it. Brion…
I love a movie that gives every character a chance to be more than one thing, especially in a kid's/family film.
Norman, the title character of Laika's latest stop-motion feature, is a zombie fanatic after my own heart. He has a zombie alarm clock. A zombie lamp. Zombie toys, zombie posters, and even zombie slippers. I never thought I could be jealous of a stop-motion puppet until now.
But life isn't all grindhouse movies and horror comics for horror-loving Norman. Norman has an unfortunate gift: he can see and speak to the dead. This makes him a target for bullying at school, an outcast within his own family, and a pariah in the community of Blithe, Massachusetts, the site of a historic witch execution that the whole town has turned into a tourist cottage industry. But all that changes for Norman…
Interesting and well made, though I'm not entirely certain its a kids film, what with all of the references to zombie films, the original Halloween, the 'ghost whsiperer' element straight out of The Sixth Sense and Jodelle Ferland doing another creepy evil ghost-child role to complement her turns in Silent Hill and Cabin In The Woods! It just all seems playing more to the enjoyment of the adults in the audience getting all the references than the kids themselves (although its not as bad as films with 'big name' stars doing unrecognisable voice acting roles for adult audience recognition in stuff such as Shark Tale, which was the film in which Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro were brought in…
Another fun stop-motion movie by Laika! Thematically, it's an anti-bullying movie, although in it's subtext it suggests that we as a society should be wary of the amount of violent media we consume. The animation is fantastic, the stylization of the puppets are unique and the detail in objects and backgrounds is outstanding. Content-wise, this is a heavy film for sheltered kids. The characters are completely nasty to outcast Norman and there's subtle (and not-so-subtle) adult humor strewn throughout. There were several times when I questioned the PG rating! I wish recent kid movies would be as tough as ParaNorman. It's what makes a family movie fun for the whole family.
ParaNorman is a very good family animated comedy-horror film. I believe this one will become a Halloween classic. This movie is right up there with Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania. This movie is well worth watching (even if you only see it once in your life).
There are a few hints towards adult references so even if you are not a kid or teen anymore you should get a few laughs out of the film. The movie is not adult content (rated R) remember it is rated PG so even the kids can watch and enjoy this film.
A strong message about mob mentality, bullying, assumptions and paranoia, hidden inside a super cute brilliantly executed stop motion film about zombies.
As if you can keep a dry eye when you meet the witch. Heart breaking.
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