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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.
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…
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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…
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…
The visuals were very cool, but the story was a grade a snoozer.
A história é boba, repetida, e fica martelando a lição de moral o tempo todo. O diferencial é que tem zumbis! O gorducho e os mortos vivos tornam o filme agradável, já que Normal em si é chato, e garantem algumas risadas.
Awesome, Nostalgic and surprisingly more for teenagers, young adults and adults because all the references will go over the kids head. Very much in the vein of an Amblin production (Goonies, E.T., Gremlins, Super 8) with influences and nostalgia of 70's and 80's horror movies (similar to how Frankenweenie paid homage to classic horror movies). The animation and cinematography is amazing and goes to show that stop-motion is the superior form of animation. the fact that the two best animated movies of 2012 are Stop motion animated and homages to horror movies of the past is great and fills me with glee. little kids are likely to get really scared at moments so be watchful. The script and dialogue is wonderful, meta and smart and it really is a fun ride with a lot of heart and sometimes poignant but that's what makes it great. And enjoy the wonderful characters as the voice cast is great.
Cute, witty, surprisingly mature
Perhaps not to the standard of animations like Frankenweenie or Corpse Bride, but Paranorman is great fun and very, very sweet.
The animation is exceptional, and I especially enjoyed the appearance and behaviour of the zombies.
Great characters, some pretty funny moments, and an awful lot of heart, yet surprisingly little emotional involvement. Awfully intelligent though.
The stop-motion animation was pretty good, it has creative and dark visuals, a subtle but effective use of black comedy and it also makes ocasional tributes to classic horror films. Surprisingly not a 100% kid friendly movie.
My biggest problem is that, although Norman was likable, most of the other characters are pretty bland and the plot it´s a little unbalanced in my opinion. Its worth watching but I definetly think it the plot and characters could had been better.
A great blend of old and new animation styles, Paranorman uses stop-motion and some computer enhancements to create the same sort of jaw-dropping visuals we saw in this crew's previous film, Coraline. The basic story seems lifted from The Sixth Sense but with enough differences to keep it from seeming derivative. Like Cole, Norman sees and talks to dead people. But he makes the huge mistake of telling everyone and now he's shunned and mistreated by the whole town, including his own family. This doesn't seem to bother him as much as it should, mainly because all the dead people treat him pretty well, plus he's got a couple of friends who stand by him ... an eccentric uncle and…
Visually unique with an incredibly sad tale of not fitting in and not being understood... all this mixed in with some real classic horror movie references and jokes.
Love it for the climax alone
If Henry Selick remade Monster House, it’d feel somewhat like ParaNorman. Really funny and sad and just… I loved it. I need to watch it again.
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