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.…
La mejor película de Laika.
COME AT ME.
I can understand gripes with the story, message, characters, pacing, and whatnot. But they're not as big a deal for me when everything else is done so well. The humor still works after multiple viewings, the style and score are both wonderful, and the film playing with expectations still stands out from my first viewing.
In a year with The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, offerings from Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks, this film stands out as the one I will likely go back to the most and hold in highest regard. One of the strongest recommends I can give.
While maybe not as all-round enjoyable a movie as Coraline, the animation, lighting and craft are outstanding. Wonderful score from Jon Brion too, with nods to the melancholic themes found in Eternal Sunshine... and his works with Paul Thomas Anderson.
Film #4 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge
Task #8: A Film featuring Claymation or Stop Motion
You know those adult coloring books? Paranorman is like one of those. It's something that kids will enjoy, but their parents are most likely going to like it a lot more. So much of the humor, along with all the horror movie references, feels like it was aimed towards the adults and probably won't land with the kids in the audience. This movie is kinda uneven - the first half of the film is great while the second half drags with all that chasing. But the plot is actually intelligent and deals with surprisingly mature themes. And of course the animation is so so so good.
Unlike other children’s films, this is a film without a love story, and it’s all the better for it. Too often we see requited love to distract from the action. Instead, we see unrequited love, and it’s not even in the main character. Norman is an eleven year old boy who can see ghosts of various eras - in particular, ghosts from the 1712 witch trials, and this is where the basis of the film lays. You could ship Norman with the ghost Aggie, but it isn’t put forward as a creepy love. Neil’s love is put towards freeze-framing a blonde dressed in pink in a workout video. Courtney’s flirtation with Mitch isn’t returned as he has a boyfriend. Norman’s…
Films have the amazing ability to make you feel several different things. You could walk into a movie in a horrible mood and come out feeling great. You could walk in expecting nothing, and walk out having just seen your new favorite film. But then there are those films that make you feel like a kid again, and that is a true gem, because in these stressful days of economic meltdowns, people making drastic changes in their lives and unexpected twists and turns in your career, I think feeling like a kid again is something that a lot of folks could use. Today’s film took me away from the real world for an hour and a half and reminded me…
this was rly cute and i liked it
My favourite film by studio Laika. Never understood Coraline, and Boxtrolls, though good, was just a little lacklustre.
ParaNorman though, features great animation (Obviously) and great character design. Also, it actually has quite moving, intelligent storyline about a misunderstood ghost.
Just a good watch.
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING