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.
Performances : 7.8/10
Story : 7/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 6.93/10
Did anyone else know that Tim Burton didn't have anything to do with this movie? Trust me, I sat through the entire end credits looking for his name, I can assure you that he didn't. Mind blown.
Really though, the voice cast was pretty amazing. Casey Affleck in particular was beyond hilarious but going into this blind I was pleasantly surprised to also hear the talents of Anna Kendrick, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Even if every joke didn't land (and unfortunately a lot of them didn't) the story was still touching.
On the whole ParaNorman is a pretty solid film. There were a few sequences that felt a little misguided and maybe even a little misplaced but clocking in at about an hour and a half it's definitely worth your time.
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…
Part of the December Project: Film #10
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…
This film was very good. There is an interesting and surprisingly complicated take on the paranormal and afterlife in this animated movie. It is a little darker than one might expect (with very mild Silent Hill undertones). I might have had nightmares as a kid watching this, but it was fun to watch as an adult. I like the urge toward responsibility in this. Enjoyable voice-overs and quirky-cool writing make this great to watch with a friend and a bowl of popcorn on a Thursday night :)
Qué buena estética de horror tiene esta película. Y qué bueno que la veo hasta ahora por primera vez. Parece un cálido revival del género, cuando en realidad es una extensión de él mismo. Es decir, cuando el horror también puede ser una opción moral para el niño que apenas está forjandose como persona -en la vida real y en su vida de espectador-. Una gran película de horror, por todos lados.
Lejos de su discurso de tolerancia e igualdad, la película es un divertido híbrido de lo mejor del horror, con todo y sus referencias fáciles de cachar, y el discurso infantil de las películas del género de los útimos, digamos, diez años.
No paré de divertirme nunca aquí.
Now for one reason or another both this and Coraline have passed me by, so I'm really pleased to catch up with both of them because they really are two of the most amazingly original animated films I've seen in a long, long, time.
Paranorman is a mish mash of 80's horror slashers and zombie films shown from the perspective of Norman, who has the unfortunate ability of being able to see and speak to dead people. This ability has, understandably isolated Norman from his peers and even his family. I really felt the film did a great job of conveying Norman as a lonely outcast and perhaps that is one of the reasons I seemed to love this film…
Eh, it's far too heavy-handed and on-the-nose, especially towards the end. And it seems curiously out-of-touch with contemporary thinking. Yes, we know, being different is not a bad thing. No need to pound it into our heads repeatedly.
But the animation and voice work is impressive, so I'll give it a pass.
With its inventive blend of genres but predictable storyline, the occasionally charming ParaNorman is equal parts enjoyable and forgettable.
I love stop-motion. I really do. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my top five favorite movies of all-time and is by far my favorite animated movie I've ever seen or will see. Even beyond that, I find stop-motion so enjoyable. Not only from an entertainment aspect, but as well as a technical one. Just knowing the effort put into the film makes you gain more respect for it. Paranorman is a great film. It's funny. It's full of heart. And it's just a good time. A great script and great filmmaking make this a good time for any film lover. The scene where Neal stands below the window in a Jason Voorhees mask is by far my favorite scene and is hilarious. What an enjoyable film.
A great horror film made for the whole family.
A delicious blend of rich visuals, appealing characters and infectious humor makes Paranorman a fresh and charming addition to the stop-motion animation genre and reintroduces Laika as one of the key players in a highly competitive industry.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING