When I was younger, I’d always avoid ParaNorman. There was something off-putting about it.
I don’t know if it was the color pallet or the odd character designs or just how weird it looked.
But I’m honestly glad I decided to watch this now when I’m older because I would not have appreciated it before.
The writing, jokes and visual gags are very clever and most of it would’ve just gone over my head as a kid.
The art style is really unconventional and strange to look at but it’s so stylised and interesting that you’re never bored with what you’re seeing.
And though it isn’t nearly as “pretty” as Laika’s previous work, Coraline, the stop motion itself is fluid and impressive from a technical standpoint with some really stunning bits near the end.
ParaNorman is so much fun and I like how I liked it a lot more than I was expecting I would.