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ParaNorman (2012)

Leslie Mann , Christopher Mintz-Plasse , Chris Butler , Sam Fell  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (664 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (664 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAII62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ParaNorman" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Preliminary Animatic Sequences
  • Peering Through the Veil: Behind the Scenes of ParaNorman
  • Featurettes
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    Norman sees dead people. Heard that one before, right? The good news is that even though the cultural reference that entered our collective consciousness way back with The Sixth Sense is the conceptual spark, it's not a clichéd mark against ParaNorman. Neither is it some psychodramatic plot twist in this charming and ingenious stop-motion animated kids' story about a little boy who shares the world with the ghosts who are living all around him. The paranormal stuff is just a part of everyday life for sensitive, lonely Norman and it doesn't freak him out one bit. It started when his grandmother died and she decided to stick around for him. Even though his parents and teenage sister think it's a little weird that he believes she's still living with them, nothing could be more normal for Norman. But she's not the only one whose spirit is still roaming. Everywhere he goes, Norman makes friends and talks with the ghosts who float about all over the place, which not surprisingly makes him seem a little weird to all the other kids at school. Fortunately Norman makes friends with another living misfit named Neil, who believes in his unusual gift and remains a staunch sidekick even after the whole town is threatened by an ancient curse. It's this aged secret that turns out to be the cause for all the restless souls strolling around in the first place. The plot thickens considerably when the founding fathers rise from their graves as zombies (who everyone can see), and it falls to Norman to set things right. The threat they carry harks back to a centuries-old witch-hunt that put a harmless little girl named Aggie on trial by the tribunal now wandering around town in varying states of decrepitude and still cursed by their misdeed. The whole thing turns into a pretty intense piece of haunted horrors, with the burden falling on Norman to release Aggie's innocent spirit and send the zombies back to their graves before the town succumbs to her very real supernatural wrath. The action may get a little too scary for littler kids. There's lots of fire and brimstone, and even though the zombie antics are played for laughs, some of the characterizations border on the genuinely gruesome. But the style is wonderfully sophisticated (it comes from the company that produced Coraline), with terrifically anthropomorphized renderings of human and ghost/zombie figures alike. Everything feels wickedly baroque and shot through with a sustained creepiness that is kept mostly at bay with a script that packs plenty of gags. The voice performances are lively and vibrant, with a cast that includes John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, and Elaine Stritch. When Norman faces off with Aggie in the dark and stormy finale, some children may be holding on to Mom and Dad tight (and they may be holding back), which is ultimately to ParaNorman's credit. Just as much credit goes to the fact that the story and design direction allows for the laughs to balance out the frights for both the parents and the kids. --Ted Fry

    Product Description

    From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In addition to spooky zombies, he’ll also have to take on mysterious ghosts, wily witches and, worst, of all, clueless grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal abilities pushed to their otherworldly limits. Featuring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman, it’s a frightfully funny and magically thrilling adventure for the whole family in eye-popping stop-motion.

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    88 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shame on all the "nay" say-ers. December 20, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    This movie is a BEAUTIFUL example of animation, especially stop motion animation, of the highest quality; a true work of art.

    I am sad to see so many parents rating this film poorly for "inappropriate material". This movie has some of the BEST MATERIAL you should be teaching your kids! For one: There are no purely evil characters. There are characters who made bad choices, and feel regret. Too many films, especially film for children, paint humans as "purely good" or "purely evil" which only teaches them to judge their peers and elders harshly. This is a film which teaches children empathy towards their fellow humans. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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    57 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing animation for the horror fan in all of us August 18, 2012
    Format:DVD
    "Coraline" was amazing. Even though its box office success wasn't nearly as impressive as it should have been and you rarely hear anyone bring it up whenever conversations turn to animated films, "Coraline" catered to both children and adults. It had this extremely dark undertone; children were having their eyes replaced with buttons. That's so gloriously morbid for a children's flick. There was also mild cursing, a creepy alternate world where everyone had a mirror self (with button eyes, of course), and a woman with a massive chest that was only covered by sea shells in one particular scene. It was just so unusual and extraordinary. Laika Entertainment, the studio behind "Coraline," has brought us "ParaNorman," which is certainly in the same vein and travels a similar path to greatness.

    "ParaNorman" is a stop-motion animated film that revolves around Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee); a young boy who can talk to dead people and is ridiculed because of it. Even his family doesn't believe in his gift, especially his dad Perry (Jeff Garlin) who refuses to think outside the box and gets angry at things he doesn't understand. Norman is picked on everyday by a thick-headed bully named Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and is mostly a loner until he gets to know a red headed boy named Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) who is bullied just as much as Norman but has learned to turn the other cheek.

    A strange man named Mr. Prenderghast (John Goodman) claims to share Norman's gift and under a strange set of circumstances passes the duty of keeping the witch's curse at bay for another year to Norman.
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    37 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Halloween Movie October 21, 2012
    By AndreaF
    Format:DVD
    After seeing ParaNorman yesterday at the base theater, I have to say that I'm kind of surprised that there is such a controversy over the "message" of this movie. First, I don't think there was any type of nefarious message; the only message I gleaned from watching this movie was the usual "don't judge others" and "we're all different, we're all special" type of thing. Those are messages with which I agree. In fact, my husband and I instilled what ethics, morals and beliefs we felt were appropriate for our children with the hope that they would be productive members of society and independent thinkers. Doing such has made us confident that they are able to assess different situations and make good decisions on their own, regardless of what movies they watch, or books they read, etc.

    In other words, we're pretty confident that they can watch a children's movie and still retain what we've taught them.

    That said, I thought the movie was pretty good. I was kind of creeped out at some of the animation, which was very unique and well done. Some of the storyline was a bit dark, but I agree with other reviewers who noted that the darkness probably went over the heads of most children. Also, at this point I should admit that I was initially hesitant to take our daughter because I thought the premise had something to do with demons, but after looking up reviews and listening to my husband, I was wrong. My husband will now probably print out that last sentence and frame it, especially since he's the one who was... not... wrong. Erg!!

    Anyway, moving swiftly along --

    In my opinion, "ParaNorman" is a Halloween-type children's movie, and was enjoyable.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking January 2, 2014
    By Emily
    Format:DVD
    I saw this movie a long time ago but I never got around to reviewing it, so I'm doing it now. I gave this movie 4 stars because it was well written and visually stunning. All in all it was an ok Halloween movie. I also gave it 4 stars because I know my gripes with it probably stem from my being over sensitive and I wanted to give it a fair number. Having said that I found this movie genuinely shocking. From a writer's perspective revealing that the witch was actually a young girl of Norman's age with similar abilities who had been trialled and executed for witchcraft was in many ways a good turning point for the movie. But portraying what was essentially the murder of a child in a kids movie was just so inappropriate and confronting to me. I know it's a kids movie and I'm taking it way too seriously but those were very dark themes they portrayed. But I'm also aware that all that probably goes straight over kids heads and as a fan of the Lion King since I was little I really shouldn't judge it so harshly.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie I loved coraline and it's just like ...
    Love the movie I loved coraline and it's just like if u liked coraline then this movie for u and if u didn't still watch it u will love it
    Published 7 days ago by Christopher
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun family-friendly 3D stop motion animated "scary" story
    Fun family-friendly 3D stop motion animated "scary" story.
    Published 19 days ago by Bill
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    It’s a kids animated film, but if it was shot as live action and just had a few tweaks to the script it could have been one of the best horror films in ages. Read more
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    My grandson loves this!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
    This is an animated film for adults as well as children.

    The story is quirky and the animation lovely. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by P. Schumacher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie for my ghost loving kids!
    Another one of my kids favorites! Always love the Amazon pricing when it comes to purchasing movies! Great deal for a cute movie!
    Published 2 months ago by Megan
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
    This movie is definitely a good movie. The general feel of it is that you should always have empathy even when the people you want to help are upset at your concern, always embrace... Read more
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