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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.
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
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I would not suggest anyone under for watch this movie as it could be a little scary
But it's well done graphics and I good story
I mean, Pixar got a lot of fantastic films but, Blue Sky, Dreamwork and so on and on all look the same.
One of the few alternatives where the stop motion figures from the weird and wonderful world of Tim Burton.
And the someone else did this extraordenary fantastc looking animation based on the book Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
I though, WOW how is this possible? Do Tim Burton actually got competition now?
And now this beauty! Paranorman seems to be the natural follow up to the weird and kind of spooky beauty from Coraline.
It fits oh so nice in the style of the legendary Nightmare Before Christmas starded in the mid 90`s.
It`s kind of animation for the people who think Disney becomes too cute and those who are tired of Dreamworks and Blue Sky repeating themself.
At the other hand. This is made in a not too edgy and gritty way that would scare away the family only to leave the gothy monstermovie-nerd teenager alone in the sofa. But at the other hand it is scary and edgy enough to be way cool enough for those guys too. And that itself is a pretty impressive achievement. It got a lot of personality and the whole film just look so damn beautiful! The light- effects stands out just like the fog effects stood out in Coraline.
But please people. Don`t forget to give much love to Frankenweenie too. That film is also fantastic.
Movie: I love the style of animation which is my main reason for getting the movie. Loved the look of it, the content was pretty good but a few bits were a little not-so family friendly in my opinion albeit most people wouldn't mind.
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I love this movie and it's commentary.