ParaNorman

ParaNorman

DVD - 2015
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From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his special powers to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In addition to spooky zombies, he'll also have to take on unpredictable ghosts, wily witches, and, worst of all, clueless grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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solbuckshot
Apr 15, 2017

Wasted effort

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DaisyCosh
May 31, 2015

"Paranorman" is a story of a boy, Norman Babcock (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who discovers he has some pretty remarkable powers: He can see and communicate with the dead. His estranged uncle with the bad ticker (played by John Goodman) also has this power and passes the torch on to his nephew, Norman, warning him that a witch's three-hundred-year-old curse on the town brings the dead back to life if Norman doesn't read a special fairy-tale on the burial grounds. Unfortunately, Uncle Prenderghast dies before he gives Norman the book. Norman must then figure out for himself what to do before time runs out. It turns out that no one really gets Norman, though, and his panicked visions only worsen matters. His older sister, Courtney (played by Anna Kendrick), thinks he's a weirdo, but so does the entire school. Sure, Norman's behaviour is a little odd, but he does have one friend, Neil, who agrees to help him on this quest. They run off one night, forcing Norman's sister Courtney and Neil's brother Mitch (played by Casey Affleck) to chase after them. Meanwhile, they're being tailed by a bully named Alvin (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse), but once everyone realizes just what they're in for, they decide to work together to stop the curse. I genuinely liked the human moments in "Paranorman"; simple scenes where Norman is combing his hair and brushing his teeth are made all the more entertaining by good animation. The animation is very different to the usual 3-D CGI that we've come to expect. I appreciate all the effort that goes into claymation, and, boy, it's so worth it. The amount of detail is incredible. It is, in my opinion, true art. I also like the references to classic horror, like "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th", as I am a fan of horror films in general. I also loved that "Paranorman" was one of the first animated films I've ever seen to broach homosexuality and to do so as calmly as it does is even better. However, "Paranorman" is a bit darker than I expected for a family film. It might be a little overwhelming for a five-year-old. Plus, the idea of death can be a little terrifying at any age, so there's that to consider before watching. Nonetheless, I still liked "Paranorman" for what it was.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Norman Babcock sees dead people. And dead animals. Not only that, he also engages them in animated conversations whether it be his deceased grandmother whose taken up residence on the family couch or the civil war vet riding his spectral horse down main street. Needless to say this supernatural talent has earned him a reputation: his family can’t decide whether he needs to see one shrink or two and the school bully is always eager to remind him of what a freak he is. But all that is about to change, for Norman’s hometown is under a curse placed by a vindictive witch executed there three hundred years earlier (a fact local merchants use to lure tourist dollars) and as the anniversary of her death approaches an unearthly storm descends upon the village releasing a horde of angry zombies intent on mass destruction—and only Norman has the wherewithal to save the day. Accompanied by his airhead sister, fellow pariah Neil, and Neil’s hardbodied neanderthal brother, Norman prepares to do battle with the forces of darkness—but even he is not ready for the truth behind the witch’s vengeance. A delightfully macabre bit of 3D animation with enough icky humour to keep the kids happy (a tug-of-war with a corpse is bizarre enough without the “toilet ghost” sequence) while writer/director Chris Butler throws in enough grown-up laughs to earn a “PG” rating—apparently a little gay zinger towards the end had conservative bloggers burning up their keyboards. Add to that some sly little visual gags and one-liners and you have a highly entertaining cartoon fable that abandons the usual claptrap about “tolerance” for those who are different and instead goes straight for full-on acceptance. And the wonderfully retro closing credits, complete with toe-tapping musical accompaniment, provide the icing on the cake.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

A fun movie with a great atmosphere and positive subtext I can really get behind. This is the kind of stuff more kids should be watching.

hania4987 Oct 13, 2013

the first 5 min(?) are fantastic, the rest of the movie is ok with a couple of funny lines ... animation is very good
** Note ... always great to get a DVD that's all sticky and gunky!

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theatregeek
Aug 09, 2013

Absolutely Terrible. It is nothing like the really good Coraline.

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rslade
Jul 19, 2013

Fairly standard and simple story. Occasional wit, but not very strong. Undemanding kids might like, but also might be scared.

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kirbyfan
Jul 08, 2013

Good movie! But I didn't like it as much as I loved Coraline.. but it's still a nice movie to watch if you love stop-motion animation :)

lasertravis Jun 22, 2013

This is an average big budget animated family film. The style of animation is very Tim Burton-ish with the claymation and real effects. The voice acting was weak and the plot was a bit too wishy washy for my taste. The animation is this film's strength. Not a standout.

clindstrom2 Jun 13, 2013

I enjoyed it and so did my four year old. She gets particularly scared of movies, so I didn't expect her to like it, but she keeps requesting I get it from the library again. There are some parts that she wants to cuddle during and she really doesn't want me to get off the couch at all during the movie (even after having seen it 4 times), but as I said, she loves it.

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Angela N. Jones Nov 04, 2012

In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman , who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries -old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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EmmaScaramozzino
Apr 14, 2013

Other: May not be suitable for young ages.... Language that young kids may find bad

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Monolith
Apr 29, 2013

(After a zombie has punched through the van's sunroof) Neil: "What do we do? What do we do? Mitch!" Mitch: "I don't know! I don't know!" Neil: "You're the oldest!" Mitch: "NOT MENTALLY!"

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