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ParaNorman (2012) at a glance

ParaNorman (2012) is a horror family comedy animated feature directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler. It is the first stop motion film that utilized full-color 3D printers for animation and it has won several Best Animated Feature from Film Critics Society/Association around the US.

ParaNorman (2012) Trailer

ParaNorman (2012) Synopsis

ParaNorman is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose locals profit from mining the town’s history as the site, 300 years ago, of a famous witch hunt. 11-year-old Norman Babcock spends much of his days appreciating the finer points of scary movies and studying ghost lore. In fact, Norman is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead, such as his beloved grandmother. Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father, spacey mother, and deeply superficial older sister Courtney. At middle school, Norman dodges bullying Alvin, confides in the impressionable Neil, and tries to tune out his blowhard teacher Mrs. Henscher.

Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast, who floors him with the revelation that a centuries-old witch’s curse is real and is about to come true, and that only Norman will be able to stop it from going into overdrive and harming the townspeople. Once a septet of zombies – led by The Judge – suddenly rises from their graves, Norman finds himself caught in a wild race against time alongside Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Neil’s musclebound older brother Mitch as Sheriff Hooper chases them all. Worse, the town is up in arms and taking up arms. Norman bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion – as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

ParaNorman (2012) Review

Courtney, Norman, Alvin, Neil and Mitch.
Courtney, Norman, Alvin, Neil and Mitch.

ParaNorman (2012) is possibly one of the best animated halloween movies for all ages that you can find and it sure is in my own list. With plenty of virtuous and classic horror elements from the beginning until the end, the movie as a whole is a little dramatic yet quite an amusing adventure.

Everything in this movie is carefully and beautifully crafted. Each of the distinct characteristics of the characters are usually funny but they are also charming and endearing in their own ways. All these, cordially invite us to live a Norman life in the claymation world which is a reflection of our reality but the true fear in this film is fear itself, not the curse of the witch or the resurrection of the dead.

Crying Aggie
Crying Aggie

It's true that people often make mistakes when they are afraid or lost as they have decided to do and said terrible things during those circumstances and although unpleasant things such as bullies, assumptions and accusations cannot be completely avoided, there will still always someone out there for every one of us; we just have to have faith.

Biggest lesson from this movie? It's okay to be weird, abnormal, whatever the society thinks as long we are true to ourselves and we do not harm another soul. And, we must never take our loved ones for granted. Remember that trust, patience and communication are equally important. !

Who will like this?

Fans of stop motion animation and horror family comedy movies!

Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Corpse Bride (2005)
Coraline (2009)
The Boxtrolls (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Producer: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Chris Butler
Cinematography: Tristan Oliver
Music: Jon Brion
Studio: Laika Entertainment
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jodelle Ferland, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Bernard Hill, Elaine Stritch, Tempestt Bledsoe, John Goodman, Alex Borstein
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Focus Features, Universal Pictures
Country: American
Language: English
Genre: Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy Horror
Running time: 92 mins
Budget: USD 60,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 107,139,399 est.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Behind the Scenes

ParaNorman (2012) Poster


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