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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (253 votes)

Released: 2012-11-27

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ParaNorman by Focus Features

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Chris Butler
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PG (Parental Steerage)
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From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who should use his unique powers to save lots of his town from a centuries-old curse. In Addition To spooky zombies, he'll also must tackle unpredictable ghosts, wily witches and, worst, of all, clueless grown-ups. But this younger ghoul whisperer will quickly in finding his paranormal activities 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 humorous tale for the whole family.


  • Leslie Mann
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse


  • Animated
  • Colour
  • Subtitled
  • Widescreen
  • NTSC

Editorial Evaluate

Norman sees lifeless people. Heard that one earlier than, proper? The Good News is that Although the cultural reference that entered our collective awareness means back with The Sixth Sense is the conceptual spark, it's now not a clichéd mark in opposition to ParaNorman. Neither is it some psychodramatic plot twist on this charming and ingenious stop-motion animated kids' story about somewhat boy who shares the world with the ghosts who are living throughout him. The Paranormal stuff is just part of on a regular basis existence for sensitive, lonely Norman and it doesn't freak him out one bit. It began when his grandmother died and he or she decided to stay round for him. Even If his folks and teenage sister assume it's a bit of weird that he believes she's still living with them, nothing might be Extra normal for Norman. However she's not the one one whose spirit remains to be roaming. In Every Single Place he goes, Norman makes chums and talks with the ghosts who drift about all over the place, which now not notably makes him seem a bit of bizarre to all the other children in school. Luckily Norman makes chums with every other residing misfit named Neil, who believes in his extraordinary present and remains a staunch sidekick even after the entire town is threatened by using an historical curse. It's this aged secret that seems to be the result in for all of the restless souls walking round in the first position. The plot thickens significantly when the founding fathers Upward Push from their graves as zombies (who everyone can see), and it falls to Norman to set issues right. The threat they convey harks again to a centuries-old witch-hunt that put a innocuous little woman named Aggie on trial through the tribunal now wandering around city in various states of decrepitude and nonetheless cursed by their misdeed. The Entire Thing turns into a gorgeous extreme piece of haunted horrors, with the burden falling on Norman to unlock Aggie's innocent spirit and ship the zombies back to their graves sooner than the city succumbs to her very actual supernatural wrath. The action could get just a little too scary for littler kids. There's a lot of hearth and brimstone, and Although the zombie antics are played for laughs, one of the characterizations border on the in reality grotesque. But The fashion is wonderfully refined (it comes from the corporate that produced Coraline), with terrifically anthropomorphized renderings of human and ghost/zombie figures alike. The Whole Thing feels wickedly baroque and shot through with a sustained creepiness that’s saved largely at bay with a script that packs a lot of gags. The voice performances are energetic and brilliant, with a forged that features John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, and Elaine Stritch. When Norman faces off with Aggie at nighttime and stormy finale, some children is also retaining on to Mother and pa tight (and they is also preserving back), which is ultimately to ParaNorman's credit score. Just as a lot credit score goes to the fact that the story and design course lets in for the laughs to steadiness out the frights for each the fogeys and the children. –Ted Fry

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