Release year: 2012
Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Screenwriter: Chris Butler
Starring (voices): Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, John Goodman
Ratings: 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Animated Feature, 1 BAFTA Best Animated Film
Norman can talk to the dead. Noone in town, not even his parents, believe in his ability and sees him as something of a weirdo. Except new friend, and fellow weirdo, Neil. But when the dead begin to rise the town suddenly depends on the very person they have ridiculed for years.
Made by the same people who beautifully frightened young and old with Coraline in 2009, this Oscar nominated stop-motion animated scareshow will entertain adults while younger viewers might need a hand to get them through it. The characters are well written and well made, well they are pretty much well everything! As seen in Coraline and Corpse Bride (2005) previously, Paranorman is a stunningly created adventure, with great humoruos dialogue and a sense of detail that is almost breathtaking. While it delivers it’s morale with a portion of zombies it also makes it less sugarcoated than most family oriented movies does, something highly refreshing. It is not just recommendable, but must see for anyone who is a fan of this unlimited media.
The story is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose name is a mash-up of two other ghost stories: Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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Picture copyright: UIP