ParaNorman

ParaNorman

ParaNorman

Stop-motion animated zombie comedy from the makers of Coraline about a spooky, misunderstood boy called on to save his small town from the undead, a centuries-old curse and - worst of all - moronic grown-ups. "Ghoul whisperer" Norman is voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In). The voice cast also includes John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck and Jeff Garlin.

Norman's a boy with a special ability that allows him to communicate with the dead, but neither his family nor other kids believe him, making him somewhat of an outcast in the town of Blithe Hollow. When a witch's curse raises a legion of zombies, however, Norman turns out to be the boy for the job of stopping them - thanks to the advice of a recently-deceased uncle.

2012Rating: PG, scary scenes93 minsUSA
AnimatedComedyKids & FamilyFantasy
61%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Few movies so taken with death have felt so rudely alive as ParaNorman, the latest handcrafted marvel from the stop-motion artists at Laika.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Gorgeous animation and inspired set design help patch over a lacklustre script.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The story is principally a vehicle for the movie's meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's an engaging entertainment, with a solidly constructed storyline.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

There's no meat on the bone of this skeleton. Witty and fast-paced, sure, but the film lacks substance.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Cries out for more activity.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Ingenious and wonderfully detailed, though better in its imaginative horror than its slightly too-broad comic knockabout.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The results are breathtakingly chilling, but it's easy to wonder what heights ParaNorman could have reached by doing one thing that well throughout...

0

I felt this film drifted off track in parts but really liked the witch's crackling special effects. I thought it was more effective than many non-animation films currently out. Some nice lines here and there and great work by the animators, but overall I was a little bored.

2.0
0

Rating is based on what my children think, it didn't help that this movie was up against great movies like 'Wreck it Ralph' and 'Rise of the Guardians.' Nevertheless, they didn't hate it, it just wasn't anywhere near as good. The storyline is not attention grabbing enough for kids and of course there are too many jokes that go over the youngest ones...

3.0
0

A highly enjoyable kids film.This is a simple easy to watch kids film that looks amazing. The stop motion on the this film is incredible and something to be commanded. With the villains of the film looking truly dreadful which is great to see in a film of this type. The story is relatively simple and easy to understand. Outsider has special powers. Finds...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Few movies so taken with death have felt so rudely alive as ParaNorman, the latest handcrafted marvel from the stop-motion artists at Laika.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Gorgeous animation and inspired set design help patch over a lacklustre script.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The story is principally a vehicle for the movie's meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's an engaging entertainment, with a solidly constructed storyline.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

There's no meat on the bone of this skeleton. Witty and fast-paced, sure, but the film lacks substance.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Cries out for more activity.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Ingenious and wonderfully detailed, though better in its imaginative horror than its slightly too-broad comic knockabout.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The results are breathtakingly chilling, but it's easy to wonder what heights ParaNorman could have reached by doing one thing that well throughout...

0

I felt this film drifted off track in parts but really liked the witch's crackling special effects. I thought it was more effective than many non-animation films currently out. Some nice lines here and there and great work by the animators, but overall I was a little bored.

2.0
0

Rating is based on what my children think, it didn't help that this movie was up against great movies like 'Wreck it Ralph' and 'Rise of the Guardians.' Nevertheless, they didn't hate it, it just wasn't anywhere near as good. The storyline is not attention grabbing enough for kids and of course there are too many jokes that go over the youngest ones...

3.0
0

A highly enjoyable kids film.This is a simple easy to watch kids film that looks amazing. The stop motion on the this film is incredible and something to be commanded. With the villains of the film looking truly dreadful which is great to see in a film of this type. The story is relatively simple and easy to understand. Outsider has special powers. Finds...

3.0
0