Wednesday, 13 February 2013

ParaNorman Review


Release Date: 10th January 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Focus Features
Laika Pictures

Universal Pictures International

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $107,139,399

Plot Summary
Norman has never quite
been understood anyone.
To most, including his
parents and cheerleader
sister, the 11-year old
boy is a peculiar outcast.
However, Norman's
harboring a secret - he
can communicate with the
dead. When a centuries-
old witch's curse unleashes
an array of undead beasts
onto his small New England
town, Norman is their
only hope for survival,
battling ghosts, witches
and zombies while dealing
with the ignorant humans
who don't understand him.

Voice Cast
Kodi Smit-McPhee - Norman Babcock
Jodelle Micah Ferland - Agatha
"Aggie" Prenderghast
Tucker Albrizzi - Neil Downe
Anna Kendrick - Courtney Babcock
Casey Affleck - Mitch Downe
Christopher Mintz-Please - Alvin
Leslie Mann - Sandra Babcock
Jeff Garlin - Perry Babcock
Elaine Stritch - Grandma Babcock
Bernard Hill - Judge Hopkins
John Goodman - Mr. Prenderghast
Tempestt Bledshoe - Sheriff Hopper
Hannah Noyes - Salma
Alex Borstein - Mrs. Henscher

Writer/Director - Chris Butler
Director - Sam Fell
Producers - Travis Knight & Arianne Sutner
Production Designer - Nelson Lowry
Character Designer/Visual Development
Artist - Heidi Smith
Graphic/Prop Designer/Visual Development
Artist - Alan Cook
Costume Designer - Deborah Cook
Director of Photography - Tristan Oliver
Film Editor - Christopher Murrie
Music - Jon Brion

PARANORMAN had a lot of strength and affection and trust me, this isn't about a heroic tale about a boy who can save ghosts. This movie is driven by masterful storytelling and a meaningful theme about a young boy not fitting with his peers and being an social outcast because he speaks to the dead and for this, he is bullied by other kids and his family doesn't seem to understand his gift. I find that few of the laughs are subtlety somewhat appealing to the adults and it may seem very scary to the young audiences.

Trust me, I don't know how clear of thinking about PARANORMAN and it seems like the great animated feature. It nearly pulls the ranks of the other great horror-themed family flicks like Tim Burton's A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and CORALINE.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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