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ParaNorman (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  17 August 2012 (USA)
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A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Babcock (voice)
Neil (voice)
Mitch (voice)
Alvin (voice)
Sandra Babcock (voice)
Perry Babcock (voice)
Grandma (voice)
The Judge (voice)
Aggie (voice)
Sheriff Hooper (voice)
Mrs. Henscher (voice)
Hannah Noyes ...
Salma (voice)


In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from a curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

witch | curse | ghost | outcast | medium | See All (38) »


It's all fun and games until someone raises the dead. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ПараНорман  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,087,050 (USA) (17 August 2012)


$55,994,557 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Anna Kendrick both starred in Pitch Perfect. See more »


When Neil is watching his mother's aerobics DVD, it has white lines going across the screen as it is paused. VHS tapes did that but DVDs don't. See more »


[first lines]
Movie Zombie: Grrr. Brains!
Grandma: What's happening now?
Norman Babcock: Well, the zombie is eating her head, Grandma.
Grandma: That's not very nice. What's he doing that for?
Norman Babcock: [chuckles] Because he's a zombie. That's what they do.
Grandma: He's gonna ruin his dinner. I'm sure if they just bothered to sit down and talk it through, it would be a different story.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, a short featurette shows a time-lapse video of the creation and modeling of the Norman figure used for filming. See more »


Little Ghost
Written by Jack White
Peppermint Stripe Music
Performed by The White Stripes
Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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Funny with Great Message
25 April 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Blithe Hollow, the outcast boy Norman Babcock lives with his father Perry, his mother Sandra and his teenage sister Courtney. Norman is considered a freak by his schoolmates since he speaks to the dead, including his grandmother that watches horror movies on television with him. However nobody believes that Norman has this ability besides his fat friend Neil.

Norman's deranged uncle Mr. Prenderghast meets Norman and tells that he must protect Blithe Hollow from the witch curse. Soon Mr. Prenderghast dies and his ghost explains to Norman that he should get his book and perform a ritual in the witch's grave. Norman finds the book that is a fairytale and then he goes to the seven graves where the men that condemned the witch are buried. However, Norman is interrupted by the school bully Alvin and the dead arise and invade the town. Soon Norman has a dream and finds that the witch is the girl Agatha that was sentenced to death in 1712 due to her medium ability. Now Norman wants to convince Agatha that her revenge is turning her equal to those who killed her.

"Paranorman" is a stop-motion animation with a very funny supernatural story. Norman speaking with his grandma in the beginning and Mitch telling to Courtney that he has a boyfriend in the end are hilarious. The story has also a great message against the prejudice and ignorance. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Paranorman"

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