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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 (

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Plot Keywords:

zombie | witch | curse | ghost | outcast | See All (40) »


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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Did You Know?


This is the second time Jodelle Ferland plays a character who is accused of witchcraft and gets burned for it. The first being Alessa in Silent Hill. See more »


In the film's Epilogue, after spending quite a bit of time together trying to escape zombies, Mitch refers to Norman's sister, Courtney, as "Cathy". This may be a goof, or may be an extremely subtle indication of Mitch's indifference to Courtney's attempted seductions. (Any further explanation here would probably be a spoiler.) 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 »


Featured in Maltin on Movies: Sparkle (2012) See more »


All Out of Love
Written by Clive Davis (as Clive J. Davis), Graham Russell
Arrangement by Douglas Romayne
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Enter the wonderful strange and creepy world of ParaNorman
2 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There have been numerous stop motion animation films but only a handful have really stepped up to deliver something special. Coraline was one of those films that delivered unique characters along with a beautifully strange world like no other. Their latest ParaNorman looks to continue this tradition but turning to the ever popular world of zombies and horror. Can it deliver another new unique vision in this style or will it just end up being another generic animated film?

ParaNorman follows a misunderstood boy who is able to speak to the dead. When the town is over thrown by zombies, a witches curse, and an angry mob it's up to him to push his abilities to the limit to save them all. This film not only delivers something new and different with an almost played out genre, it manages to stand out and entertain on numerous levels. Featuring an all-star voice cast of Casey Affleck, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tempestt Bledsoe, John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse who step into their roles and bring these fun characters to creepy life. While this seems to be an animated kid's film, this was clearly made with all ages in mind. There are moments that some would deem not so kid friendly, but still manages to maintain its place among an almost all ages film. The animation is awesome with some strange character and set design that only adds to the originality and fun of this film. This film is formatted like an actual zombie film, but then takes some twists and turns to take it someplace new. The story is dark and fun all at once and will easily keep both adults and kids entertained. There are some classic monster movie moments that adults will appreciate as well as some subject matter that is a bit glossed over, but clearly takes a momentary step out of the family film.

This is easily not only one of the best stop-motion films to come along in some time; it's one of the best animated films. ParaNorman delivers in every way filled with comedy, horror, and action all wrapped up in a strange twisted visual tale that you will not soon forget.

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