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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 (

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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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Did You Know?


Jeff Garlin based his performance of Perry Babcock on his best friend Judd Apatow. See more »


Mrs. Henscher witnesses the zombies entering the town hall through a side door, yet doesn't lead the angry mob in that way to get them. 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 »


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Minuetto (Boccherini)
Written by Arturo Chaney
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I found it wonderful w/ tons of humor
19 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie gets a ten form me. Considering I love these kind of films. I know a lot of folks feel this movie might not be geared towards children under 9. I'm far from a prune, but I would not take a five year old but.............. then again, I've watch children and they are much smarter than we give them credit for. so point? Judge for yourself. There were kids in the theater that appear to be about five-ish or seven- ish and they knew when to laugh and really enjoyed themselves. So again if it just you you will love it. If you have kids under nine It would have to be on you to decide. but I hardly think this movie will turn your kid in to a thug, or the devil spawns. It a good movie.

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