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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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Norman Babcock (voice)
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Neil (voice)
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Mitch (voice)
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Alvin (voice)
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Sandra Babcock (voice)
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Perry Babcock (voice)
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Grandma (voice)
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The Judge (voice)
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Aggie (voice)
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Sheriff Hooper (voice)
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Mrs. Henscher (voice)
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Salma (voice)
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Storyline

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)

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You don't become a hero by being normal. See more »


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

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Animating the cheesy horror film that Norman is watching at the start of the movie was reportedly very difficult for the film makers, as they had to intentionally make a bad film (bad camera angles, poor focus, bad "acting" etc) while still working in the very technically demanding confines of stop motion animation See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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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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References Sixteen Candles (1984) See more »

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Halloween Theme
Written by John Carpenter (as John H. Carpenter)
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Pleasant Surprise
28 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, like most "kids" movies, it had it's corny, funny, sometimes just plain silly parts, but... Paranorman left me pleasantly surprised. First and foremost, if you didn't like this movie because you compared it to Caroline, that's your problem. This movie stands well on its own and it's completely unfair to make comparisons. By the time the movie had finished, the beauty of it shone through and, without hesitation, I would say it stands up very well against "blockbuster" films designed for mature audiences. It's neither vulgar or obscene, but there are a few parts in the movie that will go straight over the youngster's heads but you will most certainly get it if you're over the age of thirty and haven't been living in a cave. If you take your kid(s) to see this, be ready; there are a few intense scenes that might have them a little frightened. Regarding the poor guy who didn't want to see the Expendables 2, I didn't see it, either, but I sure heard it. They poorly placed this movie the very next theater over from it.


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