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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the first Laika film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio; all of that company's previous films were produced in 1.85:1. See more »
When Norman and his classmates are rehearsing for the school play in the beginning of the movie, Norman is holding a script when he begins to read his part. However, after he is interrupted, he is no longer holding a script. See more »
What's happening now?
Well, the zombie is eating her head, Grandma.
That's not very nice. What's he doing that for?
Because he's a zombie. That's what they do.
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 »
Stop motion movies always have a certain endearing quality and ParaNorman is no different. Norman is a unique, instantly likeable protagonist who earns a lot of sympathy for his struggles. This is the basic layout for the story, which isn't super deep, but is cute enough to compensate. I loved the horror aspect of the film and the comedy is pretty on point. There are some good twists on classic tropes that subvert expectations too. Laika has a strong track record and ParaNorman is another hit for the little studio that could.
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