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ParaNorman (2012)

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A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors:

Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Writer:

Chris Butler
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Norman Babcock (voice)
Tucker Albrizzi ... Neil (voice)
Anna Kendrick ... Courtney Babcock (voice)
Casey Affleck ... Mitch (voice)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Alvin (voice)
Leslie Mann ... Sandra Babcock (voice)
Jeff Garlin ... Perry Babcock (voice)
Elaine Stritch ... Grandma (voice)
Bernard Hill ... The Judge (voice)
Jodelle Ferland ... Aggie (voice)
Tempestt Bledsoe ... Sheriff Hooper (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Mrs. Henscher (voice)
John Goodman ... Mr. Prenderghast (voice)
Hannah Noyes Hannah Noyes ... Salma (voice)
Jack Blessing ... Slob Guy / Civil War Ghost (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 »


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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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie, Norman is watching a "scary movie". The "actress" is modelled after Jamie Lee Curtis in 1978's Halloween, while the plot is a spoof of 1968's The Night of the Living Dead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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 »


Soundtracks

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
www.xlrecordings.com
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ParaNorman...3 out of 4 Skittles
6 September 2012 | by FilmStallionSee all my reviews

Laika Entertainment, the stop-motion studio behind the modern classics Corpse Bride and Coraline, are back with their latest spooky tale, ParaNorman. Like its predecessors, ParaNorman is a beautiful claymation wonder. Every single frame is filled with such a vast amount of detail it would take several repeat views to catch all the hidden gems.

ParaNorman is also filled with humor. The talented voice actors that bring the clay characters to life provide most of the laughs. From Anna Kendrick's (Up In The Air, 50/50) ditzy cheerleader, to Casey Affleck's (Gone Baby Gone, Ocean's Eleven) dumb jock, to Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kick-Ass) getting to play against his 'McLovin' typecast as the angry school bully. But the biggest laughs by far are dished out by child actor Tucker Albrizzi who is perfectly cast as the voice of Norman's chubby best friend, Neil.

ParaNorman is a visual and comedic force. Despite the tedious and demanding workload and easier computer rendering technology, Laika Entertainment continues the tradition of making stop-motion movies the hard way. With films as stunning as ParaNorman hopefully the technique will live on forever.


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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,087,050, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$56,003,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,139,399
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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