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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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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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Trivia

There is an after-credits scene showing in time-lapse the designing and construction on a workbench of the Norman character, which ends with Norman coming to life as if waking up from sleep and leaving the scene. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

References The Fountain (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuetto (Boccherini)
Written by Arturo Chaney
Performed by Arturo Chaney
Courtesy of Valentino/Bug Music, Inc.
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Dead & Lovely
16 August 2012 | by RainDogJrSee all my reviews

I recently watched again, and reviewed here, MONSTER HOUSE, which is, like PARANORMAN, an animated horror movie for kids (actually, both feature as main character a boy who has a fat-and-funny friend). I'm not sure if MONSTER HOUSE appeared in the great Fangoria magazine, but PARANORMAN did. I was already interested in watching it on the big screen when I found out the Fangoria coverage, which was just the plus. I was interested for the obvious reason: stop-motion material from the people responsible of CORALINE (not Henry Selick tough). This is clearly the sort-of little stop-motion film of year (and I said sort-of little since it had a pretty big publicity campaign here in Mexico City) while Tim Burton's upcoming FRANKENWEENIE is like the big and long-awaited one.

There is some good news. While we wait to found out if Burton finally does something great after almost 10 years, here we have a film that will give movie geeks really cool stuff. Needless to say, kids won't enjoy some of the elements that most likely you will, fellow reader. Well, you will if you're into very cool horror tributes, in the way Quentin Tarantino would be proud, and nice takes on witch-hunt… and into zombies, of course. Talking about the zombies here, well, I recalled what Guillermo Del Toro's said about CRONOS; he said basically that the vampire from his film is like the saddest vampire ever. I won't say much, only that here we can think in the zombies as sad and confused human beings. The main character Norman is not the classic happy kid as well; you'll love him by just seeing his liking for horror – actually, not every day we have an animated movie that opens like something out of a Grindhouse. And there's good humor (and McLovin as a bully with stretched piercing – I watched the 2D Spanish dubbed version tough), so yes, it's worth watching!

*Watched it on 08 August, 2012


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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:

ParaNorman See more »

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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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