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ParaNorman (2012)

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ParaNorman (2012)


Kodi Smit-McPhee
Tucker Albrizzi
Anna Kendrick
Casey Affleck
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
John Goodman

Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler

ParaNorman, stands with one leg in horror and another in comedy, the movie had me laughing and it was thrilling, keeping you on your sit as you eagerly wait to see how it will all turn out.

ParaNorman is a 3D stop motion animated comedy horror film produced by Laika who are known for their short films and commercials, their first full length movie was in 2009; the name of the flick was Coraline which was distributed by Focus Features who also distributed this movie too.

The film production took three years using sixty Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR cameras instead of the conversional 3D cameras and its release was met with favorable reviews, Rotten Tomatoes has a 87% acceptance from critics for the movie.

The movie’s plot was centered round a young boy named Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is able to speak with the dead. His regular gist mate is his late grandmother who he sees daily, but sadly no one else does, so Norman’s habit of passing messages from grandma to dad or any other person in the house was not welcomed.

Norman also sees and talks to the various ghosts in town, which has made him popular in the town and also in school as a weirdo.

Norman’s only friend is a chubby kid named Neil Downe (voiced by Tucker Albrizzi) who has come to terms with Norman’s behavior and enjoys the fact that he can see dead people.

The movies antagonist is a ghost from 300 years ago, who is actually a witch that the town executed. Norman’s Uncle Mr. Prenderghast tells him that his gift is passed down to him so that he can be able to save the town’s people from the witches curse when he is gone, without fully given Norman all the details Mr. Prenderghast dies, and now Norman has to find a way to save the town from awoken zombies and a ghost with who is tearing the town apart for revenge.

I’m Not totally a stop motion animation fan, this is my second take in trying to watch this movie, the first time I was turned off by the stop motion animation idea but later on after hearing the favorable reviews that it has gotten I decided to give it a try, a decision I didn’t regret making.

ParaNorman will leave you glad that you took the time to see it. The animation was a step up from other stop motion animations and the movie dialogue is intriguing.

Take time out of your busy schedule to see this wonderful stop motion animation.


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