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ParaNorman [DVD] [2012]

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  • Actors: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Tucker Albrizzi, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein
  • Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi
  • Dubbed: Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DWOY90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. Following LAIKA's groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D.

Directed by Sam Fell (director of Flushed Away and The Tale of Desperaux) and Chris Butler (storyboard artist on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and storyboard supervisor on Coraline), ParaNorman is taken from Butler's original screenplay.

The voice cast also includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon), and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (30 Rock).

Producers: Arianne Sutner, animation producer on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight.
Visual Effects: Academy Award winner Brian Van't Hul (King Kong, Coraline).
Production Design: Emmy Award winner Nelson Lowry (Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride).
Director of Photography: Tristan Oliver (Fantastic Mr Fox, Academy Award-winning Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit).

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The makers of Coraline (2D Version Only) [DVD] bring us another stop motion horror comedy for family audiences. Although this is an original screenplay, rather than an adaptation.

Set in a small American town called Blithe Hollow, Norman is a high school student, and of those who doesn't quite fit in. Not least because he can see and talk to the dead. The bane of his family because of this, Norman soon finds he has bigger problems. He has his abilities for a reason. The town faces supernatural danger thanks to a dark secret from it's past. Norman is the only one who can save the day. Can he face up to his responsibilities and be a hero?

Many movies of this type all have the same message: just be yourself. And the main character has to go through a lot on the way to learn that. But Paranorman never lectures it's audience or goes too over the top with that, so it works fine. The stop motion is of extremely high quality. There's an incredible attention to detail, from the looks of all the characters to what happens in the background. And every supporting character in the movie is pretty unique and very well characterised. The burgeoning friendship between Norman and one other character is very nicely done.

There are enough twists and plot developments to keep it moving along at a good pace. Some fun set pieces help with this also. It isn't quite as strong a script as Coraline's, but that's only a minor complaint.

This is a pg certificate because, as the dvd box puts it 'contains mild comic horror and violence, frightening sequences and innuendo', so it may not necessarily be suitable for the very young.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 19 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I had pretty high expectations going into ParaNorman, the new stop-motion animated film from the makers of Coraline. I thought the movie looked very good from the trailers and it looked like that this would be a very good one. And, I was totally right. I actually thought ParaNorman was more than just good; it was excellent, funny, and wickedly entertaining. This film is filled with humor and action that references many classic horror movies, and as a result, almost seems ready made for a cult-following.

Norman is a strange kid. He can see ghosts, and as a result he is made fun of by his classmates, disowned by his teenage sister and misunderstood by his parents. However he makes friends with Neil, who gets made of equally because he is fat. The town is celebrating it's 300th anniversary; however, the town has a dark past where an evil witch killed the men that put her to death. Norman's eccentric uncle tells the child that he must put the witch's ghost back to sleep or all hell will break loose. Of course Norman can't do it in time, and of course all hell breaks loose. The seven men that the witch killed come back from the dead in Zombie form, and Norman, along Neil, their older siblings, and the school bully, run through town trying to stop it all before anyone gets hurt. Despite what I just described the film was very lighthearted and very amusing, younger kids will enjoy this as well as adults.

The stop-motion animation in this was simply wonderful to look at. The setting, the characters, and the look of the film were literally spot-on. The characters were really likable, funny, caring and very believable. The story was well-written, really well-paced, funny, thrilling, exciting, at times interesting, and at times emotional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Norman is not normal - he can see dead people. And he talks to them as well. He sets out on a quest to save his home town of Blithe Hollow from a centuries-old curse, and if he fails the town will be invaded by Zombies. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse.

Made by the same creators of CORALINE, this doesn't break any new ground and can't quite match it for fear-factor but it offers more in the way of humour. My daughters found it funny but rather formulaic and a bit of a mish-mash of ideas and concepts seen in other films such as Corpse Bride, A Nightmare Before Christmas and in particular Monster House (their favourite of this quartet). It is of course brilliant animation but since we are spoiled with such high standards with almost every animated film these days, it has to be said that it doesn't stand long in the memory. It's good but it's not exactly unforgettable; watchable for sure but not a Blu-ray film that has been watched repeatedly since we bought it. In fact we've had it a month and it has only been watched the once - for me a reliable indicator of just how this film rates against its peers. Seems harsh to give it only 3 stars for being merely 'okay' but the fact is : my daughters haven't shown any interest in repeat viewings as has usually been the case with other animated films I have bought for them.

To its credit though, you do get the full works - not just a Blu-ray disc but a separate DVD as well, and not one but two digital formats as well including an UltraViolet copy.
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