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on 19 April 2013
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. This movie had great themes such as family relationships, life and death, and bravery. Not only ParaNorman had great voice acting, it also had an extremely talented voice cast. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jeff Garlin, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and John Goodman, along with many others were great. So overall I would have to say that Paranorman was the best animated flick of 2012.