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Norman and the paranormal,
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This review is from: ParaNorman [DVD]  (DVD)
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. Possibly not least for the couple of bits of mild innuendo as well. But that's all a matter of parental responsibility.
Do keep watching to the very end of the credits for an extra little stop motion scene. Which has nothing to do with the story, but is very nicely done. Do watch the beginning of the end credits also, for some excellent artwork.
The dvd begins with quite a few trailers, but you can skip through these via the next button on the dvd remote.
It has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi.
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi.
It contains a flyer which has a website address and a code you can input on that to allow you to download a digital copy of the movie onto digital devices.
There are no extras. And a slightly irksome main menu which uses icons rather than text.
But all in all this is a fun little movie, and well worth a look.