ParaNorman [DVD] 
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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).
Digital Copy Information:
- Digital Copy expires January 28, 2015
- UV Copy expires January 28, 2015
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
There's homage aplenty, from Evil Dead 2's disembodied hand, to Jason's hockey mask, to John Carpenter's Halloween theme (as Norman SMS tone). These are tropes so embedded in modern culture that while their specific origin may be shrouded from young children's understanding, they won't fly far over their heads.
Oddly, the most extended reference, deliberate or not, seems to be with Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. The climactic encounter is an illusory, existential face-off, at once massively operatic and then ethereally tender. Perhaps this ending feels like a narrative shift too far, given the broad slapstick that precedes it - but it's the sign of healthy ambition that a film for a younger demographic should be as willing to provoke as it is simply to please.
The overarching message appears familiar - Live and Let Live - but there are deeper, more intricate themes under the skin of ParaNorman: forgiveness, tolerance, and the difference between justice and revenge. The similar Frankenweenie might also explore challenging themes, but it's to Chris Butler's and Sam Fell's credit that they've written and directed a film so much wittier, more exciting, and more moving than Tim Burton's mundane monochrome creature feature.
One last thing. The final pay-off for the muscle-headed Mitch (Casey Affleck) is brilliant and refreshing and likely to cause a storm of squeals from certain perennially outraged parents. To which I would respond: Grow up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter loves this movie. Excellent characters you'll love and hate in equal measure!Published 3 months ago by Miss B Wright
Just very different and funny.
This is at times dark and slightly unusual which is what makes it what it is.... a great family film with some very funny bits.
ParaNorman arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Breaking from convention, Butler and Fell shot all 400,000 stop-frames of the movie using... Read more