ParaNorman (PG)

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ParaNorman (2012)

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 11 2012

An entire generation of children may grow up to be zombie-obsessed, black-clad emo kids as a result of watching ‘ParaNorman’, the spooky second stop-motion animation from Laika, the American studio that gave us 2009’s ‘Coraline’. This gem is just as beautifully hand-crafted, but it’s definitely not one for scaredy-kids (or possibly even timid parents). Take the opening scene. Eleven-year-old Norman watches a video nasty, in which a busty B-movie blonde, fleeing a pack of zombies, skewers a juicy-fresh prawn-coloured human brain with her stiletto heel. Squelch.

At school, Norman is nicknamed Ab-Norman. Pale, interesting, with electro-shock hair (and voiced by the current go-to kid for creepiness, Kodi Smit-McPhee of ‘Let Me In’ fame), he’s a training-crush for Robert Pattinson. Oh, and he can see ghosts. That doesn’t go down too well with Norman’s dad, who fears his son’s fascination with all things undead is a gateway hobby to ‘limp-wristed hippy stuff’.

The plot, as terrifically sophisticated as it is – involving a New England Puritan witchhunt and a centuries-old hex – does drag a bit. No matter, there are plenty of bogey-green yammering zombies on the rampage. And Laika’s dazzling visual vocabularly really does give Pixar a run for its money. The detail, down to the zombies’ tombstone teeth (well, dentistry wasn’t up to much in the seventeenth century) is breathtaking, and there are some brilliant gags – like when Norman struggles to wrench a book of spells from the rigor-mortis-stiff hands of a corpse. Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet.

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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri Sep 14, 2012

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Screenwriter:

Chris Butler

Voices:

Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, John Goodman

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Ian

Far be it from me to rain on everyone's parade but this is not the total some make it out to be. It is well made, very well acted and in places goes beyond very good to become really excellent. However it is at time rather dulll and just tries too hard. Yes there are the cliches about how in bred and dumb most American's are but I left the film happy but not ecstatic that you should do with a 5 star film. Its a good four star film but not the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Barry

SUCH a good film - the plot has just the right amount of Scooby Doo, the characters are predictably excellent, the scene with the uncle's tongue is just laugh out loud barfy, and for me the scene with the witch is just cry your eyes out - :o)

Barry

SUCH a good film - the plot has just the right amount of Scooby Doo, the characters are predictably excellent, the scene with the uncle's tongue is just laugh out loud barfy, and for me the scene with the witch is just cry your eyes out - :o)

philsee

Beautifully animated film, progressing from real to surreal to supernatural. Lovely engaging characters. Saw this after the Sweeney, this one is definitely the film for grown-ups.

philsee

Beautifully animated film, progressing from real to surreal to supernatural. Lovely engaging characters. Saw this after the Sweeney, this one is definitely the film for grown-ups.

Sara

My friend and I went to see this a wekk after it came out. I'll just say this: aside from Brave, this has got to be my absolute favourite animated film of the year!

Sara

My friend and I went to see this a wekk after it came out. I'll just say this: aside from Brave, this has got to be my absolute favourite animated film of the year!

Tim

Saw a screening this past weekend and it's AMAZING! Probably the best stop-motion film since Nightmare Before Christmas.....an instant classic!

Tim

Saw a screening this past weekend and it's AMAZING! Probably the best stop-motion film since Nightmare Before Christmas.....an instant classic!