One of the most gorgeous and luscious animated films of the past decade, if not of all time. Brilliant stop-motion work, a great story, chilling monsters, and quirky humour, "Paranorman" is great little movie. It pays homage to many 70s and 80s work of horror and science-fiction, not to mention that (for me) its style and detail loosely echoed the work of Jiří Barta and Jan Švankmajer.
Absolutely fantastic animated film about a little boy who can talk to ghosts, yet finds himself the source of ridicule for everyone in town. But when an ancient curse is unleashed, he may be the only one who is able to stop it. Paying homage to classic horror, this gleefully macabre fable spins a surprisingly rich tale about warping history and the consequences of bullying. Beautifully animated & endlessly clever.
This is a whole genre: horror children stories. From "A Nightmare Before Christmas" to "Coraline" to Pixar's "Coco" there is a good recent tradition in creating (more or less) frightening tales for children. This one is quite nice. Like "Coco" or Neil Gaiman's book "The Graveyard Book", a lonely child can see ghosts that treat him much better than live people. Cute moving story.
Although the stop motion is almost mistaken by CGI, I really like how Laika is not afraid to mess with people beliefs on how children should not be faced to tough subjects like death and loss. So cool and fresh, specially that final surprise.
A nice, spooky movie for kids with some content you wouldn't honestly expect in a kid's movie (though they're often ridiculous, you can check out the IMDb Parents Guide to read specifics). This was incredibly refreshing and a pleasure to watch.
Best way to view this flick is if a little black child is making the most invalid comments during the movie while seating right behind you! Outside of that, its an okay movie. The Jokes are lame but the central story is pretty damn compelling.
Loved the animation and aspects of the story were fantastic, especially when it got very dark but the writing was too sloppy and the jokes all fell flat. Even the voice acting seemed off. But there were some really fantastic scenes. Overall I'd say it was alight.