A love letter to childhoods lit by the lurid glow of video nasties. Or is it a deeply sad tale of what fear can take from us? Technically impeccable from the pulsing synth lines to the perfectly judged staggering of the undead. The finale sweeps away any minor missteps with a stark, heartwrenching scene given ample room to breathe. "It's a good place to sleep." Beautiful.
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.
Wonderful animated love letter to the horror genre painstakingly created blending stop motion animation with various other techniqes. Obviouslly made by those with a passion not only for animation and horror but for storytelling. Well voice cast and perhaps a little scary for the kiddies or maybe a good litmus test for future horror junkies. Full of clever moments and homages to those that came before. See it.
The best mainstream animated film of the year (close to Ernest and Celestine when it comes to animation in general). Not only is it refreshing to see zombies get treated so cleverly, in a PG no less, but it's more adult than your average, non-Rango film, incredibly skilled, well scripted and effective, like it or not. Shame all the attention went to ecological cash grabs, Nicki Minaj and farting, rapping monsters.
While it's hard to follow up the transcendent brilliance of Coraline (a task, if you didn't get the drift, Paranorman isn't totally up to), I love a ton about this movie. There is some great dialogue (the scene where Norman and Neil play with the ghost of Neil's dog) and a lot of otherwise sophisticated scenes. Obviously, as a horror nut I appreciated the nods. I sense a changing of the guard in American animation.
The animation of this film is superb. The setting, the characters and the plot altogether make for an excellent film. This film may be labeled as a "children's movie", but it is far away from being a movie for kids, the story makes emphasis on many different aspects of life and daily problems that people in society face day to day. Watching this film is fascinating and utterly thrilling, making it a must see.