Aiming at an older demographic than their masterful Coraline, Laika's 2nd feature tells a solid story w/ excellent craftsmanship. But it misses the mark in capturing the magic, along w/ its scares, that they achieved in Coraline. Maybe it was Gaiman's story, but it doesn't fully explore the feelings of being different. Instead we get horror movie references & cliches for older viewers to laugh at.
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.
A children's movie that is in many ways more adult than most quote unquote serious horror movies I've seen so far. The animation is exemplary even beyond stop motion, and the confrontation between Norman and the witch is perhaps one of the most beautifully realized and climatic end sequences I've encountered in any animated feature. In short, ParaNorman was good to me through and through.
The stop-motion animation was pretty good, it has creative and dark visuals, a subtle but effective use of black comedy and it also makes ocasional tributes to classic horror films. Surprisingly not a 100% kid friendly movie. My biggest problem is that, although Norman was likable, most of the other characters are pretty bland. Its worth watching but I definetly think it the plot and characters could had been better
Must admit I share the same misgivings as Kelley Eunsun below, and I wish that some of the supporting characters were a little less trope-y. However, the Henry Selick-esque visuals and the pitch black humour are so good that the film sticks in the memory.
Very interesting storyline with a good take on "bullying" and some memorable characters. Sort of runs into the same issue as Coraline (Who is the intended audience for this?), but for an adult that isn't afraid of watching a kids movie, it was very enjoyable. Probably good for older children and younger teens. BEAUTIFUL animation, particularly the climactic moments.