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.
2.5 stars. I really warmed to this as it went on. Some jokes that felt a little lurid, but it's heart was essentially in the right place. The art direction reminded me of Richard Sala's horror comics though far less willowy. Not convinced it always made best use of the stop-motion medium - far less exploitation of texture than 'Coraline' & the characters would have looked much the same in CGI but decent entertainment
A funny take on the Zombie-genre with tons of horrorcult- references and cliches ParaNorman is both something for kids as well as adults. Brilliantly made - its somehow a mix of stop-motion and animation - it certainly looks like it - with a couple of far out scenes thats makes it worth your while.
This is one of my favourite movies ever. The designs are awesome and innovative, the storyline subverts just the right tropes here, plays them straight somewhere else, and I have yet to watch the ending without shedding a tear. I can't explain the exact elements I adore the most, sadly, due to spoilers (and space), but if you're generally into these kinds of movies, I think you'll like this one.
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.
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.