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Chris Butler, Sam Fell United States, 2012

AKFilmFan's rating of the film ParaNorman

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.