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.
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.
The animation was stellar but the over use of CG takes away the illusion of the hand made feel of claymation. The thin, disjointed plot and generally throw away characters hurt the film's message(s), which are genuine. The sense of urgency in the conflict were pretty weak. Yes, Coraline this is not(or even the underrated Monster House) but it is harmless enough, though disappointingly so.
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.
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.
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.