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ParaNorman Movie Review

The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated “Coraline.” “ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, Jodelle Ferland, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Elaine Stritch

I am not a huge fan of scary movies, but thought this looked hilarious so I had to see it!  Plus, as twisted and weird as Coraline was, I really enjoyed it!  I decided to take my 8-year-old with me since he was begging to see it since he saw the first preview!  And if it did get a little creepy, I knew he could handle it!  We saw it in 3D but the theater was having some technical difficulties with the focusing, so we missed the first 30 minutes.  As soon as it was fixed, the 3D was awesome!  I love the stop-motion animation and it always looks great in 3D.  My son and I both loved the movie!  It had our twisted sense of humor while incorporating an important message about acceptance.  My son is always concerned about how he looks, what clothes he wears, his shoes, smelling good, his hair etc… and he is only 8!  I am not looking forward to his teenage years!  That being said, it was the perfect opportunity to talk to him about the unique characters and that it is okay to be different!  Norman starts out being bullied, and ends up being the hero.  It doesn’t always turn out that way, but I made it very clear to him that we need to be kind to everyone!  I am definitely glad I didn’t take any of my younger children.  Some of the parts were a little mature for them and a couple of the end scenes were pretty frightening.  I would recommend ParaNorman for kids 8-10 and up that are okay with creepy ghosts walking around and other Halloween-ish scenes.

ParaNorman is Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.


Disclosure: I received 2 Tickets to ParaNorman in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.

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Friday 31st of August 2012

We loved Coraline and can't wait to see this movie... Thanks for the review! Cindi

Mary Dailey

Thursday 30th of August 2012

I would love to take the grandkids to see this, especially my nine-year-old grandson who is really getting into this!

vickie Couturier

Thursday 30th of August 2012

Did you think it was too scary for smaller kids like 3 an 4 yrs? I saw the previews an wasnt sure about taking the younger boys

Jemima P

Thursday 30th of August 2012

The kids would probably like this! I just wish they'd use more original voices.

In the Hammock

Wednesday 29th of August 2012

this movie looks so good!

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