Paranorman (2012)


The movies are back to my blog. And this time being an animated movie: “Paranorman”, a 2012 3D stop-motion animation comedy horror family film made by Laika Studios (the same ones who created “Coraline”), directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler (the latter also wrote the screenplay for the movie)

More informations about the movie in question, you can read it in here:

General plotBlithe Hollow, Massachusetts – that’s where Norman Babcock, a thoughtfull and yet introverted and misunderstood kid who has the ability to speak with the dead, lives and that’s where the story takes place overall. A story that is divided into two important phases: the first one being Norman and his problems: due to his ability of speaking with the ghosts, he’s emotionally apart from his family, while he’s totally ridiculed by his peers in school. Luckily, there’s one person who has faith in him: Neil Downe, a full-of-life but overweight kid who is equally bullied for some reason. He quickly becomes a true friend of his

The second phase becomes the most active part of the movie: from time to time, a ritual takes place in the town’s cemetry in order to protect the city from a curse caused by an event that took place there (in the 1700’s, a medium girl (with the same age as Norman) was wrongfully convicted by the town council as they mistook her powers as witchcraft. This mistake has become the principal cause of the town’s curse). The previous person in charge of the ritual was Norman‘s estranged uncle, Mr. Prenderghast, who soon passes away after their encounter. Now, it’s all up to Norman to stop the curse once and for all

Now, for the opinion regarding the movie: while I’m not really into stop-motion movies, I found this one highly enjoyable (by the way: apart from this, the Wallace & Gromit franchise, “Chicken Run” and the other stop-motion animation movie released in 2012 (“Frankenweenie”) join to my list of good animation movies of its genre at the moment). Apart from the usual overlayed dosis of comedy that can be found on several current animation movies (but played well on this movie), there are two things I liked very much on the story: its respectful but total fun hommage to the horror genre and its reasonable, pure and correct treatment of important themes such as bullying, ignorance, understanding and friendship

I applaud the Laika crew for the hard work they put into the movie: all vivid, colorful and original on its own way. The list of characters in the movie is quite eclectic and appealing, but I have to give special kudos to Kodi Smit-McPheeJodelle Micah Ferland and Tucker Albrizzi for doing a great job voicing the most enduring characters of the movie (in my opinion, that is): Norman, Agatha and Neil, respectively

All in all, I totally recommended it to animation fans and also to those who like a cohesive and well-crafted story in a animation movie without much exaggerations, as well as anyone who likes cinema in general

Last, but not least – one of the trailers from the movie:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 26 de August de 2013, in Cinema. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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