1 hr 33 mins
Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton
This is my favorite animated film of the year, hands down. But lets be very clear, this film is not for very young children. It’s creepy, scary, and at its core, a love letter to the horror genre. The style of ParaNorman does not hold back, and that works quite well. The movie stars a young boy, Norman, who can see ghosts that have unfinished business or have died in horrible, sudden ways. Of course, the town and his family think Norman to be a freak until one day when the town witch comes back to seek her vengeance.
There are many things to love about ParaNorman. First, it is both an excellent parody and full-blown horror flick. It has a unique way of making you laugh and five minutes later, creeping you out, which is an astonishing feat. The characters start out as very stereotypical, but by then end the audience sees the multiple layers each characters posseses. ParaNorman also does a hilarious job at poking fun of society and their rash judgements and actions. I think what makes those jokes extra funny is that the audience probably has irrational, crazy neighbors similar to the town members. The animation and voice actors are both phenomenal. But the best thing about this movie is its message to all young people, which is don’t be afraid to be yourself, and to think before judging. ParaNorman uses the living dead to challenge our humanity.
In the end, I want ParaNorman to win the Oscar. There are so many emotions that this animated film conveys better than any live action film. It deals with childhood loneliness in such a creative way that many young adolescents can relate to.
out of 10
“There’s nothing wrong with being scared Norman, so long as you don’t let it change who you are.”