DVD: ParaNorman

By admin
28 March 2013

ParaNorman’s madcap plot and tongue -in-cheek humour reminds you of horror comedy films aimed at teens such as Gremlins (1984) and Hocus Pocus (1993).

Rated: 4/5

2012

88 min

PG

Animated fantasy

Young Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is shunned because he can speak to ghosts. But when a 300-yearold curse awakens a bunch of zombies he’s the only one who can save his town.

Although this is another stop-motion animated film with a supernatural theme like director Tim Burton’s melancholy Corpse Bride (2005) and Frankenweenie (2012), it’s quite different in tone and look. The second film from Laika, the company behind the terrific and scary Coraline (2009),

The imaginative animation is lovely, and brave Norman and his sidekicks – self-obsessed sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick); optimistic buddy Neil (Tucker Albrizzi); Neil’s dim-witted brother, Mitch (Casey Affleck), and bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – are fun to be with. There’s even social commentary thrown in. But some terrifying moments and the creepy zombies might be too much for young kids.

– SANDRA VISSER

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