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Movie Review: ParaNorman

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 08/19/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann

Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language, Running time 93 minutes, Animation/Adventure/Comedy

Compare to: The Goonies (1985), Corpse Bride (2005)

I knew I was going to like ParaNorman and thankfully, I was right. Not the most formal way to open a review, but being that I’m review a cartoon intended for (mostly) all ages, it feels appropriate. It seems that while your favorite Christmas movies from childhood are the most recognized for the stop-motion animation process, creepier children’s stories is where the genre has found its niche.

Having watched Coraline (2009) who also made ParaNorman, I had an idea of what to expect and if you’ve seen that, then you will too. Strange, humorous, and the fine line in between. The only issue I’m seeing is that some of the subject matter may be too serious for many of that kids will be interested while some of their parents might feel the same. That, and any older viewers might find the story of an outcast using their unique abilities to save the day a bit too linear. Other than that, I’m sold. Continue reading