ParaNorman (Blu-ray)

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The makers of 'Coraline' (2009) return with this Academy Award-nominated animated adventure about a boy who can talk to ghosts. Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is ostracised by his family and bullied at school because of his odd behaviour. What none of them know is that he is in continual dialogue with the ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies that prowl his neighbourhood unseen. However, when the town comes under threat from a centuries-old curse, it is up to Norman to save the day. The film also features the voice talents of John Goodman, Casey Affleck and Anna Kendrick.

Product Details

Barcode
9317731093425
Department
Movies & TV
Released
27 Jun 2013
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Animation
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Universal
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
93 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
ParaNorman
Release Year
2012
Running Time
92 min
Language
English
Categories
Childrens / Animated / Family (General) / Fantasy / Ghosts / Paranormal / Supernatural / Witches / Witches And Wizards / Zombies
Synopsis
Writer/director Chris Butler puts his experience working on CORALINE and TIM BURTON'S THE CORPSE BRIDE to good use in this charmingly morbid tale of an eccentric young hero facing supernatural forces that would make most grown-ups cower in fear. Eleven-year-old Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young misfit with a remarkable gift: He sees dead people. Although Norman's clairvoyance allows him the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch) long after she has ceased to be, it also drives his frustrated father Perry (Jeff Garlin) and popularity-obsessed sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) up the wall at home and makes him the target of dim-witted bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) at school. His only friend is portly Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), who isn't exactly a beacon of coolness. When Norman's deceased uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), a local pariah, warns the young boy that he must save their small town of Blithe Hollow from a witch's curse that has plagued the area for centuries, the young creature-feature addict isn't entirely sure how to respond -- that is, until the sky turns red, the clouds start to swirl, and the dead rise up from their graves. Now, as a terrified mob takes to the streets with torches in hand, it's up to Norman, Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Neil's older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) to put things right, even if it means confronting the 300-year-old curse that has haunted Blithe Hollow ever since the notorious witch hunts of the 18th century.
Cast & Crew
Director
Chris Butler / Sam Fell
Voice
John Goodman / Casey Affleck / Tucker Albrizzi / Steve Alterman / Kirk Baily / Ava Benavente / Jacob Bertrand / Tempestt Bledsoe / Jack Blessing / Liz Bolton / Alex Borstein / Ranjani Brow / Cam Clarke / Lara Cody / Michael Corbett / David Cowgill / Caitlin Rose Cutt / Susan Dudeck / Denise Faye / Jodelle Ferland / Eddie Frierson / Jeff Garlin / Emily Hahn / Bernard Hill / Bridget Hoffman / Wendy Hoffman / Matthew Fold Holt / Rif Hutton / David Joliff / Anna Kendrick / Holly Klein / Alicia Lagano / Ashley Lambert / Donna Lynn Leavy / Leslie Mann / Evan Mehta / Scott Menville / Christopher Mintz-Plasse / Edie Mirman / Hannah Noyes / Juan Pacheo / Nick Petok / Kelsey Rootenberg / Jeremy Shada / Kodi Smit-McPhee / Joshua Stern / Elaine Stritch / Ariel Winter / Dave Zyler
Co-Star
Susan Dudeck / Donna Lynn Leavy
Screenwriter
Chris Butler
Composer
Jon Brion
Director of Photography
Tristan Oliver
Assistant Director
Ime Etuk / Daniel Pascall
Sound Re-Recording
Tom Myers / Juan Peralta
Music Editor
Eric Caudieux
Animation Supervisor
Brad Schiff
Character Design
Heidi Smith
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio artists who conjured the gorgeous CORALINE." -- Grade: B
Lisa Schwarzbaum (17 Aug 2012, )
Hollywood Reporter
"[A]musing....Wry touches abound, from the retro titles onward..."
Michael Rechtshaffen (2 Aug 2012, )
Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "[The filmmakers] lace the fun and fright with keen visual wit....There's magic in it."
Peter Travers (30 Aug 2012, )
Sight and Sound
"PARANORMAN hits a confident, crowd-pleasing tone."
Andrew Osmond (1 Oct 2012, )
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Norman and his co-stars are amusing...and the zombies themselves are a whole lot of ghoulish fun..."
Jayne Nelson (1 Oct 2012, )
Washington Post
"[A] spooky, creature-infested campfire story laced with valuable lessons about teamwork, responsibility, courage and the celebration of our inner outcast."
(17 Oct 2012, )