Must See Movies:ParaNorman
What do you do when your a strange outcast, you don't have a lot of friends at school and you just happen to have the ability to see and speak to dead people?
Why save your town of course!
The plot of this summer stop-action animated film is fairly straight forward. Norman is that kid that we either picked on in school, or we were that kid that got picked on in school just because we happened to be a bit different...well maybe in Norman's case a lot different.
With his nerdy friend Neil who thinks that being alone means being alone together, Norman is on a mission to save his little bucolic town in New England, Blithe Hollow from a curse that a dead witch will cast on his town when she rises from the dead...and just happens to bring along a bunch of humorous dead things with her.
There are plenty of YouTube videos about the film and I think it's interesting to see the one featuring director Sam Fell called "Playing for a Profession" which really focuses on the aspects of playing with dolls while making Paranorman. It also talks about the time involved in making a stop action film in comparison to other types of film making (which in this case probably has much to do with cgi techniques used by studios such as Pixar) and I guess that th one thing I took away from that video is the fun aspect that I think as adults we tend to just lose because...well we're adults darn it!
The other animated film that I missed is Pixar and Disney's Brave which is definitely on the end of the spectrum as far as the subject of the film, but I really think I'd rather see ParaNorman due to it's decidedly different villain heavies which are dead things such as Zombies, which I'd rather be able to have a good laugh at, rather than be shocked and sometimes scared out of my mind by them while watching them on TV.
ParaNorman is being released in August and this is definitely a must see movie.