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Must See Movies:ParaNorman

Updated on July 30, 2012

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!

That's the premise behind the animated summer film "ParaNorman" from director Sam Fell, and writer Chris Butler and produced by studio Laika, the people responsible the animated film Coraline.

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.


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    • Hazzabanana8 profile image


      6 years ago from Southern Realms of England

      Interesting review. I'd like to here more.

      I'll check this out when it comes about.

    • animekid profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hello there Missy Gear.

      Totally agree with your comment. Unfortunately I did not see Coraline, but I shall have to add it to my Netflix cheq list.

    • MissyGear profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm personally very excited for this film. I've always been a fan of clay animation and I absolutely loved Coraline. It's something out of the ordinary and it's a nice treat now and again to see something strange and original.

    • animekid profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Pauline!

      Thanks for the comment on this hub. Personally with the hero movies "The Dark Knight Rises," and the re-booted "Amazing Spiderman" I personally wanted to see a movie that was a bit lighter in fare and I love animated movies (as long as their done well) over many of the hero films that come out of Hollywood.

      And this is a film that if I still had a little one, I would have no problem taking to this movie...besides ya gotta love stop action animation.

    • Pauline Davenport profile image

      Pauline Davenport 

      6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You've convinced me animekid- must go to see it now. I think we've all got a bit of the child in us ( me, a lot I think) and I so films aimed at children - I mean 'Monsters Inc' and all the Toy stories, to name but a few - waht could honestly be better viewing?. A love Hub to read, and had certainly whipped up my enthusiasm to see 'ParaNorman' - oooh can't wait


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