Movie Review: ParaNorman

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We went to Market Market two Saturdays ago to watch ParaNorman. We live near Robinsons Galleria, but the film wasn’t being shown at Robinsons Movieworld then, so we had no choice but to go to Market Market. Besides, the little boy wanted to ride a taxi, so there.


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What ParaNorman Is All About

Norman is a young boy who has the ability to speak with the dead, but nobody believes him. He is ridiculed and bullied for his strange abilities, but this special gift enables him to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Three hundred years ago, a young girl named Agatha was condemned to die of execution by the townspeople. Now, Agatha reawakens, together with the zombies, to avenge her death. The entire town of Blithe Hollow is in great danger.

It was Norman who spoke to her to stop doing what she’s doing because he says it accomplishes nothing and continuing her act will just inflict more pain on herself and the people she hates.

Norman made her realize who she really is, a person with a good heart. Knowing that there is someone who understands her, Agatha finally lets go and moves on to the afterlife.

What I Like about the Movie

ParaNorman is an interesting movie to watch because it’s a stop-motion film. According to smashingmagazine, stop-motion animation is a technique through which something inanimate can spring to life and do the unnatural.

Also, because it’s a horror-comedy film, the kids will not be scared to watch the movie. They will actually enjoy watching it; my son did!

Likewise, the movie imparts the values of courage, kindness and friendship. Most importantly, it teaches a very important lesson, that we shouldn’t ridicule people just because they’re different.

ParaNorman was produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features, and was released in August 2012.

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8 Responses

  1. I LOVE stop motion films! Even if they’re meant for kids, you can’t help but admire that artistry that is involved in putting the movie together. I wonder if paranorman is influenced by Tim Burton’s A Corpse’s Bride, which is also a stop-motion film.

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