Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead -- and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch's curse on their town is real and about to come true -- and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Producer: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
Cast: Tempestt Bledsoe, Casey Affleck, Elaine Stritch, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Bernard Hill, Alex Borstein, Jeff Garlin, Jodelle Ferland, Anna Kendrick, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi, Hannah Noyes(less)
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This movie was a little odd, but somewhat enjoyable as I watched it with my family this fall. However, if I had brought a child, I would prefer to teach them about homosexuality myself instead of it being randomly shown on a screen in a theater. I also thought it was a little scary/thematic.January 5th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
It was ok. Probably a cute Halloween movie for the kids. I thought the plot was pretty creepy/weird for my taste. It did have some funny moments in it though.November 3rd, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
Funny and enjoyable film for the family. A few rude comedy bits but not many. Some younger kids may get scared by some of the images on the screenSeptember 25th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
The animation in ParaNorman is very fun to watch, but the subject matter is a little too much for me. It seems that most stop-motion features these days have dark/scary themes unfortunately. Multiple children in the audience were obviously frightened during the movie, and some of the humor is too crude.August 30th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
Overall, "ParaNorman" is an excellent film for older kids and parents alike. Fans of Laika's previous stop-motion film "Coraline" will have a good idea of what to expect in terms of tone and content. Even though a lot of the humor in "ParaNorman" really plays to audiences with an appreciation for classic horror movies, there's plenty for non-horror buffs to appreciate in the animators' painstaking attention to detail as well as the cleverly crafted story. Easily one of the year's best animated features.August 24th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
Points for parents to consider:
1) The ghosts and zombies are too scary for little children.
2) Contains several scenes with pranks from bullies.
3) Overall message is uplifting and positive.
ParaNorman starts with a scene too mature for young kids. A zombie is attacking a girl on the TV and Norman, the main character, is watching it as he talks to his dead grandma (who only he can see) while she sits on the couch knitting.
It goes on to portray that Norman is indeed abnormal, after all, he walks to school talking to the dead, has hair that sticks straight up, and is bullied by someone almost every time he turns a corner. He feels alone, misunderstood, and judged in all that he does. He can‚Äôt seem to please his family, especially his dad, or make many friends, but he‚Äôs got a big heart inside of that petite body.
There are some mature comments in the film and much of the humor is tailored to a teenage and older audience. Some of the scenes include comments with mild sexual references, visuals with human anatomy that are suggestive, and at least one scene with profanity.
As the show concludes you find it balances humor and intensity in a remarkable way. Just when things start to get a bit intense, especially for children, something comical reduces the seriousness and even gives the audience some abdominal exercise. You‚Äôll laugh several times throughout the movie and come to love the characters. Although, physically one of the smallest people in the town, you‚Äôll see Norman has the biggest desire to do what‚Äôs right.
Other points to consider before taking young kids:
The movie has fat jokes in it.
It has a scary witch.
Everyone gets scared, but don‚Äôt let being scared change who you are.
Treat everyone equal and recognize them for their talents, even if they aren‚Äôt the same as yours. Have courage to make the right decision, even if it‚Äôs the more difficult one.
Stay after the credits.August 21st, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
ParaNorman’s unique animation style and interesting musical score are worth noting. So are the occasional funny lines in the script and a message that uses the witchcraft plot to teach tolerance to modern day students. Yet it seems too scary for young kids, too immature for teens, and even less likely to interest adults. While it is commendable that Norman finds the courage to confront and tame the wicked force that wants to destroy his community, parents who want a good night’s sleep after this movie will need to carefully consider its appropriateness for their children.
October 17th, 2016 · Details
Parents need to know that ParaNorman is, above all else, a monster movie, and it will scare little kids. It's animated (stop-motion), but it's full of ghosts, corpses, zombies, and witches and is aimed toward older kids and teens. There are chases, "jump" scenes, characters in peril, frightful zombies with body parts flapping and falling off, creepy houses with looming shadows (and, in the 3-D version, a swarm of bugs bursting out of a teddy bear straight at you), an angry mob with weapons, and much more. The language (lots of insults directed at Norman) and teen hormones (overt flirting and discussion of how "hot" a couple of teen characters are, as well as flashes of cleavage and a broad shirtless chest) are also more mature than in most animated movies for the younger set. There are also hurtful conflicts between parents and kids, some bullying takes place, and a character is revealed to be gay in a low-key way. While it has themes about tolerance and teamwork and could be a great pick for brave older tweens and middle-schoolers, this cool frightfest is very likely to be too much for younger moviegoers to handle.August 3rd, 2015 · Details
There was some crude humor in this movie, and all in all I got bored and turned it off. I really wouldn't recommend it to anybody, And the point of the movie wasn't good enough to sit through watching till it's end.September 13th, 2013 · Details
This stop motion animated feature has a unique style and a sly humor that make it fun to watch. While the movie has some flaws in the plot department, there are worthwhile messages about not bullying and not seeking revenge that make it more than just entertainment. ParaNorman is a bit intense and dark for young children, but with ClearPlay in place, older kids and parents will have a good time with this comedy‚Äìhorror film... <a href="https://www.clearplay.com/MovieDash.aspx?id=4363&movie=ParaNorman" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>August 12th, 2013 · Details
I watched this on Netflix with my five year old and my six year old and they LOVED it! It's such a cute little zombie move that's more funny than scary and even has a good moral at the end.June 15th, 2013 · Details
Geared toward an older audience - I felt this movie should have been PG-13, both for the humor and scary/intense scenes. Overall this was a really fun, cute movie and I actually liked it. It does cover a very dark subject and has dark moments throughout. It is, after-all, about kid that talks to the dead.May 16th, 2013 · Details
It's funnyMay 7th, 2013 · Details
This was among the worst movies I have seen. It seems like the produces were aiming to hit kids below the age of 10. The plot was about a kid being able to see dead people and he had to rescue the living from the dead attacking. The animation was about 10 years out of date. This movie doesn't even try to simulate real life!April 22nd, 2013 · Details
I started watching this with my little brothers and sisters and had to turn it off 15 minutes in. Language was not kid appropriate at all! This is a kid's movie, it's stupid that they add in the inappropriate language.April 7th, 2013 · Details
Fun movie to watch around halloween, to scary for kids under ten unless you want to find them curled up at the foot of your bed the next morning.February 17th, 2013 · Details
This is one I will recommend. It starts a little slow, but then get rolling. Very funny movie.February 9th, 2013 · Details
Absolutely amazing movie. Very funny...not too scary. May seem scary for little kids!February 7th, 2013 · Details
My son and I went out to see ParaNorman while the Girls were away. We really enjoyed the show until the very end when we find out that the boy Normans sister likes is Gay. Too bad, This show will not become part of my families library. It is too bad that Hollywood seems to need to put that kind of trash in a children's movie...December 4th, 2012 · Details
Very high PG or low PG-13 rating. Not something to take younger school-aged children to. It's quite frightening for younger kids.September 5th, 2012 · Details