ParaNorman | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | April 11, 2013
entertainment value
Perfect #halloween viewing, once that rolls around. Great to see stop-motion animations still getting large scale attention. Spooky fun.
genre Adventure | Family | Horror
synopsis In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.
lead actors Anna Kendrick | John Goodman | Leslie Mann | Casey Affleck | Jodelle Ferland | Christopher Mintz-Plasse | Kodi Smit-McPhee | Bernard Hill | Tucker Albrizzi | Alicia Lagano | Jeremy Shada | Scott Menville | Ariel Winter | Alex Borstein | Tempestt Bledsoe | Denise Faye | Elaine Stritch
director Chris Butler | Sam Fell