What is “normal?”
Norman Babcock is far from being considered as such. As a resident of a quaint New England town, this 11-year-old boy is the lonesome, misunderstood type. Everyone has him pinned as a freak because he claims that he can communicate the dead. Of course, talking with the dead doesn’t go over well with the living – but can he?
ParaNorman, a 3D stop-motion comedy thriller directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, is about the fear of the unknown and how society reacts in order to deal with it. We are introduced to a typical middle school boy, Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), that has a liking for monster movies, but soon learn that his hobby goes far beyond the screen. He has a sixth sense (pun intended) that allows him to see and speak with ghosts. As much as he craves solitude, he does not hide his ability. Regardless of what others may think, he speaks of it with such openness as only a child can.
Blithe Hollow is a quaint town that celebrates its history but no longer believes in witches and zombies. To the shock of the residents, it’s the 300th anniversary of the town’s very own Puritan witch trial that sets the stage for a supernatural showdown complete with a very vengeful, former-resident witch. Can Norman, our unintentionally gothic hero, take on the ghouls and grown-ups in order to save the townspeople from a centuries-old curse? Or will his paranormal activities be pushed to their otherworldly limits?
Not only is ParaNorman a humorous and family-friendly take on horror movies with a well-timed “zombie apocalypse” theme but it’s just as entertaining for Mom and Dad as it is for the kids!
The all-star cast includes:
Kodi Smit-McPhee as, the one and only, Norman Babcock, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman , Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elaine Strich, Tempestt Bledsoe, Bernard Hill, Alex Borstein, and Tucker Albrizzi.
ParaNorman was directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, and produced by Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight.
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