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ParaNorman [DVD] [2012]

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  • Release Date: 02/03/2015
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (189 out of 197)

    Special Features


    • Preliminary animatic sequences
    • 7 featurettes on the making of Paranorman
    • Peering through the veil: go behind the scenes to see how this stunning stop-motion animation was created
    • Feature commentary with writer/director Chris Butler and director Sam Fell

    Synopsis


    ParaNorman
    Writer/director Chris Butler puts his experience working on Coraline and Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride to good use in this charmingly morbid tale of an eccentric young hero facing supernatural forces that would make most grown-ups cower in fear. Eleven-year-old Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young misfit with a remarkable gift: He sees dead people. Although Norman's clairvoyance allows him the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch) long after she has ceased to be, it also drives his frustrated father Perry (Jeff Garlin) and popularity-obsessed sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) up the wall at home and makes him the target of dim-witted bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) at school. His only friend is portly Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), who isn't exactly a beacon of coolness. When Norman's deceased uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), a local pariah, warns the young boy that he must save their small town of Blithe Hollow from a witch's curse that has plagued the area for centuries, the young creature-feature addict isn't entirely sure how to respond -- that is, until the sky turns red, the clouds start to swirl, and the dead rise up from their graves. Now, as a terrified mob takes to the streets with torches in hand, it's up to Norman, Courtney, Alvin, Neil, and Neil's older brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) to put things right, even if it means confronting the 300-year-old curse that has haunted Blithe Hollow ever since the notorious witch hunts of the 18th century. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kodi Smit-McPhee
      Kodi Smit-McPhee - Norman Babcock
    • Tucker Albrizzi
      Tucker Albrizzi - Neil
    • Casey Affleck
      Casey Affleck - Mitch
    • Anna Kendrick
      Anna Kendrick - Courtney
    • Christopher Mintz-Plasse
      Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Alvin



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 197 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good stuff

      Posted
      Treydle
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      Did you fit in growing up? Did you have lots of friends, play sports, and go to parties? What about seeing dead people? Did you do that? Probably not. Norman Babcock, on the other hand, sees and speaks to dead people all the time. Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is an outcast at school and an embarrassment to his family, thanks largely to his “gift”. Norman’s father Perry (voiced by Jeff Garlin) doesn’t believe Norman is talking to anyone and makes no effort to explore the possibility that he’s wrong. Norman’s mother, Sandra (voiced by Leslie Mann) is more tolerant but, by no means, a believer. Courtney, Norman’s older sister (voiced by Anna Kendrick) is a cheerleader who thinks Norman’s a freak and has very few thoughts on any meaningful subjects. The only companions our main character has are his deceased grandmother (voiced by Elaine Stritch), other ghosts in town and a fellow student named Neil (voice by Tucker Albrizzi) who is bullied because, among other things, he is overweight. The town they all live in is named Blithe Hollow and it is best known for its execution of a witch 300 years ago. While rehearsing a play on the subject, Norman has a vision of the past and being pursued by an angry mob. Not long after that, Norman and Neil are confronted by Norman’s estranged uncle, Mr. Penderghast, (voiced by John Goodman) who tells them that they must perform a ritual that evening to prevent the dead rising from the gave that evening. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected to. Yes, the notion of a child who can “see dead people” is right out of The Sixth Sense but that’s where the similarities end. Norman accepts his abilities, in spite of the scorn he receives as a result. Another difference between Norman and the character portrayed by Haley Joel Osment is that Norman is a very optimistic, upbeat; individual who just doesn’t have any friends. The supporting cast is chock-full of talented people who add to the story. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, and judging from the box office you haven’t, please do.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

      Posted
      shopaholic135
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      We first watched it on demand, in 2D, and I really liked the story and the execution. There is a natural balance of jokes and spooks. All characters are believable. The animation is perfect and brings that sense of fairy tale which I felt when I was a kid and watched cartoons on TV. Back then I believed in them, and this one made me believe in these characters too, and believe the story. When I bought a 3D disk and we watched it, the sense of immersion of this story deepened dramatically. From a flat accepted-as-artificial show it became a stage in the real space - the whole movie was unfolding just right in front of us, it's like ... a mix of a puppet theater and "small soldiers" -kind of live action. I recommend watch this in 3D, it brings just amazing emotions.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Masterful Follow Up to a Stop Motion Revolution

      Posted
      Watcher
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      Paranorman is one film that may turn people away by just reading its simpllistic plot. You've seen it done a thousand times, why should anyone sit down for another round of it. However, at that I'd say you've never fallen in love with anything like this before. Paranorman is a love letter to all horror films, mostly zombies, that has believable characters, strong character arcs and motifs, and above all else visuals that outdo themselves time and time again. Kids will be scared and love this at the same time, adults will find humor in the most unlikely places within this film. Paranorman is a gem that can't be fully appreciated unless you go back and watch it again and again to catch every little detail, and nod.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      ANIMATION AT BEST!!!

      Posted
      gusvelasco94
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      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 a 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Fun Movie With a Must See 3D Presentation

      Posted
      LegacyGaming
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      Often times the 3D features on blu rays seem to be more of a tacked on gimmick than adding to the overall viewing experience. Other times 3D is jarring or distracting to the viewing experience. That's not the case with this film. The video quality in both the 2D and 3D transfers are stellar. But, the 3D presentation is where this movie truly shines. It adds a great depth of field, and brings both the world and odd characters to life in crisp, immersive 3D animation. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is also quite good with a clear dialogue track and chilling surround sound effects. Fans of 3D animated films will not be disappointed,

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Is this a kids movie?

      Posted
      h8thgame
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      I enjoy kids movies but I feel this movie was borderline for kids. I was excited when I bought this movie, but after the sxual innuendos I felt uncomfortable watching with my 10 year old son. This movie would have been great except the teenagers show their hormones are overflowing. I was real displeased with ending and the reference of the boy and his boyfriend shame on the producer. I hope this is not a trend for future kids movies. I am sorry but I do not recommend for kids . I will not watch this movie again I would give it away but I don't want anyone else to let there kids watch it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very entertaining!

      Posted
      NMG63
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      I bought this to show to students at my school library (last couple of days before school was out) to students ranging from Kinder to 5th grade....they all loved it! The older ones got the "adult" jokes (all good animation does this) and the younger ones liked the "potty" humor....everyone appreciated the message about being different and experiencing being bullied for it. The adults who saw it (PE was scheduled indoors, so I had the 3 coaches and various subs throughout the day) loved it as well and it became a popular checkout item later!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie for everyone

      Posted
      Detneirosid
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      When seeing the trailers for Paranorman I thought it looked okay at best. It seemed to be a Tim Burton rip off, but with more color. I'm so glad i bought the BD release though. The story and acting was so much better than most kids movies. There were definitely some parts that would scare younger and/or more sensitive kids. My 11 year olds loved it though. As far as bonus features the behind the scenes on how they made the movie were very informative and engaging for me, but that's something i enjoy seeing on all movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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