• ParaNorman (2012)


Release Date: August 17th, 2012

DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2012

PG |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman

Director: Chris Butler , Sam Fell

Genres: Animated , Adventure , Comedy , Children , Fantasy

Production Co: Laika

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Pursuit , Small town , Amusing , Friend , 2010s , Offbeat , Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    ParaNorman is probably the year's most visually dazzling movie so far, and the stunning climax centering on an 11-year-old witch (Jodelle Ferland) is too good to spoil. show more

  • 50
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence ToppmanCharlotte Observer

    It's freakishly funny, suddenly tender, gleefully macabre, genuinely scary, and full of a moral – fear turns weak people into bullies – which is dosed out so gently that it never tastes like medicine. show more

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Nominated Animated Feature Film
Nominated Animated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)