ParaNorman

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Preliminary animatic sequences; 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; Plus 7 additional featurettes on the making of Paranorman
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Everywhere we turn, there's fear. On the news, nations are warring; at home, the economy is collapsing; and as random acts of public violence continue to make headlines with alarming frequency, even the simple act of taking the family to see a summer blockbuster is enough to make some folks break into a cold sweat. Struggle as we might to prevent this constant stream of negativity from affecting our behavior, sometimes the simple act of trying to stay optimistic seems like a full-time job. So why, you may ask, would a critic start his review for an animated summer film aimed squarely at the kiddie set with such a somber, serious-minded tone? The answer is simple: The "lesson" in Chris Butler and Sam Fell's darkly gorgeous fantasy adventure ParaNorman is all about fear, and how the way we respond to it ultimately dictates who we are. In a world that sometimes seems unrelentingly dark even to jaded adults, that's a critical concept for today's children to grasp. By serving it up in a gruesome, colorful, and, yes, at times frightening package, Butler and Fell provide us with the tools to understand the mechanics of fear and how to effect positive change by not letting it go to our heads. 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. At the onset, ParaNorman looks like a grind-house picture for tweens. Dripping with hyper-saturated colors, textured with a faux-grainy film stock, and kicking things off with a playfully gruesome zombie attack, it has the air of a fright flick tailor-made for grown-up horror hounds to share with wee ones who aren't quite ready for more intense fare like The Evil Dead or The Frighteners. Even when the movie is hinting at its major theme which becomes more prominent as it goes on, any meaningful message takes a backseat to gags that set a lighthearted tone despite the sometimes ghoulish imagery. It's during this portion of the film that we really get to drink up ParaNorman's morbidly expressionistic set and character designs, and savor the nuanced performances by the talented vocal cast. Later, by the time the real action gets underway, we're having so much fun that we may not even notice as the theme of fear becomes increasingly crucial to the plot -- and it's precisely that subtle approach that gives the movie true soul. Just when the going starts to get creepy, Norman's grandmother offers him some sage advice: It's okay to feel fear, and it's how we respond to that fear that reveals our true character. Back in the 1700s, fear swept through Blithe Hollow, and the way the townspeople responded to it resulted in a tragedy that would haunt the locale for a long time. As panic sweeps through the streets, history threatens to repeat itself. Fear can be a vicious cycle. Even for adults, this isn't necessarily easy to understand. By using the Salem witch trials as a model, screenwriter Butler does a wonderful job of weaving that concept into the framework of a picture that uses traditional horror tropes. It's an ambitious approach, but the filmmakers pull it off with style to spare and succeed in delivering some memorably frightful thrills in the process. For moviegoers who tend to look down their nose at horror films, ParaNorman offers proof positive that the genre that gets us screaming can also have real substance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • UPC: 025192155369
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: (Bluray 3D + Bluray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray 3D
  • Sales rank: 36,562

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kodi Smit-McPhee Voice Only
Tucker Albrizzi Voice Only
Casey Affleck Voice Only
Anna Kendrick Voice Only
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Voice Only
Leslie Mann Voice Only
Jeff Garlin Voice Only
John Goodman Voice Only
Elaine Stritch Voice Only
Bernard Hill Voice Only
Alex Borstein Voice Only
Tempestt Bledsoe Voice Only
Hannah Noyes Voice Only
Jodelle Ferland Voice Only
Jack Blessing Voice Only, Voice Only
Ranjani Brow Voice Only
Michael Corbett Voice Only
David Cowgill Voice Only
Emily Hahn Voice Only
Bridget Hoffman Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Wendy Hoffman Voice Only
Holly Klein Voice Only
Alicia Lagano Voice Only
Scott Menville Voice Only, Voice Only
Nick Petok Voice Only
Ariel Winter Voice Only
Jeremy Shada Voice Only
Steve Alterman Voice Only
Kirk Baily Voice Only
Jacob Bertrand Voice Only
Liz Bolton Voice Only
Ava Benavente Voice Only
Cam Clarke Voice Only
Lara Cody Voice Only
Caitlin Rose Cutt Voice Only
Susan Dudeck Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Denise Faye Voice Only
Eddie Frierson Voice Only
Matthew Fold Holt Voice Only
Rif Hutton Voice Only
David Joliff Voice Only
Ashley Lambert Voice Only
Donna Lynn Leavy Blithe Hollow Townsperson
Evan Mehta Voice Only
Edie Mirman Voice Only
Juan Pacheo Voice Only
Kelsey Rootenberg Voice Only
Joshua Stern Voice Only
Dave Zyler Voice Only
Jon Brion Conductor
Technical Credits
Chris Butler Director, Screenwriter
Sam Fell Director
Yvonne Boudreaux Set Decoration/Design
Jon Brion Score Composer
Phil Brotherton Art Director
Curt Enderle Set Decoration/Design
Ime Etuk Asst. Director
Matthew Fried Associate Producer
Allison Jones Casting
Travis Knight Producer
Nelson Lowry Production Designer
Francesca Maxwell Art Director
Christopher Murrie Editor
Tristan Oliver Cinematographer
Daniel Pascall Asst. Director
Polly Robbins Set Decoration/Design
Arianne Sutner Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- ParaNorman
1. Scene 1 [4:55]
2. Scene 2 [3:33]
3. Scene 3 [3:09]
4. Scene 4 [3:31]
5. Scene 5 [3:00]
6. Scene 6 [3:43]
7. Scene 7 [4:31]
8. Scene 8 [3:39]
9. Scene 9 [3:51]
10. Scene 10 [4:20]
11. Scene 11 [4:49]
12. Scene 12 [6:29]
13. Scene 13 [3:09]
14. Scene 14 [3:59]
15. Scene 15 [4:29]
16. Scene 16 [4:37]
17. Scene 17 [5:57]
18. Scene 18 [6:27]
19. Scene 19 [6:47]
20. Scene 20 [7:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- ParaNorman
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      Preliminary Animatic Sequences
         Play with Commentary by Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell
            Commentary: On
            Commentary: Off
         Play All
         Walking with Ghosts
         Bromance
         Missing Ghosts
      Peering Through the Veil: Behind the Scenes of ParaNorman
         Play All
         That's ParaNorman
         Creating a World
         Voicing ParaNorman
         Building Characters
         Making Faces
         Rigging the Game
         Bringing the Undead to Life
         Angry Aggie
         Weird and Wonderful
      Featurettes
         Play All
         You Don't Become a Hero by Being Normal
         A Norman Childhood
         Playing as a Profession
         Making Norman
         This Little Light
         Have You Ever Seen a Ghost?
         The Zombies of ParaNorman
      Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
   Setup
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
         Français 5.1
         Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
   Previews
      Coraline
      Despicable Me
      The Cat and the Hat
      The Tale of Despereaux
      Babe
      Nanny McPhee Returns
      Peter Pan
      Play All
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