|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Tempestt Bledsoe, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Bernard Hill, Casey Affleck, Elaine Stritch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman|
|Directors:||Sam Fell, Chris Butler|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Animated, Horror, Thriller|
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Mar 2013|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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This film was made only for me probablyBy TheWatchman (753 reviews) from Suburbia , 23 Sep 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I just watched Paranorman a film about a boy (called Norman by the way) who can talk to ghosts and wondered who it was aimed at? The cinema was filled with children (ranging from three years old to early teens) and I came out of the auditorium wondering whether I was the only person in there who truly enjoyed it!
Dont think that just because this is a story about a boy who sees dead people that its anything like the Sixth Sense. It more slightly cashes in on todays obsession with zombies. Weve seen zombie movies for adults, zombie movies with infected people instead of walking corpses, romantic zombie movies, comedy zombie movies, zombie movies from the point of view of the undead themselves and now we have a kids one. It had to happen (and, after watching Paranorman, I say no bad thing).
First of all, this is NOT Toy Story or Shrek. For a start its made from claymation (think Wallace and Gromit) rather than all on computers. Plus, it might pass itself off as a childrens movie, but it seemed more like a homage to cheesy B-movie horror films of days gone by. There are tonnes of in-joke references to horror films that, unless you show your five-year-old Halloween and Return of the Living Dead instead of In the Night Garden, they will have no hope of ever picking up on.
In these days of target audiences where Film A is meant for women and Film B is meant for children and so on, watching Paranorman made me wonder whether the filmmakers just sat down, made a movie that they liked and never really gave much through to who it was meant for, hoping it would find an audience out there somewhere. A brave, if not that economical, decision.
Bottom line: Paranorman was awesome, but then Im a man who has grown on up on horror and zombie films. It has loads more heart and character development than other recent kids movies, such as Brave, it looks visually stunning and its packed full of gags I just wonder how many children will actually get?
Afterthought: I was so caught up in enjoying this movie, I obviously didnt get some concerns from parents. Ive read some internet message boards where parents are annoyed at a kids movie bringing in issues of child death and (takes a deep breath) sexuality. Maybe if you dont want Little Johnny asking you, Daddy, why does HE have a boyfriend? you really shouldnt take your child to see this.
Paranorman = possible future cult movie.
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Not at all apt for Kids..By a customer , 28 Jul 2013This is not at all ok to for Kids under 8, as the graphics is pretty dark and so is the theme as well.... Still kudos to Tim Burton for something original and quirky, would have been better to tone it down for viewing with kids..
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I See Dead PeopleBy a customer , 27 Jul 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis was so funny reminded me of Sixth Sense but a funny version. I see dead people. Loved the community spirit (pardon the pun here) of working together towards the end goal.
Let the dog go!By a customer , 20 Jul 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideOK until the mawkish ending. Should have let the dog die permanently - what was he going to do with a dog which was 'dead' forever? How was he going to learn to deal with loss? Why am I even asking these questions of this film?
DVD zombies get last laughBy a customer , 20 Jul 2013Film starts off a bit dark and not quite sure where it was going. John Goodman character pretty scary for young children. Once under way it was very enjoyable with some good observational comic moments against a fast paced storyline that kept our interest. Only issue we had was that the DVD kept freezing at various points - it was like the the zombies were exacting their revenge on us!
brilliant animationBy cheesekake (1501 reviews) from uk , 18 Jul 2013if you like any Tim Burton films then your going to love this one. This animation is dark and weird, but totally brilliant and so watch-able. Great twist on the psychic thing too. defo worth watching