(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his special powers to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In addition to spooky zombies, he'll also have to take on unpredictable ghosts, wily witches, and, worst of all, clueless grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grownups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: J DVD MOVIE P
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 33 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Fell, Sam Director
Butler, Chris
Sutner, Arianne Producer
Knight, Travis Producer
Oliver, Tristan Cinematographer
Lowry, Nelson Designer
Murrie, Christopher Film editor
Brion, Jon Composer
Smit-McPhee, Kodi Actor
Albrizzi, Tucker Actor
Kendrick, Anna Actor
Affleck, Casey 1975-, Actor
Mintz-Plasse, Christopher 1989-, Actor
Mann, Leslie 1972-, Actor
Garlin, Jeff 1962-, Actor
Stritch, Elaine Actor
Hill, Bernard 1944-, Actor
Ferland, Jodelle 1994-, Actor
Bledsoe, Tempestt Actor
Borstein, Alex Actor
Goodman, John 1952-, Actor
Focus Features
LAIKA (Firm)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)


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Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Norman Babcock sees dead people. And dead animals. Not only that, he also engages them in animated conversations whether it be his deceased grandmother whose taken up residence on the family couch or the civil war vet riding his spectral horse down main street. Needless to say this supernatural talent has earned him a reputation: his family can’t decide whether he needs to see one shrink or two and the school bully is always eager to remind him of what a freak he is. But all that is about to change, for Norman’s hometown is under a curse placed by a vindictive witch executed there three hundred years earlier (a fact local merchants use to lure tourist dollars) and as the anniversary of her death approaches an unearthly storm descends upon the village releasing a horde of angry zombies intent on mass destruction—and only Norman has the wherewithal to save the day. Accompanied by his airhead sister, fellow pariah Neil, and Neil’s hardbodied neanderthal brother, Norman prepares to do battle with the forces of darkness—but even he is not ready for the truth behind the witch’s vengeance. A delightfully macabre bit of 3D animation with enough icky humour to keep the kids happy (a tug-of-war with a corpse is bizarre enough without the “toilet ghost” sequence) while writer/director Chris Butler throws in enough grown-up laughs to earn a “PG” rating—apparently a little gay zinger towards the end had conservative bloggers burning up their keyboards. Add to that some sly little visual gags and one-liners and you have a highly entertaining cartoon fable that abandons the usual claptrap about “tolerance” for those who are different and instead goes straight for full-on acceptance. And the wonderfully retro closing credits, complete with toe-tapping musical accompaniment, provide the icing on the cake.

Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fun movie with a great atmosphere and positive subtext I can really get behind. This is the kind of stuff more kids should be watching.

Oct 13, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

the first 5 min(?) are fantastic, the rest of the movie is ok with a couple of funny lines ... animation is very good
** Note ... always great to get a DVD that's all sticky and gunky!

Aug 09, 2013
  • theatregeek rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely Terrible. It is nothing like the really good Coraline.

Jul 19, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Fairly standard and simple story. Occasional wit, but not very strong. Undemanding kids might like, but also might be scared.

Jul 08, 2013
  • andrepets rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie! But I didn't like it as much as I loved Coraline.. but it's still a nice movie to watch if you love stop-motion animation :)

Jun 22, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is an average big budget animated family film. The style of animation is very Tim Burton-ish with the claymation and real effects. The voice acting was weak and the plot was a bit too wishy washy for my taste. The animation is this film's strength. Not a standout.

I enjoyed it and so did my four year old. She gets particularly scared of movies, so I didn't expect her to like it, but she keeps requesting I get it from the library again. There are some parts that she wants to cuddle during and she really doesn't want me to get off the couch at all during the movie (even after having seen it 4 times), but as I said, she loves it.

Is that what this looks like?

Jun 04, 2013
  • choco_loca_me rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this movie, but the last scene was a bit bland to me. Other than that, it was an awesome film.

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In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman , who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries -old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.


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Apr 14, 2013
  • EmmaScaramozzino rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Other: May not be suitable for young ages.... Language that young kids may find bad


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Apr 29, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

(After a zombie has punched through the van's sunroof) Neil: "What do we do? What do we do? Mitch!" Mitch: "I don't know! I don't know!" Neil: "You're the oldest!" Mitch: "NOT MENTALLY!"

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