Written August 20, 2012
PROS: The animation was top-notch with its detailed colors, movement, layering, expression, and sound. The use of asymmetry in the characters' form was a great touch that adds to the imperfection of sci-fi/fantasy. CONS: First line Norman says when asked by his mother what he was watching, "Sex and violence." The teenage sister (Courtney) with a half-shirt and belly button piercing and overtly sexual behavior. The "witch" that turns out to be a child who was hanged for witchcraft and only wants to be with her mommy, but is then called a bully by Norman. The revelation of Mitch about his boyfriend was not done in poor taste, but perhaps more appropriate for a PG-13 flick.
Written January 26, 2015
ParaNorman was a nice surprise. It tackles some weighty subjects with some good advice in the format of a fun and entertaining feature that appeals to kids. I give it high marks for the whole family.
Written August 01, 2015
Cute, scary for small children but good introduction to to the genera. Conservative families may not be so keen with the "lifestyles" mentioned but not explored. Too bad I can't give something in between a so-so and go.
Written August 19, 2012
This movie appears to be a ok movie from the trailer, but is not a movie for younger kids. How do I put this nicely, there is a lot of immoral and improper content. Not derogatory like a lot of movie are today. In this one they just come right out and throw it in your face. Needless to say I wanted to walk out in the first fifteen minutes.
Written August 18, 2012
Dark movie, guilt-ridden or clueless characters and very loud. Not much humor and writing was flat. Reminded me of Monster House, but not as clever. NOT for kids under 10.