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 November 26, 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 November 28, 2015
This movie is GROSS! It was given a PG rating for "some rude humor"? Should be PG-13 for "totally and completely inappropriate for children"! In one scene the "W" on a sign over a hot dog restaurant called "Witchy Weiners" is burned out, so it says "Itchy Weiners". Really? Did we have to go there? Writers, can you not be creative anymore without being disgusting? And of course, no kids' movie would be complete without the horny little fat kid and the gay jock characters! Aside from the inappropriate humor, the writing is subpar, and the jokes fall flat. I actually felt embarrassed for the writers because hardly anyone in the theater laughed. Visually, the movie is just okay, and certainly not good enough to make up for all the negatives. This movie made me angry. What a waste of time and money!!!