Written September 17, 2014
I took a group of kids ranging in age from 7 to 11. I was disappointed in the movie for several reasons. First Norman tells his mom he's watching a sex and murder movie then we find out that the "witch" in the movie is really a little girl that was murdered by her accusors; a witch hunt because she was different than other kids. Wow what a negative message that sends. Finally we find out that the jock in the movie is gay. Why was it necessary to disclose his sexual preference; it didn't have anything to do with the movie. Not really a kids movie. Should be rated PG-13 for content and it was a bit scary for young ones.
Written August 20, 2012
I didn't even care about seeing this movie (my girlfriend wanted to), but I'm glad I did! I enjoyed it a lot, and would see it again.
Not sure if it's necessarily enjoyable for kids (zombies, witches, "Kill the witch" chants), but the jokes & references are totally over children's heads. And the kids who were in the theatre just seemed to like that it was a cartoon! They didn't even understand what was happening!
Written February 01, 2015
i have seen a lot of reviews on here criticizing stuff about homosexuality and ratings. now while i agree that the rating was incorrect, that shouldn't have to do with the quality of the movie. now, i definitely saw potential in this movie because i loved coraline but this was fantastic. most be are neglecting the amazing direction of this movie. now, while i respect their opinions, if you are going to write a review, i would recommend to actually critique the factors that make a movie. i would never expect a kids movie to be directed this well and i respect it as well considering how hard it is to make a movie like this. it was funny, well made, and had cool references such as the fact that all the characters were the generic zombie movie characters. you must see this movie!
Written May 04, 2015
Be advice do not take kids that are too young comprehend sexual preferences, that comment at the end of the movie about the jock telling the girl about his boyfriend was not funny at all and unnecessary....it had no bearing on the story.... Definitely not small kid friendly movie, as a parent I have the right to explain to my 5 year old when and how about sexual preference and not talk on the car all the way home about something that can't be explained to a 5 year old....
Written March 01, 2015
I attended a showing of ParaNorman with a 10-year-old who found plenty of giggles and lots of smiles. Anyone who has ever had experience as an outcast will understand Norman's troubles. The dark and creepy parts weren't too scary, and the stop motion animation really brought all the characters to life with whimsy and wonder. The best stop-motion animation film? Perhaps not. Worth seeing? Absolutely!