ParaNorman (2012)

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, Jeff Garlin, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bernard Hill, Leslie Mann, Alex Borstein, John Goodman

Directed by: Chris Butler XII & Sam Fell

PG. 93 mins

Gorgeously animated by combining old and new techniques – ParaNorman is a fantastic treat for young and old. Brought to us by the same crew that made Coraline, this is the story of bullied teen Norman. He just so happens to see ghosts and while his family and peers don’t understand him, they will need his help when their small town is overrun by zombies after an old curse releases them from the grave. The story is smart and often funny, plus there’s plenty of substance among the spooks. Much like the title character, ParaNorman succeeds because of it’s unique approach and charming quirks – * * * 1/2

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