Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn


Sunday the 26th, we went to see "ParaNorman," the new stop-motion animation supernatural comedy. (One of a number coming up, including the new version of "Frankenweenie," and "Hotel Transylvania" (no relation to the book by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro--).)

The story is set in Blithe Hollow, a run-down town whose one claim to fame is a 300-year old witch trial there that resulted in the hanging of one "witch". "The witch" is memorialized by a Wicked-Witch-of-the-West styled statue, and a tacky tourist industry. However, the town does seem to have an affinity for attracting ghosts, which creates problems for Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a boy who can see them and talk with them, much to the dismay of his disbelieving and painfully mundane family.

However, it appears that Norman comes by the ability honestly, since his crazy Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) not only has the ability too, but has also inherited the job of annually keeping the Witch and her zombie-cursed witch-hunters in their graves on the anniversary of her death. When Prenderghast dies suddenly, the job passes to the unprepared Norman, with expectable complications.

The movie is a lot of fun to watch. The stop-motion animated characters are quirky and amusing, yet you can see the types of people they are modeled on. CGI backgrounds and effects integrate with the figures very nicely. The story has a lot of spooky laughs, although the ending is a bit preachy.

Very good light entertainment with a moral. Suitable for anyone of an age not to be freaked out by movie monsters.

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