My family and I went to see ParaNorman in 3D at the theater when it came out last August. My husband and I had been surprised at how scary the movie actually was as we watched.
Although news and blog reports said the movie was supposed to be more like Scooby-Doo than anything horror related. I think the only thing it has in common was the fact that the movie wasn’t real, it was animated. There were some very dark elements that I do not think the Scooby Gang would have investigated.
There is a witch in the movie who is really a young girl and she was burned at the stake as a child. That kind of storyline was something I didn’t expect from a movie I thought was geared for children. However, both boys liked the movie and I don’t think they really understood some of the deeper undertones so that is a blessing.
The movie is still the topic of talk even now that it has been out of theaters for five months. It has been the winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards, winner of Character Animation & Design by the Annie Awards and now also nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, ParaNorman was made at the LAIKA Studios located in Oregon.
Over the two years of making the movie, a dedicated crew of over 320 talented animators, designers, artists, and technicians came together to hand-craft the year’s most original animated feature.
The creators of ParaNorman have released a really snazzy “viewbook” which shares their process and story of creation. You can download it in PDF format by clicking the image, it is a large file. If you want to view it online, click here.
“ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think?