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Running Time:
1 hour, 32 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A beautifully animated and solidly scripted comedy about accepting people who are different from you. It will both amuse and frighten children while providing surprisingly thoughtful entertainment for their parents.

Additional Info:
Featuring the voices of:
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Norman Babcock
Tucker Albrizzi as Neil
Anna Kendrick as Courtney
Casey Affleck as Mitch
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Alvin
Leslie Mann as Sandra Babcock
Jeff Garlin as Perry Babcock
Elaine Stritch as Grandma
Bernard Hill as The Judge
Jodelle Ferland as Aggie
Tempestt Bledsoe as Sheriff Hooper
John Goodman as Mr. Prenderghast
Alex Borstein as Mrs. Henscher



ParaNorman
We first meet Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) as a young boy who’s not only addicted to old-fashioned horror movies but endowed with a “Sixth Sense” ability to see ghosts, including the spirit of his dearly departed grandma (Elaine Stritch), irking his father (Jeff Garlin) and older sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick), though his mother (Leslie Mann) is much more supportive. At school he’s a pariah, ridiculed and bullied by thuggish Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and even harassed by teachers like loudmouth drama coach Mrs. Henscher (Alex Borstein).

But as bad as things ordinarily are for Norman, they get much worse when he’s accosted by his outcast uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), a crazy old coot who shares his supernatural gift and informs him, just before expiring, that he must stop the curse of a witch the Puritan town fathers of their town of Blithe Hollow had executed centuries earlier from being realized. Joined by his new-found friend, chubby outcast Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), as well as Neil’s dim-bulb jock brother Mitch (Casey Affleck) and Courtney, who’s besotted with Mitch, Norman takes off in Mitch’s van to prevent the curse from bringing the witch’s executioners, led by The Judge (Bernard Hill), back from their graves. But they fail, leaving the town apparently under assault from the undead and the citizens forming a frenzied mob to do battle against them.

ParaNorman, written by co-director Chris Butler adds a nifty twist that brings the witch (Jodelie Ferland) to center stage and turns the picture into a plea for tolerance on a variety of levels without sacrificing action, humor or sheer visual splendor, which in this case is enhanced, rather than undercut, by the excellent 3-D effects.


                                                                 
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