by Joy Dembo, married with a 21 yr old son, 28 yr old daughter &  a 3 mnth old grandson. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. 

When I first heard about Paranorman, I thought to myself “An animated horror movie for kids? Seriously?”.  But, I have to say that the producers and the directors,  Sam Fell and Chris Butler, really hit the jackpot with Paranorman!  It is the sweetest, most entertaining, charming movie I have seen in a long time!

The story is about a little boy named Norman Babcock, who is able to see and communicate with the dead, including his late grandmother, and various ghosts and ghouls who live in his town. Sadly, though, nobody believes he really has this ability and he is considered a real weirdo.  The kids at school bully and laugh at him and make his life a total misery.  However, a fat, nerdy kid named Neil,  who has been equally ostracized all his life, takes a shine to Norman and decides to hang out with him.

During the school pantomime, commemorating the Massachusetts town’s execution of a young witch, over 300 years previously, Norman has a scary vision, and shortly thereafter, he is approached by his strange uncle whom he hasn’t seen in many years, and he tells Norman that the vision is a sign that Norman will soon have to take over his annual ritual of protecting the town from the spirit of the witch.

Plagued by visions and frequent visits from his uncle, now deceased, Norman embarks on a scary, wild, challenging and ultimately rewarding journey to save the town’s ancestors, and the town itself,  from the centuries old curse of the witch.

With the whole town relying on Norman, he and Neil, joined by the school’s biggest bully, Alvin, and Norman’s  pretty, but totally brainless stereotypical American teenage sister, Courtney, eventually emerge triumphant. But, in the process they have to deal with zombies, ghosts, witches and the skeptical grown-ups, pushing Norman’s paranormal abilities to the limit!

I don’t want to give away too much, but the ending is sweet and heartwarming.

The characters are brilliantly voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck and Christopher Mintz-Plass.

The film has been classified as a comedy thriller and would honestly delight just about everyone.

Take the kids to see this epic 3D movie, and don’t be shy to tell everyone how much YOU enjoyed it afterwards!

Paranorman releases at cinemas countrywide on Friday, 09 November 2012.

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