ParaNorman – AMC 12 Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA

Fun! I mean we knew as soon as we saw the trailer that it looked like a super cute film (zombies and ghosts? TOTALLY cute), but it totally surpassed our expectations. I mean first off we’re both huge fans of stop-motion films as a rule of thumb (I blame Nightmare Before Christmas) and this is a true gem of the art form (make sure to stay to the very end of the credits for a real stop-motion treat). Secondly, the entire movie (at least in regards to Norman’s gift) isn’t about what you see in the trailer (as some films are wont to do) – the story has some delightful twists and turns that we were very pleased by.

It was amusing to learn that Christopher Mintz-Plasse was the bully since he’s had so many roles where he was bullied. How the worm turns and such.

I wonder why I thought Neil Gaiman was involved in this production at all? Is it because this is the same animation studio that adapted Coraline in 2009? And possibly the trailers dropped his name every once and a while to get us thinking he was involved? I don’t know. Regardless, I’m really liking what’s coming out of Laika and look forward to their next production!

Maybe Neil Gaiman is on the board at Laika? Or is just really good friends with them? They must be friends with him since he’s tweeting about ParaNorman…I don’t know. It’s just cool. 🙂

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