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Film Review: ParaNorman

Most people enjoyed Caroline I lot more than I when it was released. As someone who adored the book of it as a child, and own a copy signed by Neil Gaiman (he wrote “Sweet Dreams, Lucien!”), I was disappointed by the removal of all the creepiness that made the book so special from the film, and the addition of unfunny and positively ridiculous scenes with the overused neighbors. ‘ParaNorman’ is Laiki Animation’s follow-up, about a boy you sees and talks with ghosts. This was originally rated 12A (Pg-13 equivalent) here in Ireland, but re-rated PG on appeal, and I can see why it was given that rating. It’s bloody scary! Norman’s friend standing in the yard wearing a Jason hockey mask! Terrifying! The use of CGI makes the stop-motion animation less beautifully simple, but the story is decent and the characters likable. We’ll have to wait and see how Frankenweenie is before we can give it any awards, however!


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Lucien writes on film, television and politics at and co-hosts the podcasts Above All Else and The 99%.

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