Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a kid whose ability to see dead folks gives this zombie-lite animated feature its name, has fantastic built-for-3-D hair that sticks straight up as if in a permanent expression of fright. The hair counts as a wan joke in this bland diversion, since Norman is blithely unafraid of the assorted undead that only he can see in his ghost-infested town. The story may be thin, but the project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio artists who conjured up the gorgeous Coraline. B
GHOST TALKER Preteen Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee)faces a zombie invasion in ParaNorman (Laika Inc.)
Genre: Animation; Starring: Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse; Release Date Wide: 08/17/2012; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Focus Features
Posted August 17 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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