Laika Inc.
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 17, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

ParaNorman

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
Wide Release Date
08/17/12
performer
Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
distributor
Focus Features
genre
Animation

We gave it a B

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

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