Week 49: ParaNorman

Chris Butler & Sam Fell, 2012

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We are at the dawn of a zombie apocalypse. In April, the “Evil Dead” (2013) will crawl out of their grave for the fourth time, while Brad Pitt tries to halt a dawning zombie pandemic which sets the world on a crash course towards a social meltdown (“World War Z,” 2013), all the while Teresa Palmer starts shagging the undead, Twilight-style (“Warm Bodies,” 2013) and Milla Jovovich plans to take out the dead again and again and again and again (“Resident Evil 6 & 7”). So who’s to say the Maya’s where wrong?

“ParaNorman” (2012) is one of several animated features that embraced the (zombie) horror theme this year, forecasting 2013’s zombie blockbuster apocalypse. Its almost as if the pandemic of the undead (predicted by websites such as 9gag, 4chan and reddit) is slowly growing up, first targeting the young, then taking out the elder. “ParaNorman” however proves to be anything but a children’s movie. The film displays beautiful dark visuals and has a strong script at its heart. The story, which features the eleven year old Norman who is able to speak to the dead, might sound simplistic, but Norman and his friends will give you a real good taste for the dead.

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