Laika puts the creepy in animated movies, after their first feature film ‘Coraline’ that borders on horror, Laika continues that trend with ‘ParaNorman’, however this is mostly a comedy, but with horror elements sprinkled in. Is this film another slam-dunk or did ‘Coraline’ prove that they were a one hit wonder? Let’s delve in deep in ‘ParaNorman’.

After recently seen ‘Coraline’ for the first time, I’ve heard of Laika, but never seen any of their feature films. After the spooky ‘Coraline’, this studio had me intrigued and wanted to explore more in their library of films. After Googling the studio, I found out they only had three other features produced, including one that came out this year. Since I saw ‘Coraline’, I wanted to check out another supernatural film from the studio – with that being ‘ParaNorman’. Long story short, after watching this movie, the studio has gained a new fan. Laika reminds me everything about Aardman – telling quality stories through the style of stop motion animation.

Well, short story long (if that makes any sense), ‘ParaNorman’ explores an eleven year old boy named Norman, who is constantly teased at school by his mysterious gift – he has the ability to talk to dead people. However, something wicked this way comes as his uncle (who shares his gift) tells Norman that the Witch’s curse will be coming to the town, and he must stop it by reading his book.

‘ParaNorman’ impressed me, not just by its detailed and flawless animation (didn’t noticed any unusual fades that I did with ‘Coraline’), but the film’s story is actually very sad and heartbreaking, making you emotionally involved with its wacky, yet caring characters that the film balances in spades. I would totally say more, but I’m afraid of spoiling this puzzle for readers who haven’t yet given this incredible film a watch. I’ll just say, the direction and use of explaining certain things about this movie works well as you progressively peel back the layers of this film throughout its duration.

‘ParaNorman’ is Laika at its best, while it can be a little bit frightening for kids to watch (like ‘Coraline’), it can be a fun and moving film experience for the whole family to enjoy.

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