Conclusion: ParaNorman isn't as original, polished or unforgettable as Coraline , but its Blu-ray release certainly is thanks to its magnificent video presentation, excellent DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track and solid supplemental showing.
Excerpt: Norman sees dead people. They’re all around him, souls of the dead with unfinished business or whom died a sad death. They speak to him, almost seem to confide in him, but he’s an outcast with a horror obsession that doesn’t see a purpose for his vision.
Conclusion: An animated chiller like no other, 'ParaNorman' is a delightfully entertaining stop-motion feature that tackles some surprisingly mature themes involving the cruelty and dangers of bullying.
Excerpt: With 2009's Coraline the team at Laika Studios established themselves not just as skilled new talents in the specialized realm of stop-motion animation, but expert detailers of the loneliness and bizarre imaginative twists of childhood.
Excerpt: Modern animated films often come in suspiciously similar batches that indicate studios are keeping a wise eye on the competition: Antz and A Bug’s Life were released in close proximity, as were Finding Nemo and Shark Tale , and Madagascar and The Wild .