The trailer for Paranorman 3D got me chuckling, so I was pretty excited when given the opportunity to catch the premiere screening of this movie over at GSC 1 Utama last night thanks to ChurpChurp. I've always loved animated films and zombie flicks, Paranorman 3D was a mix of these two delights.
Paranorman is this 3D animated adventure film produced by the Coraline creators Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Not exactly your run of the mill type of animated film, as this one takes a comical look at zombies, with very vivid colours.
It has been a while since the last time I caught a movie in 3D, and that was in IMAX. This round however, we had to get used to catching Paranorman in normal 3D. The 3D effect itself wasn't very apparant, even though this was an animation. I have always thought animated 3D films always have a very huge effect in 3D but it wasn't the case here. Catching it in 2D wouldn't make much of a difference.
"The voice cast includes Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Elaine Stritch and Tucker Albrizzi. It is the first stop-motion movie to use a 3-D color printer to create character faces."
Coming back to the movie itself, the storyline begins with focus on our main character Norman. Norman has been living with the special ability of being able to see and communicate with the dead all his life, being a social outcast when he reveals it to his parents and friends. We see him getting bullied in school and all, until a trigger of events raised the dead, and zombies roamed the town.
Only Norman Babcock, our hero is able to save the town from the zombies as well as the evil witch. We then see the comical and rather funny antics of all the characters in the movie, namely Norman's new found friend Neil Downe, Mitch Downe, Neil's older brother and a jock, and a whole town of people. Personally I liked the way Paranorman pokes fun at all the zombie stereotypes. Here, it wasn't about zombies terrorizing the town, but rather the town people bullying our poor zombies. Funny stuff indeed.
At the beginning of the movie, we were shown the PG13 rating, which actually took me by surprise, as Paranorman 3D movie was more of a zombie comedy flick. There were some dismembered limbs though, but mostly from the zombies. Overall I rather liked this movie, if only the plot had been better thought out. The movie premise is really simple, so just sit through it and enjoy the jokes. A word of warning though, nearly all the funny parts have already been shown in the trailer.
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