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ParaNorman (2012)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 22,199 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Horror
  • Release Date: 17 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
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  • IMDb page: ParaNorman (2012)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 22,199 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Horror
  • Release Date: 17 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Budget: $60,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $55,964,935(USA)(16 December 2012)
  • Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Jon Brion   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Curse | Witch | Ghost | Storybook | School

Writing Credits By:

  • Chris Butler (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The film was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR Camera. To generate the 3D effects, the camera was mounted on a special rig that would take one shot, then slide to a slightly different viewpoint to take another shot.
  • The film company Laika used 3D printers to generate all of the different faces needed for the characters.
  • During the last few weeks leading up to the film’s release, Laika sent 49 packages to 49 people (including Neil Gaiman and Kevin Smith). Each package consisted of a wooden crate from “Blithe Hollow” full of “grave dirt” which recipients had to dig through to unearth a coffin. Inside the coffin was one of the seven cursed zombies, complete with background information and name.
  • Save for Judge Hopkins, the seven cursed zombies are not referred to by name, but they did have names: the aforementioned Judge Hopkins, Eben Hardwick, Thaddeus Blackton, Lemuel Spalding, Amelia Wilcot, Goodie Temper, and Wile London.
  • The story is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose name is a mash-up of two other ghost stories: Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit (1945) and Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949).
  • Norman’s mobile ringtone is the theme from _Halloween_ by John Carpenter.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Neil is watching his mother's aerobics DVD, it has white lines going across the screen as it is paused. VHS tapes did that but DVDs don't.

Plot: A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Full summary »  »

Story: In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.Written by Kenneth Chisholm (  


Synopsis: In the small New England town of Blithe Hollow, Massachusetts, a boy named Norman Babcock is able to speak with the dead, including his late grandmother and various ghosts in town. Unfortunately, almost no one among the living believes his ability is genuine and he is isolated emotionally from his family while being ridiculed and bullied by most of his peers for his seemingly strange abilities.

However, Norman makes a friend with Neil Downe, an eccentric overweight boy who is bullied himself and finds Norman’s earnest admission as a medium an intriguing part of a kindred spirit. During rehearsal of a school play commemorating the town’s witch execution of 300 years ago, Norman has a harrowing vision of the town’s past and being pursued as a witch by the town’s citizenry. Afterward, the boys are confronted by Norman’s estranged and seemingly deranged uncle Mr. Prenderghast who tells his nephew that the vision is a sign that he soon must take up his regular ritual to protect the town.

Norman refuses to take him seriously, but soon has another vision during the school play, creating a public spectacle of himself which leads to his embarrassed parents unjustly grounding him. Now completely despondent and isolated, Norman is confronted by the ghost of the recently deceased Prenderghast in the restroom who tells him that the ritual must be performed with a special book before sundown that day, before departing for the afterlife. After some consideration, Norman sets off to Prenderghast’s residence to retrieve the book. Believing that Neil would not truly understand his situation, he drives him away. He arrives at the graves of the town’s ancestors/founders, including Judge Hopkins, who were supposedly cursed by the witch they condemned, but finds the book is merely a collection of fairy tales.

Before Norman can ponder the situation, Alvin, a bully who overheard Norman’s encounter in the restroom, intrudes and interferes with the reading until after sundown. With that, a ghostly storm resembling the witch appears in the air while the cursed dead arise and pursue the boys until they meet Norman’s sister, Courtney, Neil and his older brother, Mitch, who have come to retrieve Norman. Together, the kids are relentlessly pursued by the zombies into town, but Norman manages to contact a classmate named Salma, who tells them to access the Town Hall’s archives for the location of the witch’s unmarked grave.

As the kids make their way to the Town Hall, the zombies eventually lose them and find themselves confused by modern society and then are beset by the citizenry, who attack them en masse. During the riot, the kids break into the archives but cannot find any information they need. As the mob moves to attack Town Hall, Norman (in frustration) temporarily drives away his companions only for them to be trapped by the mob. However, the Witch storm appears and Norman climbs the Hall’s tower to desperately attempt to read the book to stop her, but the witch blasts it with lightning and causes him to fall back down into the archives.

Unconscious, Norman has a dream where he learns that the witch was actually Agatha Prenderghast, an innocent little girl of his age who was also a medium, unjustly condemned by the town’s superstitious and frightened elite, who were then cursed to reawaken as the undead by Agatha as she was taken for execution. After awakening, Norman encounters the zombies and realizes that all they wanted was to speak with him to ensure he would take up the ritual to minimize the harm of the terrible mistake they made with Agatha. However, Norman decides that this gesture is not enough and resolves to find Agatha’s ghost to arrive at a permanent solution.

Norman attempts to help the zombies slip away to have them guide him to Agatha’s grave, but are cornered by the mob. However, Courtney, who has come to realize her brother’s true abilities, heroism and task, confronts the crowd and convinces them to back off. As the witch storm rages ever more destructively, Judge Hopkins guides Norman’s family to the grave in a forest. Unfortunately, Agatha’s magic separates Norman from the others and he must reach the grave on his own to save the town.

Norman finds the grave, and soon confronted by the vengeful spirit of Agatha, interacting with her in the spirit dimension. She tries to drive him away, but Norman resolutely holds his ground, telling her that he understands how she feels as an outcast. As she struggles to drive him away, Norman endures her assault and eventually convinces her that, despite her legitimate grievance, her thirst for vengeance is accomplishing nothing but inflicting more pain and persuades her to stop. Norman tries to convince her that even in the darkest times, there must have been someone who was kind to her. Focusing only on the tragedies and forgetting the good things in her life is what reduced her to a malevolent force devoid of her true identity.

Eventually, the girl, nicknamed Aggie, calms down at Norman’s eloquence, recalling her true personality and happy memories with her mother. She is able to find a measure of peace, knowing that she is not alone and one person in the town understands her, allowing her to let go and move on to the afterlife. At that resolution, the storm dissipates, and she and the zombies all peacefully fade away. As day breaks, the town cleans up and regards Norman as a hero even when the outside media tries to explain the disturbance as merely a powerful storm.

Norman, realizing that he, too, should stop focusing on his memories of being ostracized and pushing others away, accepts Neil’s companionship. At the end, Norman watches a horror film with the ghost of his Grandmother again, and his family eagerly joins him.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Matthew Fried known as associate producer
  • Travis Knight known as producer
  • Arianne Sutner known as producer
  • Carl Beyer known as line producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kodi Smit-McPhee known as Norman Babcock (voice)
  • Tucker Albrizzi known as Neil (voice)
  • Anna Kendrick known as Courtney Babcock (voice)
  • Casey Affleck known as Mitch (voice)
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse known as Alvin (voice)
  • Leslie Mann known as Sandra Babcock (voice)
  • Jeff Garlin known as Perry Babcock (voice)
  • Elaine Stritch known as Grandma (voice)
  • Bernard Hill known as The Judge (voice)
  • Jodelle Ferland known as Aggie (voice)
  • Tempestt Bledsoe known as Sheriff Hooper (voice)
  • Alex Borstein known as Mrs. Henscher (voice)
  • John Goodman known as Mr. Prenderghast (voice)
  • Hannah Noyes known as Salma (voice)
  • Jack Blessing known as Slob Guy / Civil War Ghost (voice)
  • Ranjani Brow known as Movie Lady (voice)
  • Michael Corbett known as Movie Zombie (voice)
  • David Cowgill known as Greaser Ghost (voice)
  • Emily Hahn known as Sweet Girl (voice)
  • Bridget Hoffman known as Crystal / Parachutist Ghost / Librarian (voice)
  • Wendy Hoffman known as Gucci Lady (voice)
  • Holly Klein known as Hair Dryer Ghost (voice)
  • Alicia Lagano known as Female Tourist (voice)
  • Scott Menville known as Deputy Dwayne / Rapper Guy (voice)
  • Nick Petok known as Blithe Hollow Kid (voice)
  • Ariel Winter known as Blithe Hollow Kid (voice)
  • Jeremy Shada known as Pug (voice)
  • Steve Alterman known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Kirk Baily known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Jacob Bertrand known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Liz Bolton known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Ava Benavente known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Cam Clarke known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Lara Cody known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Caitlin Cutt known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Susan Dudeck known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Denise Faye known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Eddie Frierson known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Matthew Fold Holt known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Rif Hutton known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • David Joliff known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Ashley Lambert known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Donna Lynn Leavy known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Evan R. Mehta known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Edie Mirman known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Juan Pacheco known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Kelsey Rootenberg known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Joshua Stern known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • David Zyler known as Blithe Hollow Townperson (voice)
  • Nicholas Guest known as Hippie Ghost



Supporting Department

Art Department:

  • Benjamin William Adams known as sculptor
  • Enrico Altmann known as mold maker
  • Andy Berry known as set dresser
  • Greg M. Boettcher known as model maker
  • Yvonne Boudreaux known as set designer
  • Matthew Brooks known as set dresser
  • Jared Bumgarner known as art department coordinator
  • Alan Cook known as graphic designer
  • Alan Cook known as prop designer
  • Alan Cook known as visual development artist
  • Curt Enderle known as set designer
  • K.C. Englander known as graphics/art department assistant
  • Georgina Hayns known as supervising puppet fabricator
  • Loren Hillman-Morgan known as scenic artist
  • John Hoffman known as storyboard artist
  • Oliver Jones known as rigging supervisor
  • Jason Lajka known as concept model maker
  • Paul Mack known as model maker
  • Raul Martinez known as carpenter
  • Irene Matar known as sculptor
  • Ean McNamara known as production illustrator
  • Douglas Mitchell known as set sculptor
  • Ovi Nedelcu known as storyboard artist
  • Brian Ormiston known as storyboard artist
  • Polly Allen Robbins known as set designer
  • Michael Schlingmann known as storyboard artist
  • Heidi Smith known as character designer
  • Heidi Smith known as visual development artist
  • David Vandervoort known as storyboard artist
  • Beth Wegner known as set dresser
  • Nancy Yeo known as scenic artist




Production Companies:

  • Laika Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  on-line promotional material creation
  • Digital One  additional dialogue recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  insurance
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack


  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Focus Features (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2012) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2012) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Steve Arguello known as senior CG modeler
  • Steve Arguello known as senior cg texture artist
  • Scott E. Baxter known as roto-paint artist (as Scott Baxter)
  • Joe Beckley known as cg matte painter
  • Joe Beckley known as cg texture artist
  • Matthew Beightol known as roto-paint artist
  • Alfred Berger known as senior compositor
  • John-Michael Bills known as lead technical compositor
  • Kane Brassington known as roto-paint artist
  • Marbella Calvillo known as roto-paint artist
  • Mario Capellari known as lead cg lighter
  • Daniel R. Casey known as CG supervisor: pre-production
  • Skylr Chamberlin known as on-set survey and matchmove tracking
  • Nicholas Childs known as compositor (as Nick Childs)
  • Karch Coon known as roto-paint artist
  • Marc Cooper known as cg shader artist
  • Michael Cordova known as senior compositor (as Michael Córdova)
  • Jon Dobson known as visual effects pipeline support (as Jon Dobson)
  • Dustin Dybevik known as roto-paint artist
  • Steve Emerson known as compositing supervisor
  • Kent Estep known as cg effects artist
  • Jonathan Flack known as cg shader artist and lighter
  • Philip Fraschetti known as compositor
  • Aidan Fraser known as senior compositor
  • Todd Gilchrist known as visual effects editor
  • Joe Gorski known as CG animator
  • Justin Graham known as lead roto/paint artist
  • Shawn Griswold known as roto-paint artist
  • Jerry Hall known as compositor
  • Cara Hallowell known as visual effects coordinator
  • Micah Henrie known as visual effects pipeline support
  • Jorge Heredia known as roto-paint artist
  • Veronica Hernandez known as senior roto/paint artist
  • Nick Jauregui known as digital systems data wrangler (as Nicholas Jauregui)
  • Adam Jones known as visual effects data wrangler
  • Steven Kaelin known as roto-paint artist
  • Joe Kortum known as digital systems data wrangler
  • Eric Kuehne known as cg effects artist
  • Grant Laker known as cg asset creation lead
  • Samantha Levy known as visual effects coordinator
  • Yin-Fang Liao known as roto-paint and layout artist
  • Zachary Linkow known as roto-paint artist (as Zack Linkow)
  • Sunshine Lliteras known as roto-paint artist
  • Josh Look known as CG animator
  • Steve Molin known as senior compositor
  • Andrew Nawrot known as cg and look development supervisor
  • David Richard Nelson known as cg character set-up and rigging
  • Martin Pelham known as digital systems production technology supervisor
  • Kevin Phelps known as CG animator
  • Annie Pomeranz known as visual effects producer
  • Ben Posey known as render wrangler
  • Ben Posey known as roto-paint artist
  • Jason Potter known as digital systems data wrangler
  • Mitch Prater known as cg shader writer
  • Ralph Procida known as senior compositor
  • Jason Ptaszek known as digital systems stage technician
  • Owen Revell known as compositor
  • Erich Richter known as compositor: end credits sequence
  • Frank Ritlop known as senior CG lighter
  • Ryan Romanski known as render systems administrator
  • Terell Seitz known as roto-paint artist
  • Rick Sevy known as CG lead
  • Joelle Spencer-Gilchrist known as visual effects production manager
  • Peter Stuart known as cg effects artist
  • Alphonse Swinehart known as compositor: end credits sequence
  • Chris Tran known as cg modeler (as Chris 'Khanh' Tran)
  • Loren Van Wiel known as roto-paint artist
  • Brian Van't Hul known as visual effects supervisor
  • Trish Van't Hul known as compositor
  • Peter Vickery known as lead creative compositor
  • Patrick Waas known as compositor
  • Eric Wachtman known as cg look development lead
  • Holly Webster known as cg texture artist
  • Christopher Weinberg known as on-set survey and matchmove tracking
  • Jacqueline White known as visual effects coordinator
  • James Wiklund known as digital systems stage technician
  • Curtis Darwin Zinn known as roto-paint artist (as Curtis Zinn)
  • Craig Dowsett known as cg rapid prototype modeler (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Mexico 3 August 2012
  • Iceland 15 August 2012
  • Netherlands 15 August 2012
  • Hong Kong 16 August 2012
  • Peru 16 August 2012
  • Canada 17 August 2012
  • Colombia 17 August 2012
  • Taiwan 17 August 2012
  • USA 17 August 2012
  • Vietnam 17 August 2012
  • Belgium 22 August 2012
  • France 22 August 2012
  • Germany 23 August 2012
  • Russia 23 August 2012
  • Chile 30 August 2012
  • Singapore 30 August 2012
  • Slovenia 30 August 2012
  • Romania 31 August 2012
  • Philippines 5 September 2012
  • Czech Republic 6 September 2012
  • Brazil 7 September 2012
  • Estonia 7 September 2012
  • Finland 7 September 2012
  • Pakistan 7 September 2012
  • Greece 13 September 2012
  • Portugal 13 September 2012
  • El Salvador 14 September 2012
  • Ireland 14 September 2012
  • Norway 14 September 2012
  • UK 14 September 2012
  • Denmark 20 September 2012
  • Poland 21 September 2012
  • Sweden 21 September 2012
  • Lithuania 28 September 2012
  • Thailand 4 October 2012
  • Italy 11 October 2012
  • Turkey 19 October 2012
  • Argentina 25 October 2012
  • Israel 29 November 2012
  • Spain 21 December 2012
  • Australia 10 January 2013
  • Hungary 10 January 2013
  • New Zealand 17 January 2013
  • Japan 29 March 2013

MPAA: Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language



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