Headscratchers: ParaNorman

  • Norman tries to prove that he has been speaking to his dead grandmother and fails. Later, Norman doesn't seem to realize the potential of Grandma Babcock being able to subtly influence her environment, i.e. making sheets move by passing through a bed.
    • Or, y'know, asking her for details about his dad only she would know, rather than use stuff he could know if he were sneaky (Courtney's hidden pics.)
    • To be fair, they would probably assume Norman found out things in some mundane way and is still lying.
    • That's exactly what he did in the beginning with the pictures. They just found a more rational excuse for how he'd know, and they probably would assume that Grandma would have told him before she died.
    • Some of their denial of his ability to talk to his deceased grandmother might be more of a defensive denial. They don't want to accept that he can talk to the dead because that ruined his uncle and has apparently caused other problems in the past (Agatha was a distant relative of his), so they might just not be willing to accept that it's true despite the evidence.
  • Also Why didn't Mr Prenderghast try to tell Norman about the witches curse being real, you know, maybe a month or at least an extra week before the anniversary of her death? The kid didn't have much time to think about it! Not to mention he actually FORGOT to tell Norman where the witch was buried. This could actually be a case of Fridge Horror if the guy only realized he was dying the day before he tried to talk to Norman. But then again when he actually DID die he seemed too happy about moving on to really care.
    • He also seemed to have some kind of insanity, possibly caused by his isolation. He might not have been able to ration that far into the future.
  • If my understanding of the rules for ghosts is correct — and don't say "because then we wouldn't have a movie" — why exactly was Agatha's mother able to move on? Not only was her young daughter sentenced to death, it was also carried out. On second thought, maybe this question belongs in Horror.
    • As far as we know, Agatha's mother lived a long life. Yes, what happened was horrible and probably stayed with her, but it's simply not healthy to dwell on things like that, and since Norman is related to Agatha her mother probably had other children to think of.
    • Plus, if she believed in the afterlife, she would've thought that death would reunite her with her daughter, and that thought brought her peace, even if she ended up having to wait a while.
    • There's also a disturbing chance that she actually believed her daughter was a witch and that what happened was right, because her daughter actually did have powers that Puritans would have considered sinful. The ability to converse with the dead would be disturbing at any period in time, but for people living in the 17th century in an extremely religious community, it would have almost certainly been regarded as evil. We never see enough of her to know her opinion of the outcome of the trial. If true, it's probably a very good thing that Agatha didn't know, given the fact that remembering her mother's love for her is the only thing that kept her from destroying the entire town in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • If Agatha killed the 7 people who sentenced her right then and there (as most people on this page seem to believe,) who carried out her sentence? And why didn't she kill them, too?
    • This troper assumes a few different possibilities. Maybe the curse had a slight delay, allowing other witnesses to hear of the details of the curse, since "I'll make you sorry!" is too vague to become the legend it is in the present Blithe Hollow. Barring that, the curse was either too draining or too difficult to be used a second time. Not to mention being a child at the time, the trauma of it all could have left her resigned to her fate or too stunned to try again remember the butterfly she incinerates when she gets emotional.
    • I don't think she killed them right there. She didn't get her powers until after her death. That scene was just symbolic.
      • If you pause the movie when Salma is on the webpage for the witch, it says that when Aggie died, so did the witnesses and the judge.
      • Which would make it a case of Karmic Death. After all, Agatha died because they hanged her, and the burst of energy might have represented the creation of the Psychic Link that established Synchronization between her and her accusers.
  • So, what was with the owl at the school play. I don't remember an owl being used anywhere else in the movie.
    • It was implied to be part of Norman's wood hallucination, as he assumed Aggie's POV when they were chasing her in the woods.

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