Shout Out: ParaNorman

  • The film is one to bad '70s B-Grade horror flicks in general... The type Norman likes to watch on TV.
  • The open credits are introduced by the camera doing a high-speed zoom through some eerie woods.
  • The Halloween Theme Tune is Norman's ringtone.
  • Neil stands outside in a Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees type hockey mask — but he really does intend to play hockey.
    • Which at the same time mirrors a shot from the original Halloween in which Laurie/the camera looks down from a second store-y window to catch a glimpse of Michael Myers, in his white mask, next to washing hanging on a clothesline.
  • The name of the town (Blithe Hollow) is a mash-up of the titles of two ghost stories - Blithe Spirit and Sleepy Hollow.
  • It's probably unintentional, but Salma looks like she could be a twelve-year-old Amy Farrah Fowler.
  • One of the board games under Norman's bed is titled "The Hand of Fate."
  • There's a bar called Bar Argento and a vending machine with a Suspiria logo on the side.
  • There's a candy bar called Cuj-Oh's in the vending machine.
  • Norman trying to yank the book away from the hands of his dead uncle reminds of Frederick Frankenstein's similar predicaments with his grandpa's book.
  • Norman's friend being called Neil may be a shout out to Neil Gaiman, given that he wrote the source material for Laika's previous success Coraline (as well as The Graveyard Book, which shares some similarities with ParaNorman.)
  • Judge Hopkins is named for the title character of the Tigon horror film Witchfinder General.
  • Niel's dog is named Bub.
  • When we physically first see Agatha, she's wearing ruby slippers.
  • Also, her name itself may be a reference to a certain Pokémon Trainer whose specialty was the Ghost type.
  • There are several shout-outs to Scooby-Doo, although, of course, they don't have a live dog:
    • The police officer uses the phrase; "Those meddling kids."
      • She even says "Jinkies" when they come across the mob.
    • For part of the movie they're driving around in a van like the Mystery Machine.
    • Salma, the smart one, could be a shout out to Velma, the smart one.
      • Confirmed by the commentary. And the reason they call Salma instead of bringing her along because that's what would happen in real life. The gang wouldn't bring Velma on the dangerous adventure, they'd call her whenever they needed information.
    • Does this remind you of the title card for The New Scooby-Doo Movies?
  • Alvin wonders why when faced with a zombie apocalypse they should have to go someplace as lame as the library.
  • The refrigerator magnets spell Redrum.
  • Norman tells Courtney not to use "the z word."
  • One of the ghosts Norman greets on the way to school is named Bruce.