WMG / ParaNorman

Norman's grandmother had the power.

It makes sense honestly. She is Mr. Prenderghast's mother and she passed it down to him, also giving the gene to either Norman's mother or father. That's why she promised to stay behind to look after him.
  • Actually she's Mr. Babcock's mother, Norman's father so this wouldn't make sense. He gets his powers through his mother's side, the Prenderghasts, and Mr. Prenderghast is her uncle. There's the scene where they're in the car and Perry is complaining about Norman, he puts the blame solely on his wife's uncle.
    • They could still be related distantly. This tropers maternal grandparents are third cousins.
    • Since many of these families appear to have lived in Blithe Hollow since colonial times (one of the zombies resembles Alvin) it is very likely that most of them are related to some extent or another. It would account for why the Prenderghast psychic powers continue to manifest in people after all these centuries even though many of the actual psychics (like Norman's uncle and Aggie herself) didn't produce children. The genes are being carried by many people from many families, and whenever the right combination is brought together, another psychic is born.

Aggie hasn't moved on yet.

Her unfinished business was getting revenge on those who wronged her, but where does it imply that giving up the task means it's done? Aggie simply went to sleep on Norman's shoulder, but until she does get revenge on the judge, she's probably going to be stuck here for a while, even if she doesn't want revenge.
  • It wasn't getting revenge, it was having someone understand her.
  • Also, she did get revenge. The judge and her accusers, aside from being held captive in their graves for 300 years, were indeed raised as the walking dead, and subjected to the immediate hostility of the townspeople.
  • If her unfinished business is getting revenge, then losing the desire for that revenge would mean that she didn't have any unfinished business anymore. Even if her goal isn't accomplished, it's gone.

Agatha's mother was the ghost that she was talking to

Agatha's mother was dead before Aggie was found to be a 'witch.' And it was talking to her mother's ghost that got her caught. It makes the trial and execution all the more tragic, because Aggie did have someone who loved her — just not someone who was alive anymore.

The Animation Age Ghetto is the only thing that let the PG rating fly.

Blasting zombies to pieces with guns, repeated swear words, child executions, and not throwing crap past the radar but throwing it straight at the radio tower, how did this movie get PG rating? Simple, it's animated.
  • 9 was distributed by the same company , and that got a PG-13 rating.

Agatha's appearance is intentionally based off of Silent Hill's Alessa Gillespie.

Both are characters played by Jodelle Ferland who were executed, or nearly so, for witchcraft as children and returned to terrorize a community with horrifying psychic powers. There are a lot of parallels between their appearance, to the point where Agatha's clothing is essentially just a pallet swapped version of Alessa's. It's hard to imagine that this was unintentional.

Aggie Prenderghast and the Other Mother are somehow related.

The powers the two display are broadly similar: personal pocket dimensions, Reality Warping, dominion over lost souls, One-Winged Angel form, same hair color and a limited capacity to influence the mortal world. The Other Mother's hand escaping through the door and Aggie's Witch Storm come to mind. Maybe Aggie simply has more power due to having ensnared more victims to feed off of or being forced to sleep for three hundred years allowed her to preserve her energy. Regardless, what if these two are connected? Maybe the Other Mother is actually Aggie's mother gone mad with grief and trying to recapture her bond only for it to go horribly wrong? Maybe the OM (when she was still alive) could also talk to the dead, was persecuted for her powers and died a violent death?

The ability to speak to the dead is a metaphor for being LGBT

Agatha has the ability, and in the 18th century, is executed for it, a fact that is completely supported by the government, and mandated by law. Norman's uncle has it, and he's completely cut off from society. Sure, nobody is killing him, but he's completely ostracised. And with Norman, officially, he's fine and his powers aren't something he can be executed for, but nobody believes he really has them, and the second people realize he actually does and something goes wrong, all the blame is placed on him, and an angry mob springs up demanding his death. To the point that the police are assisting the mob instead of the frightened child. This troper grew up as an LGBT kid in a small town, and the entire situation hit terrifyingly close to home, especially the scene with the mob. Technically, it isn't legal and wouldn't happen, but there's still the constant fear that it's happened before, and it could absolutely happen again, and if it did, nobody with any power would care enough to stop it or save you. And having to live with the constant knowledge that society finds the persecution and murder of everyone like you to be a hilarious event of the past is also something LGBT people are faced with.
  • Or it's just the ability to speak with the dead.

Mitch's boyfriend is Thompson

Just for fun.
  • That's the reason we never see the guy: it's a long-distance relationship.