One of the Best Films of 2012. A Perfect 10.
I often said Coraline is very much A Nightmare on Elm Street for kids. Para Norman
on the other hand is very much Evil Dead 2 for kids in the sense that it's more of a Horror Comedy if anything as there's plenty of slpatsick used to its advantage given the situation.
Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-Mc Phee
) has the ability to literally talk to the dead much to the disapproval and much confusion from his father and mother respectively, his sister and pretty much the entire town consider him to be a so-called weirdo. One day a crazy bum and no, it's not Chester A. Bum if you're curious, warns him about the witch's curse and with the task of putting the witch to rest being passed on to Norman himself, he has to set things right or the town is doomed.
Granted, that may be the premise but there's more to it than I made it sound like. There's backstory but it's presented appropriately as a sort of mystery where the characters have to figure out what to do and the script doesn't rely on exposition or dialogue to get it all across. Not to mention the characters are either three dimensional or are simply a hoot to watch. The animation itself is beautifully done with the animators stepping up their game.
The voice acting itself was perfect, they fit each character. Every actor had such perfect chemistry with each other.
The script itself is terrific. It's wonderfully surreal in a way and it very much hit all the high marks to the point of subverting various tropes and there's even moments of sincerity involved along with some atmospheric moments and even homages to the EC Horror Comics and old Horror movies including a "Featue Presentation" bumper you'd see at a Grindhouse flick. As for the moral, it's brilliantly executed in regarding the fact it's about tolerence towards others. I can't find much anything that I have a problem with really.
Granted, it can start off slow but it helps benefit the film more.
If you have children or simply a fan of animation or even Horror movies, I highly recommend seeing this film while it's still out; you won't regret it. Though if this isn't your type of movie and you're concerned if your children will get scared, I still recommend seeing it but if you'd find it too silly then perhaps you wouldn't be in the right mood.