Preview: ParaNorman (2012)


An awkward boy finds his life turned upside down when the paranormal turns out to be real, a frightening delight for a boy so interested in the subject.

  • Poster: B-


It's a simple teaser poster that teases the hair-raising quality of the production without giving away any measurable detail.

  • Trailer: B-; B+


I saw this trailer in 3D, so I can say that from the looks of it, 2D should be the way to see it. However, although the film doesn't look particularly engaging, the use of music and the promise of Coraline-esque design elements should make for an interesting go at the theater.

It's interesting how a new perspective can change your outlook on a film...or a new trailer. This second trailer I also happened to see in the theater, but this time in 2D. I must admit that it looks a lot more fun than the first trailer. The animation is richly detailed and interesting and the story is much more engaging than I first thought.

Oscar Prospects:

I expect it to be a nominee for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Oscars, though a win seems unlikely.

Release Date:

  • August 17, 2012