Brains squish, Halloween ringtones blare, hockey masks are donned, and even The Walking Dead gets name dropped. There’s even an opening movie-within-the-movie that looks like something Quentin Tarantino could have dreamed up. Aside from Monster House and Coraline, this just may be the most fun kids could have at a horror movie since Monster Squad. With jaw-dropping stop-motion animation, Laika and directors Fell and Butler are having the time of their lives. Some of it borders on maybe being a little too much for the youngest viewers, but I blame modern society on that. Growing up with the likes of Gremlins, Poltergeist, Piranha, and my all-time favorite film Jaws, on an endless loop, this would undoubtedly have been another favorite. Being 32 years of age now, without children of my own just yet, I still can’t wait to add ParaNorman to my Blu-ray collection. And not just for personal repeat viewings but so that someday my own children will have their own modern classic that I’ll be more than happy to share with them.
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