26 Oct 2012
Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The scene between Norman and Aggie at the end
That scene was so poignant and touching.
I normally don’t LOVE family films, but this film was deeply moving. It was hilarious, scary, and had a very mature message to get across. You should never let your prejudices get in the way of seeing people for who they are.
The scene at the end where she goes to sleep next to him is so so SO beautiful. I never expected this film to touch me as deeply as it did.
One of the most beautiful scene in any animated movie, and really elevated this movie far above average.
Both visually and story-wise it was very powerful and had a great message. Not just the “don’t judge” thing, but about forgiveness, and how we can and should still choose not to be the bad guy if we are different and were bullied or hurt.
Yeah, I think the message is very important. I’m all for standing up to your bullies and defending yourself. That’s something we DO need to teach our bullied youth, but with that said, I think we should always have a place in our hearts to forgive… And if forgiveness isn’t an option, at least be the better man.
my favorite moment in the film!
I don’t expect a so fine ending, nice done for Laika!
Did you cry at any point?
I teared up when Aggie set her head on norman and “fell asleep” aka finally went in peace.
I didn’t cry, but that part did make me sad and it was poignant as well.
“I just want my mommy.” ‘Nuff said.
Norman’s walk to school at the beginning gave me some feelings. It’s definitely the music. Norman in general just made me really sad, he sounds so helpless! His voice actor did a fantastic job.
I also liked how his whole “bullying” scenario wasn’t overdone but more just helped add perspective to why he connected to the ghosts so well.
Do you think it’s true? (Message)
“Aggie: What about the people who hurt you? Don’t you ever want to make them suffer?
Norman: Well yea but… what good would that do? You think just because there’s bad people out there’s no good ones, either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there’s always someone out there for you. Somewhere.”
I appreciate the message this movie is meant to send. But I have a hard time believing it. There just aren’t enough good or smart people in the world. The only people that I can honestly say made me feel good about myself and free to be myself was everyone from Starkid. But I was only able to meet them for one day.
Everyone else kinda tires me out. There’s always that one something about them I can’t stand. They’re sexist or racist or they have extreme and/or violent views or behaviors. There are people I don’t really know that well because I don’t have any friendly chemistry with them. The world just seems like a terrible place. 🙁 I dunno, maybe I’m the one who’s crazy for not just accepting it all
Stop holding the world and society to some non-existent standard. You act like it is just not good enough, but not good enough compared to what? Be thankful you get to be part of the evolution of the world, with a brain that can understand it all and do all you can to make the best of it. The world and everyone in it will keep going on with or without meeting your high standards (that only exist in your head). So either be a part of it and do something to help make it worth living, or just waste away being a person who lived their life complaining, bickering and doing nothing but bringing everyone else down
I don’t think it’s OK to stoop to their levels, if that’s what the OP is asking… I like being a nice person because it makes me feel good about myself. Sure people have been mean and more to me, but it’s their problem and it’s not going to effect ME.
The problem with this kind of message is that you divide people into “good” and “bad”, when in fact all people are both good AND bad. That came through in some of the other writing of the movie, but not in this quote. Also, this quote seems to be saying that you get matched up with good people — but it’s not really like there’s one person for every other person, is it? It’s a matter of looking around for the people who are good to you, hold on to them, and make the other people less important to you. Let them go or maybe they will come around in their own time.
Every single person can be a jerk or even a great evil, but then turn around and be a very kind person or even a savior. It’s a matter of attitude and trying to understand other people. Empathy and compassion are what prevent great evil. You’d think that would be simple, but it seems to be incredibly difficult.
Animating the cheesy horror film that Norman is watching at the start of the movie was reportedly very difficult for the film makers, as they had to intentionally make a bad film (bad camera angles, poor focus, bad “acting” etc) while still working in the very technically demanding confines of stop motion animation
This movie has been overlooked time and time again and never received the attention and praise it deserves. I don’t just mean the Oscar, but the overall public opinion of Paranorman as well. While everyone is busy arguing about whether or not the film was “inappropriate” and freaking out over gay joke at the end (which lasts all of 2 seconds), nobody mentions the absolutely breathtaking stop motion animation, the incredible voice acting, the depth and maturity of the topic being explored during the film’s climax and the fact that it is entertaining and fun from the moment it starts to the credits at the end. It’s a shame that such a great kids movie has been tossed to the corner.
Well said. It is a smart, funny entertaining movie for both kids and adults.
Going along with the whole climax scene, it was gorgeous! In terms of animation and writing. The first time I saw that seem I had no idea what was going to happen and by the time you get to the end, your heart just aches for Aggie and Norman. Beautifully done
I agree. This film definitely should have been regarded as important in the field of animation.
Am I the only one who didn’t agree with the ‘they hurt you so you hurt them but that doesn’t make you better’ line? They didn’t just hurt her, they KILLED her, they murdered an 11 year old girl for no reason, why SHOULDN’T she make them suffer? Her curse was the only thing that made them realize they screwed up royally.
The idea I suppose is that both parties were cursed. A part of the curse was that a Prenderghast had to go read their ancestor’s soul to sleep. The curse isn’t Just what she did to them, but what happened to her. She was stuck here until she resolved her issues
They killed her, yes. But she cursed them to be tortured for all time.
They killed one child for certain, and who knows how many others?, for no reason, they deserve to be tortured for all time
An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. Also she was attacking and hurting people that didn’t even do anything to her because she was so determined to get revenge.
Sorry, the deaths of the accused vs. any deaths of the judges who decided who lived and who died based on superstitious whims of their own creation, can never be equaled. There is no eye for an eye, more like an eye for 100 eyes
but revenge is still not the answer, especially when innocent people get hurt in the process.
Norman’s uncle’s last name is Prenderghast, which is the same as Aggie’s, implying she and Norman may be related.
RT/Meta Critic Review
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