However, Norman's special ability becomes the only way to save the day when a centuries-old curse on a witch threatens to destroy the town.
A ghost-, goblin- and zombie-obsessed film like ParaNorman would certainly thrive if it were released around Halloween. Why the filmmakers released it in the summer is beyond me.
That aside, the scary ghoulish cries - coupled with in-your-face 3-D monsters - can be frightening for the really young children, which seems curious considering that this is the target-age group.
As for teens and adults, there's very little that will get your juices flowing. But there are some moments devoted solely to grown-ups. One involves the misinterpretation of a word similar to "steroids" by the ultra-buffed, brain-dead Mitch (Casey Affleck).
The animation is stunningly crisp, but the plot is thin and there is not nearly enough comedy to carry the film. The finest moments have nothing to do with the paranormal, nor Norman directly. Rather his sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick) and her incessant courting of the jock Mitch, and the misadventures of the school bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) got me interested - at least for brief moments, anyway.
YP Rating: 2/5