It's funny, a lot of the early readers of Demise of Film are now settling down and having families. They want more family oriented pictures as opposed to the weird stuff targeted for a more mature audience that I usually cover. Well, here's my pick for a family film.
I'm convinced I've talked a lot about ParaNorman and how much I adore it. See, a lot of people will cite Nightmare Before Christmas as their favorite spooky stop-motion movie, but I never could tolerate the numerous musical numbers to adequately enjoy that film. ParaNorman is special to me. Norman felt like a character that I related to when I was a kid. A weird kid who enjoys monster movies.
Laika is easily my favorite production house around right now. A lot of people will sing the praises of A24 until the cows come home, but I prefer Laika. I have taken my daughter to see every Laika movie in theaters since ParaNorman, I enjoy them THAT much. The theater is always empty and we have a great time watching the movie together.
ParaNorman is a movie about a young boy who sees ghosts being ostracized by the people in his community as a weirdo. When the ghost of a witch the town killed years earlier arises from the grave, it is up to Norman to save the day.
I think ParaNorman is a cute movie about learning to appreciate each other's gifts. There are some genuinely funny moments and it has some spooky parts for the kids. I really love ParaNorman and if you haven't seen it, I highly suggest you change that.