Thursday, October 4, 2012

ParaNorman at Little Art Theatre

ParaNorman at Little Art Theatre


Saturday, October 20 at 11:30 PM
Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 PM

Stop-Motion Animated Comedy/Thriller.  92 minutes.  PG.  2012

FUN FACT: Native Yellow Springer Aaron Matthews worked extensively on this film as a graphic artist.

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? “ Norman !” The animated comedy thriller ParaNorman is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose locals profit from mining the town’s history as the site, 300 years ago, of a famous witch hunt. Eleven-year-old Norman Babcock (voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Let Me In) is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead, such as his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch). Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father (Jeff Garlin), spacey mother (Leslie Mann), and superficial older sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick). Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), who floors him with the revelation that a centuries-old witch’s curse is real and is about to come true, and that only Norman will be able to stop it from going into overdrive and harming the townspeople. Once a septet of zombies suddenly rises from their graves, Norman bravely summons up all that makes a hero—courage and compassion.

“It’s freakishly funny, suddenly tender, gleefully macabre, genuinely scary, and full of a moral – fear turns weak people into bullies – which is dosed out so gently that it never tastes like medicine.”—Charlotte Observer