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USA, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Next Gen)

Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

“You don't become a hero by being normal.”

When zombies overtake a small town, only the misunderstood young boy Norman (voiced by Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak to the dead. In order to overcome a siege of the paranormal he must prove to his doubters that he is far stronger than his stature suggests.

Equal parts funny and moving, ParaNorman is a stunning tale of an unlikely hero… with a twist. Directed by Sam Fell (The Tale of Despereaux, Flushed Away) and Chris Butler (Coraline, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride), it displays the stylistic influence of Coraline (MIFF 2009) in its vivid and detailed animation that combines 3D stop-motion with classic, engaging storytelling.

For animation connoisseurs who like both sugar and spice, ParaNorman's underdog hero is bound to delight.

MIFF recommends age 10+ (No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to the screenings of the said film(s) unless in the company of a parent or adult guardian.)

D Chris Butler, Sam Fell P Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight S Chris Butler Dist Universal Pictures TD 3D DCP/2012

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