One Sentence: Great Halloween movie, in August.
Release Date: 17-Aug-2012
I can get into Halloween early, it is my birthday after all. But it is August 17th, we have over 2 moths until Halloween, so when Focus decided to release ParaNorman this early I thought it was an odd choice. I know there are 2 other Halloween animated movies coming out before Halloween, but in August? Soon we will have Christmas movies in July.
Now just because I am complaining about Halloween creep doesn’t mean that this movie isn’t a fun little creepy movie. I think it is a great time, with amazing art direction. It had a creepy vibe filled with comedy, which seems like a hard thing to do. It walked a fine line keeping it safe enough for kids to see, and gross enough to call it a Halloween movie. The faces were a little bit weird, but everything else was great. Good story, good comedy, funny gross out scenes and a very good ending. It took me a while to warm up to the weird faces, but once I got ok with them, I warmed up to ParaNorman completely.
If you are not ready to get into the Halloween vibe until the temps drop below 100, you might have a couple of weeks you can wait to see ParaNorman. I would see it in the theater though. It is fun and pretty enough to justify it, and if you can make it till September till you see it, I think this is a great movie to get you into that Halloween mood.