ParaNorman the latest film release by Stop Motion power house LAIKA has set the new standard in the Industry. The film is gorgeous and the animation is so stunningly performed at times you will find yourself lost in Norman’s spooky world. If you don’t know the story already well I’ll hip you into it and hopefully not spoil anything for you.
Norman is your unordinary kid who has the mysterious ability to see and talk to the dead. In his hometown of Blythe Hollow he is an outcast, but what everyone doesn’t know is that Norman is the only one who can save them all from a legendary curse of zombies that plagues the town. That’s about all I’ll tell you for now since. If I told you any more I’d give too much away.
Now I saw the film in 3D Stereoscopic and I can tell you that this film is probably one of the first stereoscopic films that got it right! It’s not over barring, the animation is so smooth that you get sucked into the film, and the cinematography should be nominated for many many awards. There are some shots where the craftsmanship on all cases is mind boggling beautiful that it’s as if you are starring at a renaissance painting that is moving. Just visually sticking and inspiring.
The performance by the voice talent is wonderful and all the characters are spot on. So many expressions on the faces of the puppets and little tiny quirks here and there that if you blink you may miss a funny yet subtle reaction between characters.
Set and prop design in this film blew me away. For one thing you have to remember the scale of the film, small puppets on huge sets. Then you have to account for all the tiny props and things in the film. There’s bicycles and posters, little action figures that Norman collects, the amount of cars. Tons and tons of stuff just made for this film and a lot of it only is on the screen for less than a second, amazing!
You must see this film! It’s a major mile stone in cinematic stop motion history and this film should will change the way we look at whats possible with in the our field forever.
ParaNorman will be released in the U.S. on August 17th! Be There!