DA's Review of ParaNorman
Chris Butler and Sam Fell make Tim Burton's "darkly witty" films from the past 10 years look like garbage. ParaNorman had a mind all it's own and embraced open, liberal concepts instead of clinging to a child-conscious idea like, "The world is great! Yeah!" That's not to say, for entertainment value, ParaNorman isn't a children's film. Foremost, it IS a children's film, and appeals to the humor and visually stunning animation children will love. However, the rude and radical behavior underlying the plotline is a snarky parody of the state of our culture. That's what sells the film, along with it's brilliantly ironic homages to early 70's horror.