September 30th, 2012



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A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 7.6/10 (1,216 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

Director: Chris Butler

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Kodi Smit-McPhee - Norman Babcock (voice)
Tucker Albrizzi - Neil (voice)
Anna Kendrick - Courtney (voice)
Casey Affleck - Mitch (voice)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Alvin (voice)
Leslie Mann - Sandra Babcock (voice)
Jeff Garlin - Perry Babcock (voice)
Elaine Stritch - Grandma (voice)
Bernard Hill - The Judge (voice)
Jodelle Ferland - Aggie (voice)
Tempestt Bledsoe - Sheriff Hooper (voice)
Alex Borstein - Mrs. Henscher (voice)
John Goodman - Mr. Prenderghast (voice)
Hannah Noyes - Salma (voice)
Jack Blessing - Slob Guy / Civil War Ghost (voice)

Taglines: It's all fun and games until someone raises the dead.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 17 August 2012

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User Review

Another Animated Hit From The Makers Of Coraline!

Rating: 9/10

Focus Features has only had two animated films up to this point; the beautifully crafted, but story-lacking 9, and of course the gorgeous and creepy Coraline. Now, this studio's third animated film gives us both a funny and creepy story about a town under siege by zombies and an ancient witch's curse. It's one of the best movies of the late summer, and should easily compete for at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Film.

The film in itself is split into two sections. The first shows Norman, an out-of-place kid in a small New England town who has the ability to talk to ghosts. Since he has no real friends, he doesn't mind the undead. He's picked on at school for being different, and we see that whenever another person, like the geek Neil, wants to be friends with him, he tries to push them away. Norman's older sister, and Neil's older brother are the stereotypical cheerleader and football jock, and they torment Norman as well. And then we have the school bully; every film seems to have them these days.

The second part of the film sees Norman become an unlikely hero after a witch's curse raises the dead back to life and all chaos breaks loose. There are some creepy moments, but the characters are always cracking off one-liners according to the situation, so it kept the film funny as well as adrenaline pumping. The only thing I didn't like about the story was the climax. It's not that I didn't like it, it's just that it felt sort of phoned in. Overall, the voice acting is great, the animation is superb as always, and the 3D remarkably works well. I was expecting a great movie, and I got it with this film. It may be a little too scary for kids under the age of 10, but everyone else should have a blast. I hope this film does well, and I can't wait to see what Focus Feature's next big animated project will be.

Final Verdict: 9/10


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