Night of the Living Clay
Laika, the animation studio behind Henry Selick’s flawed, yet creepily entertaining Coraline, return with a new stop motion horror comedy and though ParaNorman showcases their technical ability it never presents as much originality or charm as its predecessor.
Young audiences may be easily fooled by its goofy caricature, gentle horror and sporadic moments of humour, but without any universal appeal older audiences can only feel like they’ve wasted their time on another Pixar pretender.
ParaNorman is derivative and feckless, yet due to its modesty and exceptional stop-motion craft it’s also completely charming. While it’s far from a monstrosity, it is also a long way short of the expected quality of contemporary animation.