Preview Vivid reds and blues pop from spooky ghost green goo. Country-western twangs amid plaintive sweet strings. Halloween fright is really about injustice, forgiveness, change, unexpected support.NOT just a silly cartoon, rather a hopeful message lies beneath for people, especially children, who may feel they do not belong in this "real" world. Shock plot twist is a spoiler to tell. Also in the "Extras:", we learn that heroes can grow up from unusual "Norman"-style childhood.
Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), age 11, has more friends who shimmer corpse green than ball-caps on red-necks in small tourist town Blithe Holow ("a great place to hang"), even a dog. Ghostly Gramma (Elaine Stritch) says spirits "still have stuff to figure out or died in sudden or weird way". Killed as a witch by early puritan founders three centuries before, ancestor Agatha (Jodelle Ferland) cursed everyone forever.
Bubbly teen sister cheerleader Courtney (Anna Kendrick) bounces perky blonde ponytail. Flks Brenda (Leslie Mann) and Perry (Jeff Garlin) criticize. Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), insane "stinky old bum", expires wheezing "The witches' curse is real, and you're the one who has to stop it.", before the sun sets tonight, by reading from "the book".
His deceased grandmother (Elaine Stritch) hangs (out) on the couch. Portly classmate Neil (Tucker Albrizzi- real freckled red-hair tubby) extends a hand.Norm: I like to be alone. Neil: So do I. Let's do it together. You can't stop bullying. It's part of human nature .. survival of the thickest. "You never listen. No-one ever listens. I'm scared, too, but I've still got to do this."
Neil's deltoid-heavy jock brother Mitch (Casey Affleck), oldest "not mentally", Courtney's crush, drives van for the unlikely team to flee zombies. Bully Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Fishlegs), aspiring hip-hopper, tags along at the crucial moment. "Now the geeks are in charge".
Questions: 1 Why are Norman's blue eyes octagonal?
1.0 Preliminary Animatic Sequences 3
2.0 Peering through the Veil: Behind scenes 5*
4.0 Commentary by writer/director Chris Butler, director Sam Fellfirst shot grabs, brain missing bite stamped by red stiletto sneak answer from start = sit down and talk shot from Norman's eye level - who noticed? no adult sees eye to eye with Norman 12 weeks for first walk with ghosts, added lens flare whole back story in school play rehearsal removed uncle smoking cigarettes and cigar hat, beaver holds wrench, for crew slow first act to care about people, contrast later action many nods to horror movies, uncle behind bush is Michael Myers in Halloween, I'd miss all those inspired by real and horror movies e.g. teen nudity, unusual, surface wrinkles unlike skin iconic moments from other films - Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Sam Remy-esque, John Hughes - who? van - Scooby Doo Selma phoned in own bedroom, useless help, driver 300 yr old Puritans in 21st century would be terrified, mob is character, used "Day of Locusts" goofy music, silly trombone, lighten mob severe fury shock of witch being kid needs quiet time to soak in "I'm Spartacus" (huh?) everyone on screen together Angry Aggie looks like Norman's relative deafening silence emotional climax = time to move on real reflection of one puppet in another's eyes everyone sees as Norman does, zombies turn into Puritans and vanish wrap up all loose ends return to beginning, Gran on couch with Perry making awkward effort end credits like old horror film posters 2 1/2 years work Previews: Coraline 3D Setup: Spoken - English, Espanol, Francais Subtitles - English, Espanol, Francais