Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: ParaNorman

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 27, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98, Blu-ray 3D $49.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

ParaNormanAn animated mix of Medium and The Walking Dead for kids, ParaNorman is a spooky family film.

The story follows Norman Babcock, voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, who knows a bit about spooky having played friend-to-vampires Owen in Let Me In. Despite his unbelieving parents, Norman sees ghosts, which also makes him an outcast to everyone except candy-loving Neil (Tucker Albrizzi, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked).

Norman’s uncle tells him that a horrible curse is going to be struck on their town that night then dies, leaving Norman to stop the curse before zombies take over.

Casey Affleck (Good Will Hunting), Leslie Mann (The Change-Up) and Jeff Garlin (TV’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) also voice characters in the movie, which was animated by stop motion.

Critics applauded the film, which is the first feature co-directed and written by Chris Butler, storyboard artist for stop-motion-animated movies Corpse Bride and Coraline. Co-director Sam Fell directed Flushed Away and The Tale of Despereaux.

But ParaNorman didn’t exactly sing at the box office. The film earned $54 million, less than Coraline‘s $75 million back in 2009 and less than the other spooky 2012 animated film, Hotel Transylvania, which grossed almost ParaNorman‘s full earnings in just its first week.

All disc versions of the PG-rated movie come with these special features:

  • “Preliminary Animatic Sequences” with commentary by Butler and Fell
  • featurette “Peering Through the Veil” about the creation of the ParaNorman world and characters
  • seven short featurettes about Norman and his co-stars
  • commentary with Fell and Butler.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack also include:

  • instant streaming of the movie through UltraViolet
  • downloadable digital copy
  • BD-Live
  • Pocket Blu app, which allows smart phones to interact with the Blu-ray
  • uHear, which helps viewers to not miss any dialog.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.