If I were upset about missing ParaNorman when it was playing in theaters here in NYC in its first-run (and I was) then I'm just plain ol' angry at myself now that I have seen it, because what the hell was I thinking, missing it? I should have run head over heels towards this movie. ParaNorman is a total delight from start to finish - I absolutely adored it. It brims with life - both the living and the dead kinds. I liked it much more than Coraline, which I had a fairly muddled reaction to (after loving Gaiman's book) - there's a clearer purpose here, and a lovely little message about not allowing your fears to change who you are that seems fresh and especially timely. And the visuals! I'd be even angrier at myself if I'd missed this in 3D (it screened at MoMA last night so I did get to see it on a big screen); it's some of the best I've ever seen. The textures and the colors and the design - they're all so rich and thoughtful and inspired. I can't say enough good things about this movie. A tricky treat!
(It's out on DVD and Blu now, buy it here!)