ParaNorman

2016
  |  Buy to Own: 30/11/2016
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of four animated adventures. In 'Coraline' (2009), after moving into her new home with her work-fixated parents, Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) teams up with new friend Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.) to explore the neighbourhood. Deciding it's just as dull as she thought, she turns her attentions to her own house, where, after following a button-eyed mouse, she stumbles upon a hidden door. Crawling through the passage beyond, Coraline emerges into an eerie, parallel version of her own world. Initially bewitched by her strange new surroundings, where everything seems to revolve around her, Coraline soon has to fight tooth and nail to return home when her new mother (Teri Hatcher) tries to force her to stay. In 'ParaNorman' (2012), Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is ostracised by his family and bullied at school because of his odd behaviour. What none of them know is that he is in continuous dialogue with the ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies that prowl his neighbourhood unseen. However, when the town comes under threat from a centuries-old curse, it is up to Norman to save the day. The film also features the voice talents of John Goodman, Casey Affleck and Anna Kendrick. In 'The Boxtrolls' (2014), below the streets of Cheesebridge live the Boxtrolls, a community of cave-dwelling and cardboard box-wearing creatures, who are believed to pose a threat to the citizens of the town and their children. However, in truth, they really pose no such threat and have even raised an orphaned boy, Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), as one of their own. Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a local pest exterminator, hatches a plan to get rid of the Boxtrolls for good as a means of securing his place within the town's cheese-loving elite. When the Boxtrolls hear of Archibald's plan it then falls to Eggs to save the day, since he is the only member of the group who can remain undetected on the city streets. He ventures above ground and soon befriends local rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning), who agrees to help Eggs save his adopted family from extinction. Finally, 'Kubo and the Two Strings' (2016) follows Kubo (Art Parkinson), a kind-hearted young boy caring for his mother in a peaceful Japanese seaside town. Kubo's relatively sheltered life changes forever when he accidentally summons an evil spirit from the past, which storms his home to enforce an age-old vendetta. Forced to flee, Kubo teams up with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to begin an epic quest to save his family and unravel the mystery surrounding his father, a fallen samurai master. With the help of his new companions, Kubo is able to master the untold power behind his mother's mystical stringed instrument and his father's legendary suit of armour. Now, with the magic of Kubo's family driving them forward, the trio do battle against ferocious monsters and vengeful gods in order to fulfil their heroic destinies.

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