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So as I was saying, I went in to the fourth installment with not very high hopes. But as I was watching, I found myself enjoying the storyline and various scenes more than I have before with this franchise. The action sequences are pretty much non-stop and kept my interest. I loved the addition of Wanda Sykes (one of my favorite comedians) as Granny. This doesn't mean I think it's one of the best animated films to come out in 2012, but overall, something about this one stood out to me more than the first three and clicked with me like the others haven't.
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And I absolutely loved it! Yes, there are the obvious stereotypical characters: the bullied protagonist, the self-centered older sister, the strict father, the kind but ditzy mother, the overweight sidekick friend, etc. And when I started noticing this, I was worried I would lose interest. But I didn't. If you don't know, ParaNorman is a stop-motion animated film centered around Norman, who can see and speak to the dead.
If you get a chance, watch the making-of special features on the DVD and Blu-ray because they go really in depth into how they made this movie, all the detail and work that goes into even just one frame--it's stop-motion animation, after all. I love watching behind-the-scenes videos anyway, but I felt a whole new appreciation for filmmakers like the ones who worked on this film after that.
The stop-motion animation is what drew me in, and it certainly didn't hurt that the storyline ended up being very entertaining and humorous.