ParaNorman

(PG) ★★★☆☆

The latest film to employ stereoscopic 3-D stop-motion animation happens to be one of the summer’s most enjoyable. In the Salem, Mass.-styled town of Blithe Hollow, young Norman has the Sixth Sense problem: He sees dead people. One of his ghosts, Mr. Prenderghast, is desperate to share a secret involving the town’s witch curse. There’s a zombie invasion as Norman and his band of misfits race to solve the riddle and save the town, all the while the filmmaking choices work.

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