This American 3D animated comedy horror family film, produced by Laika, tells a story about a boy named Norman Badcock, who is able to speak with the dead in the small town of Blithe Hollow, Massachusetts. The movie received largely positive critical response, and was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The consensus of review aggregator “Rotten Tomatoes” reads, “Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain and frighten older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents."
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This American musical fantasy film, directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton, tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from “Halloween Town” who opens a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the holiday. Danny Elfman wrote the film score, and the movie went on to receive over-whelmingly positive reviews from critics, like Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calling it "a restoration of originality and daring to the Halloween genre". And "It’s 74 minutes of timeless movie magic."
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
This animated feature, produced by Walt Disney Productions, is composed of two segments, based on the stories “Wind in the Willows” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has received particular praise for being both effectively scary, but still suitable for children and families. And M. Faust of Common Sense Media gave the film five out of five stars, writing, “Two classic stories told in the best Disney style".
This American 3D animated comedy-horror film, directed by Tim Burton, is a parody and a homage to the 1931 film “Frankenstein”. In it, a boy named Victor loses his dog, Sparky, and uses the power of science to resurrect him. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, it won the 2012 Saturn Award for Best Animated Film, and the “Rotten Tomatoes” consensus about it reads “Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story."
This American 3D computer-animated fantasy comedy film, directed by Genndy Tartakovshy, tells a story of Dracula, owner of Hotel Transylvania, where the world’s monsters can take a rest from human civilization. The movie received mixed reviews on opening with some saying it was more for kids only, but IGN editor Geoff Chapman gave it a rating of 9 out of 10, saying "This is a fun film, full of quirky gags and lovable characters" and "It’s a romp that kids and families will all enjoy. Hotel Transylvania is definitely somewhere you’ll want to check in."