ParaNorman script
ParaNorman (2012)
Synopsis: Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead -- and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch's curse on their town is real and about to come true -- and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

NORMAN:

Dad? Grandma says, “Can you turn

up the heating?” Her feet are

cold.

The bubble Courtney is blowing POPS against her face,

Perry rolls his eyes and GROANS, and Sandra pales.

SANDRA BABCOCK:

Now, Perry...

PERRY BABCOCK:

How many times do we have to go

through this, Son? Your

grandmother is dead!

NORMAN:

I know!

PERRY BABCOCK:

Then why do you keep on talking to

her?

NORMAN:

Because she talks back!

COURTNEY:

O-M-G, you are such a liar!

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3 CONTINUED:
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NORMAN:

I’m not making this up! I swear!

She talks to me all the time!

COURTNEY:

Oh yeah? Prove it!

Norman levels her a look that says “you asked for this”.

NORMAN:

She said it’s not very ladylike to

hide photos of the High School

quarterback with his shirt off in

your underwear drawer.

Sandra and Perry raise their eyebrows.

COURTNEY:

I knew it! You’ve been sneaking

around in my personal stuff!

NORMAN:

No I haven’t! Grandma told me!

COURTNEY:

You are the worst!

Courtney, brimming with outrage, storms out of the

kitchen, her ponytail wagging furiously behind her.

Sandra kneels down beside Norman with a wearily

sympathetic smile.

SANDRA BABCOCK:

Norman, I know you and Grandma

were very close, but we all have

to move on. Grandma’s in a better

place now.

NORMAN:

No she’s not, she’s in the living

room.

Perry throws his arms in the air, swaying on the chair.

PERRY BABCOCK:

Your grandmother was old and sick,

and she died. That’s all there is

to it!

SANDRA BABCOCK:

Perry, this is just part of the

mourning process.

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3 CONTINUED:
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PERRY BABCOCK:

Stop indulging him! I’m nothing if

I’m not liberal, but that limpwristed,

hippie garbage needs tobe nipped in the bud!

Norman SIGHS and steps between his parents as they argue.

He mutely heads out of the room.

4 EXT. BABCOCK’S HOUSE, FRONT YARD - CONTINUOUS 4

The argument in the kitchen continues, slightly muted.

PERRY BABCOCK (O.S.)

This behavior might be okay with

your side of the family, but I’m

not putting up with it anymore!

Not me!

SANDRA BABCOCK (O.S.)

Oh, not this again!

PAN UP to find a light go on in Norman’s bedroom window.

5 INT. BABCOCK’S HOUSE, NORMAN’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 5

Norman sits on his bed, using a couple of zombie actionfigures to act out his parents’ ongoing “discussion”

which carries upstairs.

Norman gets up off the bed and approaches the door.

PERRY BABCOCK:

This isn’t the West Coast, Sandra;

people talk! They do!

SANDRA BABCOCK (O.S.)

He’s just sensitive, Perry.

PERRY BABCOCK (O.S.)

Oh please, “sensitive” is writing

poetry and being lousy at teamsports... not this! I won’t have

him turn out like that uncle of

yours! If that crazy old tramp hasbeen around here putting ideas inNorman’s head...

SANDRA BABCOCK (O.S.)

Perry, no one’s had anything to do

with Uncle Prenderghast in years!

I bet he doesn’t even know what

Norman looks like!

Norman quietly closes the door, and the room goes black.

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Chris Butler

CHRIS BUTLER lives in Brighton & Hove, on the south coast of England. He is the author of ANY TIME NOW and THE FLIGHT OF THE RAVENS. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s and Interzone, as well as The Best British Fantasy 2014. more…

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