Director(s): Chris Butler, Sam Fell. Voices: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, John Goodman. 93 min. Rated PG. Animation/Horror/Comedy.
In a smart twist on The Sixth Sense, a boy who sees ghosts, discovers he's the only one to save his hometown from a curse placed by a witch burned at the stake 300 years ago. Made in eye-popping 3D animation, the film carries a valuable message for kids about the evils of bullying, but I was amazed that such an intense cartoon would be directed toward children (and receive a PG rating in the process): some scenes would've the scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. Maybe today's children are tougher, but I wouldn't take that risk.