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From the Director of The Nightmare Before Christmas comes a visually stunning stop-motion animated feature - the first to be originally filmed in 3D! Discover how the filmmakers and artisans created the magical handmade world of Coraline, exclusively in this 2-Disc Collector's Edition! Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door that leads her into a world that's just like her own…but better! But when this fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her "other" Mother tries to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness and bravery to get home. Coraline is "A visual marvel." (Claudia Puig, USA TODAY).
A dark and creepy film about family relationships directed by Henry Selick of Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach fame, Coraline is based on the haunting book Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The first stop-motion feature shot in stereoscopic 3-D, Coraline features big-headed, stick-bodied animated characters with huge eyes and demonic grins set against menacing backgrounds and an undercurrent of spooky music. Coraline is a teenager who has just moved to an old house in the middle of nowhere with her writer parents and she is bored, bored, bored. Her only companions are an annoyingly talkative boy Wybie (short for Why Born), some eccentric neighbors from the theater and circus, and a strange, button-eyed doll with a marked resemblance to Coraline which Wybie found in an old trunk of his grandmother's. When Coraline finds an old door hidden behind an armoire and papered over with wallpaper, she convinces her mother to unlock it, only to find a wall of bricks. When Coraline revisits the door later that night, the bricks magically disappear and she discovers a strange pathway to another world where everything is just what she wishes for. In stark contrast to the real world where Coraline's parents just don't have time for her, her "Other Mother" and "Other Father" in this alternate world are the perfect loving, attentive parents who anticipate her every need and desire. Initially comforted and quite happy in this new world, suspicion that things may not be quite as they seem grows inside Coraline and her disquiet is furthered by the mute "Other Wybie" and a strange-talking cat that seems to move between both worlds. Eventually, Coraline discovers some dark secrets about her "other parents" and the seemingly perfect "other world," but it may be too late for her to escape back to the real world. Teri Hatcher is especially effective in her dual (voice) role as Mom and "Other Mom" and Dakota Fanning also gives a great performance as Coraline. Coraline is a disturbing, intriguing film that both captivates and frightens. (Ages 11 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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As for the storyline, The main character Coraline Jones is bored and poking around exploring in her new home and she finds a secret door that leads her into a world/home that's almost exactly like her own…but better and/or spookier! But in this fantastical adventure she finds herself in danger, and her "other" Mother in this new 'world / house' tries to keep her there forever, So then Coraline does everything she can to return to her real home. To accomplish this she has the help of a neighbor friend / boy that gives her support and guidance in finding her way back. I Don't want to add much more as I don't want to spoil any of this fantastic movie.
I will add that if you have never seen this movie then you are in for a fantastic treat and if you are on the fence about whether you should by it or not, I suggest doing so as you will not regret doing so one bit! And if you have a 3D TV that does a good job at rendering 3D then make sure you choose the 3D version as viewing this in 3D is absolutely stunning!
Coraline is a blend of fairy tale, Twilight Zone weirdness and David Cronenburg style horror. It is a well crafted, psychological tale pieced together from Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and The Naked Lunch. Technically, it is marvelous. The stop motion animation and models are nothing short of astounding.
I'm sure that every reviewer warns that this movie isn't for all kids. There is little violence and no gore, but this is a movie that rather shockingly attacks children's most basic fears. What happens to Coraline's Dad (sort of) is really awful. In fact, it reminds me of Videodrome, for those in the know.
Coraline also deftly uses adult horror tropes like needles, psychosexual imagery and eye horror. Maybe I'm off here, but my guess is that small children will be horrified, but not really know exactly why. This is a movie that is a big step up from Monster House and Nightmare Before Christmas, intensitywise. I personally would show this to some ten year olds, but no one younger. Be aware.
For everyone else, this is a visually arresting, engaging movie. It is big on wows and a little short on plot, but all together a very fun and unique experience. Buy this movie for your niece who is into Chvrches and Creepypasta.
I bought it new. It arrived very quickly but when the DVD arrived to my house, the disc would move around the inside of the case and was difficult to get to stay in place after putting it back. It doesn't seem like anything is broken on the inside, so I don't know if that's the fault of the seller or just sub-par DVD case design. That honestly doesn't ruin the experience for me, but I buy my DVDs new to avoid getting a scratched up disc and it not staying in place in it's case makes it more likely to get scratched.
Either way, I would recommend the film for those who are interested in this kind of thing.
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Cons: None, may be a little too scary for the younger ones around 6 or 7yo