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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 3-D! 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. Critics are hailing Coraline as "A remarkable feat of imagination." (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).
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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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.
Think of it as a diorama that acts like an alternate world where specific characters exist. As such, the breadth it takes, not to mention the patience of the artists, is a phenomenal endeavor. Stop Motion photography has been around for a long time now - Gumby, TV Christmas specials such as Rudolph - but you've never seen anything like this before.
At first glance, one would associate Coraline with Tim Burton because of the design of the characters, the creepy atmosphere and the storyline but this film is actually directed by Henry Selick. I wish Selick would get more recognition - Selick also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, from a story by Burton and lots of help from Burton and yet most people would swear Burton also wore the Director's hat. Selick also directed James & The Giant Peach so it's safe to say he has perfected the craft of stop motion with a spectacular team of artists, of course.
The film is based on a book by Neil Gaiman and although it's faithful in tone and theme. The one major addition to the film is a character named Wybie - a sidekick of sorts to Coraline. Formats between books and films are different and some theories regarding this addition range between making the film longer to allowing Coraline (independent in spirit) to team up and rid the world of the witch (Other Mother).
The story is beautiful and I personally recommend it to any parent with kids, more so any parents of girls because Coraline is a positive role model embodying strength. She pushes on through challenges becoming self-reliant and reaching maturity. And can you believe she does it all without breaking into song and dance??? Ha ha, okay - there is one character that breaks into song but it isn't Coraline.
Regarding the creepy and horror factors - it's easy to slip into the magical world and believe this domain to be real. If your child is that impressionable and cannot differentiate reality from fantasy, then I suggest a viewing when they're older. Having said that, kids are resilient and this is no more violent than the average action film kids are exposed to - there are no gun shootings, nobody explodes, no one falls into the engine of an airplane, etc. etc. If anything, Coraline facilitates an opportunity to have a discussion afterwards about the complications of growing up - if you want to turn Friday night into a lecture.
The actors all turn in great performances and the music perfectly captures the many moods of the film. I watched the film in 3D at the theaters and although the colors were a bit muted, the 3d effect was dazzling! I can't comment on whether the home 3d effect is on par but the good news is that the 2D version stands on its own.
If you liked The Nightmare Before Christmas, you will definitely enjoy Coraline. I also recommend the film ParaNorman and look forward to Selick's new film The Shadow King. Be on the look out for it! :)
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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