As covetous children are often warned: 'Be careful what you wish for'. It's this very cautionary wisdom that sets the stage for Henry Selick's Coraline, an eerily eye-popping stop-motion animation tale of fractured dreams and families made whole. As the films opens, Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have moved into the Pink Palace, a once-vibrant boarding house that's turned drab and dilapidated. As her parents work feverishly on a new gardening catalog, the bored and belligerent Coraline is admonished to explore her new world's possibilities. Along the way she meets her fellow tenants, including two aging English showgirls and a mouse-training Russian acrobat, as well as an outcast neighbourhood boy named Wybie. But it is a mysterious hidden door that most piques Coraline's interest - a gateway to a parallel world where her 'other' parents and neighbours live only to see Coraline well fed and endlessly entertained. All is not cakes and carnivals for Coraline, though, and the black buttons that have replaced the eyes of these otherworldly imitations hint at darker intentions. When these intentions are revealed, Cora and a friendly magical cat use their wits and willpower to defeat Coraline's wicked 'other mother' and restore balance in the real world.
Based on Neil Gaiman's beloved children's novel, director Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) uses the stop-motion technique to bring Coraline to life with amazing visual and emotional depth. The result is a frightfully magical adventure that will give the whole family plenty to shriek, cheer, and talk about.
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a great all round family film. Delivered in quick time!
We had been asking our 10 year old for ages if he wanted to watch this film before he suddenly decided he wanted to, probably due to play ground whispers about how good it is . Its not your usual happy go lucky kids movie and is dark and spooky. That all said this is a clever movie, it has a fantastic music score, brilliant animation and a captivating story line. I think the fact that it is spooky that gives it an edge. I can see why some sensative children would be freaked by it a little but generally this is an excellent film, the only reason i didnt give it a full 5 stars is that its not for all youngsters.
This is a great looking film. The visuals make the film worth watching alone. Coupled with the fact that the storyline is excellent, and is particularly well voiced and written, the film creates an atmosphere that draws you in and makes you want to watch it again and again.
I read the book first and would heartily reccomend that as a read. Its by Dave Gaiman and is a real old fashioned fairy tale - charming to kids, scary to adults. The film had a lot to live up to and it very nearly does, it's very much in the style of Tim Burton, stop start animation, all gothic looks and styling. If you like Tim Burton / creepy animation / a wildly inventive story line then this is the product for you. Probably not advisable for really small kids as it's a bit too scary for under sixes.
Great film for all, looks amazing on both BLu-ray in my front room and on the Kid's DVD player. Went to friends and they had 3D version, but the clolours looked really washed out. stick with 2D :-)