Coraline is a clever and inventive young girl, whose overworked and absent-minded parents tend to ignore her. She discovers a portal into elsewhere, with an other mother who is all too eager to please. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Luckily, Coraline's got the courage and pluck to face up to the absurdity and horror she faces on the other side. Based on Neil Gaiman's inventive modern children's classic, it's a brilliant stop-motion adaptation, comparable in depth and theme and mystery to Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.
I saw this in 3-D in theaters, and just finished watching the 3-D version of the DVD on TV - on a 42" LCD flat screen, which may account for part of why it looked so good. I was very impressed by the 3-D look - this is the first time I've seen a home version 3-D that really worked. Of course the theatrical 3-D version was the first one I'd seen that didn't feel like a gimmick. There are moments of "in your face" shock designed to surprise and impress - but what's really impressive is the immersive character of the world. It feels like a lived-in fantastic world with depth and texture - quite exciting. The music sets just the right mood. The voices are perfectly meshed with the characters - and unlike many contemporary animated films don't call attention to themselves. I never once thought "that's Dakota Fanning" or "Terri Hatcher."
While the colors seem slightly muted in the DVD's 3-D version, the depth is definitely there, and it looks nearly perfect if you watch it in the dark, as recommended. This DVD set comes with 4 3D glasses, and includes both the 2D and 3D versions of the film, plus a digital version of the film and the standard "making of" and deleted scene features. Highly recommended for parents and children whose imaginations haven't been blunted by the much less risky visions on display in most Disney and Dreamworks productions.
Yes, yes; I know there is a BOOK called Coraline that was the basis of this film. I have more time to watch a movie than to sit and read, sue me. Now that that is out of the way - Coraline follows a young girl and her parents who have moved from the city where her parents write seed catalogs (but in reality hate dirt). Coraline is bored to tears. She wanders around meeting the other eccentric residents of the … more
Coraline is in my opinion one of the best kids films of the 2000's and one of the best kids movies I have ever seen. It is made by Henry Selick, the mastermind behind Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, and is made somewhat in the style of a Tim Burton movie. The animation is simply breathtaking and the voice acting is wonderful as well. The only reason I'm not giving it a 90 or 100 is that it scared the hell out of me in the theatre, but not so much in the comfort … more
I personally enjoyed this film, though my son refused to continue watching it, just for the mere fact of the dark eeriness that surrounds it. The director, Henry Selick, is much more like Tim Burton than I expected, though I believe they've worked together in the past. However, since I enjoy Tim Burton movies, I enjoyed Coraline. However, I would not recommend it to you if you don't have a humor or artistic appreciation similar to that of Burton's because Coraline is right up that alley. … more
Neil Gaiman is known mostly for his graphic novels and a handful of Children's Literature (not to mention an adult novel or two). He's all over and has a pretty big cult following. When he began writing Coraline it was mostly just a free write. Hence, he didn't know where the story was going or what would happen next. When he was finished with it, his first thought was: Henry Selick would like this. And he had his agent send it off to Henry Selick who did, indeed, love … more
Neil Gaiman's work becomes adapted to the big screen in gorgeous stop-motion animation. This is a fantastic whimsical story about us being dissatisfied with what we have, and our desires that may tend to lead us to a darker path.
You have to feel for Henry Selick. He got somewhat of a raw deal with his directoral debut feature The Nightmare Before Christmas. Most of the credit and accolades for that film undeservedly went to Tim Burton, who actually only provided the story and some of the character designs. The style and aesthetic of that movie was assumed to be all Burton's, but, after seeing Coraline, it's clear how much was down to Selick. Coraline is a stunningly well designed movie; beautiful yet strange, … more
For the last three years, the world's oddest and most talented animators, artisans, and puppet fabricators have been hand-making LAIKA's first animated feature film, Coraline. Led by Henry Selick, the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, this team has created the first stop-motion feature shot in stereoscopic 3D. Based on the beloved best-selling children's classic by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a fairy-tale nightmere steeped in classic storytelling, craftsmanship, and the old-fashioned art of moviemaking magic. In Coraline, a young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life - a better version. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her "Other" parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home.