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Coraline (movie)

A 2009 stop motion animated fantasy film directed by Henry Selick.

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  • May 2, 2011
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Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch is easily the best Disney movie of the early 2000's. I'm terribly ill again and I watched this when my mom dug out some old VHS tapes. I absolutely adored this movie as a child and I still adore this today. It is a super-fun super entertaining movie that will please people young and old and has the same timeless feel that all great Disney movies has. It also features cool memorable characters, great animation, and a powerful underlying message about family.

Lilo & Stitch takes place in Hawaii, where a young misfit girl named Lilo lives with her sister Nani. They are in trouble with the social worker and Nani needs to fix her parenting methods in three days or Lilo will be taken away. Lilo adopts a puppy that seems to be just an innocent puppy, but is actually the mischievous alien Experiment 626 (AKA Stitch). Stitch takes Hawaii by storm and is targeted for recapture by Jumba, the scientist who created him, and Pleakley, the galactic expert on Earth. The rest of the movie is a chase movie with an intergalactic twist and a powerful message about family.

The film has wonderful memorable characters, like most disney classics do, and they are all hilarious. There's Lilo and Nani of course, but the aliens are probably much funnier than them. First of all, there's Jumba and Pleakley, who are easily the most amusing characters in the movie. I suppose it helps that Pleakley is voiced by Kevin MacDonald, of Kids in the Hall fame (for those of you who don't know what Kids in the Hall is, it's an epic canadian comedy series and everyone should watch it). There's also Cobra Bubbles, the social worker and he's incredibly hilarious, just for his straight-man ness. All in all, I was fully invested in the characters and they made me laugh for the entire movie.

The film features some wonderful animation like all Disney movies do. However, there isn't really much else to say about that, so we'll move on to the story itself. The premise of the movie is wonderful, and Disney hadn't done aliens before this movie. Well, they've done aliens now and that's fantastic and probably what made kids, both boys and girls, love this movie so much. The script was also kinda funny, but nothing really spectacular. The movie spawned some sequels and a TV show, but I've only seen the TV show and that was pretty good. All in all, a good story that made for a great movie.

The film features the line "Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten", and that's pretty much the theme of the movie. Lilo and Nani have the subplot with the social worker because Nani became Lilo's legal guardian when their parents passed away in a car accident (or so the movie suggests). It is also the theme for the transformation of Stitch because he receives unconditional love from Lilo when Jumba had just created him to destroy. Needless to say, this film eplores themes that make it just a tad bit edgier than normal Disney fare and make it a powerful movie that's just as entertaining as it is emotionally resonant.

Lilo and Stitch is another great Disney classic that can be shared across the years with many generations. It is definitely a must-see for everyone and is a splendidly entertaining, emotionally resonant, full of memorable characters, beautifully animated, and great for all ages. Hopefully I;ll get to watch more movies and write more reviews today, but illness for me now means 5 day weekend, so you can expect more reviews coming soon. All in all, see this movie, you won't be disappointed.

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review by . March 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   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 …
review by . January 22, 2011
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 …
review by . July 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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.   …
review by . April 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
Quick Tip by . January 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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.
review by . May 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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, …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Great moral to this one! And it's not just for kids. It can be enjoyed by adults, too.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A huge breath of fresh air; gorgeous cinematography and reminder to cherish the things we already have. "Be careful what you wish for."
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Coraline was just so cute and mysterious at the same time... loved it
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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A very interesting animated film, one of my favorites. I suggest watching it with as many people as possible
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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.
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Director: Henry Selick
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: February 06, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Henry Selick
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios, LAIKA
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