In a very boring world, in a very pink house, with very odd neighbours, lives a girl named Coraline (whom everyone keeps making the mistake of calling Caroline…A perfectly ordinary name). Her parents, who write for a gardening magazine and hate dirt, are busy working and have little time and attention to give to her.
While she is exploring her new home, the pink palace, she discovers a little door that when opened has nothing but bricks behind it. When Coraline wakes in the night, and is led by mice back to the door, she discovers it is no longer just bricks…it is now a passage to an alternate dreamlike universe complete with her “other” Mother and Father. It even has it’s own “other” boy from the neighbourhood…although he’s a bit quieter than the one she met in her ordinary world.
Follow along with Coraline as she experiences things to find, sweets to eat, mouse circuses to watch and cats to talk to. Watch to see if Coraline can beat the “other” Mother at her own game. Then, as you reflect on the film you’ve just seen, be thankful that you have eyes were buttons could be.
Coraline is based on the best selling young adult novel by author Neil Gaiman. Made in the stop motion fashion, of films like Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas, the movie is visually captivating and rich with imagination. The movie progresses in a way that will make your skin crawl and cause you to jump with surprise! The visual style was absolutely amazing and added another layer to the classic story. It is a bit dark and may spook your little ones. If you are wanting to escape your own boring world I recommend Coraline as a way to do so!
Reviewed by: Rachel Nigro
Rated: [PG] Contains scary scenes and mild language
Release date: December 9th, 2009
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Teri Hatcher, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman
Length (Minutes); 96
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director; Selick, Henry
Studio: Universal Pictures Home Video