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Coraline (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Fantasy  |  6 February 2009 (USA)
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An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coraline Jones (voice)
The Cat (voice)
Aankha Neal ...
George Selick ...
Ghost Boy (voice)
Hannah Kaiser ...
Tall Ghost Girl (voice)
Harry Selick ...
Photo Friend (voice)
Marina Budovsky ...
Photo Friend (voice)
Magic Dragonfly (voice) (as Emerson Hatcher)
Jerome Ranft ...
Mover (voice)


When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Adventure too Weird for Words See more »


Animation | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coraline y la puerta secreta  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,849,646 (USA) (6 February 2009)


£7,244,992 (UK) (26 June 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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The character Wybie Lovat is not in Neil Gaiman's novel. He was created so Coraline would not have to talk to herself and so she would have a friend her own age. See more »


Coraline's puppet has its legs extremely thin in the beginning of the movie, but when Coraline goes to Bobinsky's house to deliver his cheese the puppet's legs are thick and apparently "normal". See more »


[first lines]
Coraline Jones: [after hearing a creature while exploring the hills] Hello? Who's there?
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After the credits there is a short part where some jumping mice spin in a circle as previously done then they seem to unravel. See more »


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Performed by Bruno Coulais, The Children's Choir of Nice, and Teri Hatcher
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Another New Standard In Artwork
1 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, it's happened again: another animated movie that can I describe "the greatest-looking animation I've ever seen!" (This has happened several times now in the past few years, and especially when them available on a stunning Blu-Ray disc transfer).

You literally have to see this animation to believe it.....and I'm talking about the 2-D, not the 3-D (which is not even in the same ballpark.) Forget the 3-D glasses and watch this as you would any other movie....and get the Blu-Ray, if you can. You'll be extremely impressed at the colors and detail, and just plain blown away by it all.

Not only to the colors and detail dazzle, but the inventiveness here is really fun to watch and items change from one form or color to another. It reminded me of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" but with more sophisticated art.....but the same cleverness.

To me, all of this made the story almost secondary but the latter is very interesting, too. The story is unique; quite different, with a good message getting everything you want not always being as attractive as that sounds. Once "Coraline" meets here "other" parents, you'll really get hooked into this strange story filled with weird images and characters.

I only wish the Coraline had been a little bit nicer kid since it's easier to root for someone when they're likable but the story should keep you guessing and in suspense. That made the last half of the film very easy to get engrossed in because so many bizarre things happen here, you don't know how it's all going to end. Thus, I found myself not being concerned about her personality flaws. The minor characters in this story, by the way: such as "Mr. Bobinsky," "Miss Forcible" and "Miss Spink" - are a real hoot.

I'd say this film is more for adults than kid, especially if one appreciates great artwork and creativity.

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