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Coraline (2009)

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

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

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,849,646, 8 February 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,286,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,596,398
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Miss April Spink physically resembles Dawn French and Miss Miriam Forcible resembles Jennifer Saunders. This is the reverse of the actual voices cast. See more »

Goofs

When Coraline firsts sees her father, she places the Coraline doll down on a box. In the shot, the Coraline doll's arm is hanging over the edge, but in the next shot, the doll's arm is by its side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Coraline Jones: [after hearing a creature while exploring the hills] Hello? Who's there?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Aliens (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreaming
Performed by Bruno Coulais, The Children's Choir of Nice, and Teri Hatcher
Written by Bruno Coulais
Copyright (c) 2008 Bruno Coulais
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A masterpiece

"Coraline" is simply one of the best animated films ever made: The plots is brilliantly developed, the animation is detailed and beautiful to look at, the characters are fascinating and interesting, and the world created by Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick it's simply captivating, but mysterious and dangerous and well.

Clearly influenced by "Alice in Wonderland", "Coraline" is charming and macabre at the same time: At first "The Other World" seems like a dream come true, but there is also a constant sense of danger in the air.

Dakota Fanning makes a great work as the main character, and Teri Hatcher is flawless in her role of the Mother (And the Other Mother as well) of Coraline, not to mention the excellent performance of Keith David as the cat.

"Coraline" is one of the best movies of the recent years, and it is the best movie of Henry Selick as director since "The Nightmare before Christmas."


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