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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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Be careful what you wish for. See more »

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  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$75,280,058 (USA) (26 June 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The depth of the old well (calculated from Coraline's pebble drop) is about 116.8 meters (381 feet). See more »


When Coraline first looks at the picture frame next to her bed, the "3" from "at 7:30" is missing and "Coraline" is spelled "Coral1n3" on the depicted sign. In the next shot, when she holds the frame in her hands, it says "7:30" and "Coral1ne". See more »


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

The name "Coraline" seems to be a fairly unusual name, however, there is a "Coraline Tassy" belonging to the Nice Children's Choir mentioned in the credits. See more »


References Being John Malkovich (1999) See more »


Other Father Song
Written and Performed by They Might Be Giants
Published by TMBG Music
Copyright (c) 2008
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User Reviews

Wonderfully imaginative animation; a visual masterpiece
26 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Henry Selick, the director of " The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "James and the Giant Peach", once again takes us to a world full of imagery and wonder...but this time...some of it is actually frightening. It was filled with such magic and enchantment that I completely forgot that it was a dark tale..until the occasional scares filled the air. It has some highly fun and amusing characters in it also, and that is the strongest thing of the movie. After viewing it, I came to the conclusion it was basically an "Alice in Wonderland" tale (girl entering new and strange world, plus the cat that talks makes it obvious) but this world has a dark twist. Filled with a great cast and terrific visionary, I feel this movie is fun for all ages (who says kiddos shouldn't be scared?)

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