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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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Stars: Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Mariska Hargitay
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Coraline Jones (voice)
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The Cat (voice)
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Aankha Neal ...
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Ghost Boy (voice)
Hannah Kaiser ...
Tall Ghost Girl (voice)
Harry Selick ...
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Magic Dragonfly (voice) (as Emerson Hatcher)
Jerome Ranft ...
Mover (voice)
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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6 February 2009 (USA)  »

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Coraline y la puerta secreta  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,427,244 (UK) (8 May 2009)

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£7,244,992 (UK) (26 June 2009)
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The on-screen snow was made from superglue and baking soda. See more »

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When Coraline first meets the Other Father in the study and is playing his piano, he sings Coraline a song. Notice the red record player in the background is facing Coraline. But when he sings "She's a doll", it is now facing the wall. See more »

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

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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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Very enjoyable fantasy with superb animation
7 February 2009 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Henry Selick's "Coraline" is a smart adaptation of Neil Gaiman's extremely popular award-winning novella. Selick's screenplay is excellent and faithful without being a carbon-copy of Gaiman's story, and Selick adds some of his own dialogue to the film, so his contribution is most certainly not only visual, and chooses which dialogue to use from the novel wisely. Less of a horror story than the novella and more of a dark fantasy, "Coraline" features a well-written and well-drawn lead character and brings the novel's bizarre world to life without compromise. The film's fantasy world grows more bizarre each time we see it, and is as discomforting as it is fun. I missed the singing rats from the novella, but this was more than compensated for by the visual splendor of the garden scene, and there are numerous other examples of the changes from the novel making total sense as Selick's vision of the story differs from Gaiman, but doesn't betray the original work of art, only compliments it. The voice cast is very good and one cannot praise the spectacular animation enough. I was very pleased with the 3D presentation here, it was very, very rarely (only once or twice) used as a 'cool effect', and overall was very tastefully used to give the visuals more depth. Perhaps the first really good film to have a wide release in 2009, and looking at the next few weeks I see more than one film I'm moderately interested in, so this might end up being a pretty good year.


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