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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Coraline can be found here.

Coraline is a 2002 fantasy/horror novella by British author Neil Gaiman. The novella was adapted for the movie by American writer and director Henry Selick.

No. The director of both Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) was Henry Selick. (The tag line refers to him.) It is often assumed, since Nightmare is sometimes referred to as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, that Burton directed that film. While Tim Burton co-wrote and produced Nightmare, he had nothing to do with Coraline.

Coraline is an 11-year-old girl (see image here) who lives with her loving but inattentive parents. Similar to the children in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia or L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, to which Coraline is often compared, she finds a secret entrance that leads her to another world in which she finds an alternate mother who is dotingly attentive.

Beldam (or belle dame) is French for beautiful lady. Belle dame usually translates literally, whereas beldam is used to describe either an old witch or a hag.

Wybie was created as a character that Coraline could converse with. Throughout the story, most of the people around Coraline do not pay much attention to her or respond to what she says. Wybie is there so that Coraline doesn't sound like she's talking to herself all the time. In an interview, Gaiman states that the two other alternatives to having a character like Wybie would be to have Coraline break the fourth wall and talk to the audience or to have her act as a narrator to the story.

This was part of a promotional contest for the film. Nike made several special edition "Coraline Dunks", which could be won through a contest on the website for Coraline. "Jerk Wad" was the code word for entering the contest. Pictures of the sneakers and the box they came in can be seen here.

No. The system in place on the DVD is going to use the purple & green lens 3D glasses. The 3D system in place in movie theaters has not yet been translated to home viewing.


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