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Coraline (2009)

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An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

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Henry Selick

Writers:

Henry Selick (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Fanning ... Coraline Jones (voice)
Teri Hatcher ... Mel Jones / Other Mother / Beldam (voice)
Jennifer Saunders ... Miss April Spink / Other Spink (voice)
Dawn French ... Miss Miriam Forcible / Other Forcible (voice)
Keith David ... The Cat (voice)
John Hodgman ... Charlie Jones / Other Father (voice)
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Wyborne 'Wybie' Lovat (voice)
Ian McShane ... Mr. Sergei Alexander Bobinsky / Other Bobinsky (voice)
Aankha Neal Aankha Neal ... Sweet Ghost Girl (voice)
George Selick George Selick ... Ghost Boy (voice)
Hannah Kaiser Hannah Kaiser ... Tall Ghost Girl (voice)
Harry Selick Harry Selick ... Photo Friend (voice)
Marina Budovsky Marina Budovsky ... Photo Friend (voice)
Emerson Tenney ... Magic Dragonfly (voice) (as Emerson Hatcher)
Jerome Ranft 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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An Adventure too Weird for Words 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coraline y la puerta secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,849,646, 8 February 2009

Gross USA:

$75,286,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,596,398
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The wallpaper in Coraline's living room has a bug pattern on it. Bugs symbolizing the other mother's prey. See more »

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When Other Father starts playing the piano, the piano gloves go on his hands while he is facing Coraline. After he turns around, the gloves switch hands. 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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Exceptional, but probably not for younger viewers
7 March 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

CORALINE is an exceptional movie and I really have to admire the folks who made it. However, I should point out that this is NOT a movie for younger viewers because the movie is basically like walking into a nightmare. I think I'd be very hesitant to take a child younger than 10 to see it--it is that dark and scary.

When the film begins, you are blown away by the amazing stop-motion film work. I assumed it must have been computer generated, but amazingly the film was made using models and figures with interchangeable features. It is many generations beyond the old Rankin-Bass animation or even "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (also by the folks who brought us CORALINE). The artistry was amazing and so many little details and touches made the film look magical. In addition, I found a theater where it was shown in 3-D and I really think it's well worth the extra money to get the three dimensional experience because it was flawless.

The story is about a young girl who is unhappy. Her family just moved into a weird old Victorian era home but the parents are so busy with their job that they don't have much time for poor Coraline. Later, however, Coraline discovers an alternate world--one where everything looks a lot like the real world but seems perfect--so perfect that she'd rather live there. However, being a scary story, things of course aren't as they seem and this leads to a confrontation that could spell doom for the girl and her parents.

Excellent all around and I have no serious complaints. A very good film for older kids, teens and adults....but not little kids, as the film will probably scare them out of their wits. Don't let the PG rating fool you--this is NOT like a Disney or Nickelodeon film but more like an even more intensely dark Roald Dahl story done in stop-motion. Neil Gaiman is the author of this tale and my daughter read his story and the film and although they were different here and there (the film adds Wybie, for example), she said both were equally wonderful.


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