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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.

Director:

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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,286,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,596,398
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one hour and forty minutes long, this was the longest stop-motion film, until Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). Both films were made by Laika. See more »

Goofs

Where Wybie asks Coraline to take his photo, and then hands her his camera, a flash goes off but there is no flash attached to the camera and the Leica M3 has no built in flash. 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

Partway through the credits, behind the scenes footage of the mice swirling around the portal is shown, giving a look at the process of animating in front of the blue screen. 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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Dark, Stylish, Visually Amazing .... and not really for young kids.
9 February 2009 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

First - if you see this movie, try to see the 3D version - not all presentations are in 3D. Second, know that this movie is way too dark (IMHO) for kids under 10. Not only could the visuals be too intense, but the pacing is not that of a children's show.

OK - that said, this movie is great. The strength is in three areas: visuals (scenery, characters, and little 'details'), style (this is movie is simply a work of art - a very dark and offbeat style) and emotional impact (the film visually evokes a lot of childhood feelings about growing up).

The basic setup: A little girl and her parents move into a big, mysterious old home. One night, she learns that a little door in the house opens into a passageway to a parallel world. In this world, there are alternate versions of her parents, friends and everything ... as she journeys back and forth, she learns more and more about this world ... and the story progresses from there.

If that sounds a bit too simplistic, there's more to it in the full story. Plus, it's presented in a serious and dark tone - which adds to it's mystique. The only area I can knock it is in a tame use of 3D. There are definitely some spectacular 3D parts, but the way it's used in general makes it fade into background

If you're drawn to the visual aspects of movies, then this is must-see movie for 2009.


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