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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 »


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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:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The band They Might Be Giants wrote 10 songs for the movie, but a change in tone from a musical to a darker production meant that all but two was cut; one during a scene in which Coraline's other father sings along with a piano features John Linnell's voice and one being the end credits. The band has said they will release the other songs created for the movie in other projects, including albums. See more »

Goofs

Just after Coraline has found the secret door, she yells out to her mum to come and unlock it but refuses. In the next two shots, the coffee mugs changes positions so that the audience can see it. 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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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 »

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Soundtracks

Other Father Song
Written and Performed by They Might Be Giants
Published by TMBG Music
Copyright (c) 2008
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An Instant Classic
5 February 2009 | by treadwaywritesSee all my reviews

Feisty eleven-year-old Coraline walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality. That reality is sort of similar to the life she already knows yet deeply unsettling in a number of ways. Coraline (voice of Dakota Fanning) begins a journey of adventure and self discovery when her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) relocate the family to Oregon from Michigan. No one in this new space has time for her so she spends her time exploring her new neighborhood with an talkative local boy named Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.). After discovering the odd neighbors all of whom are true characters, she is still bored somehow.

All of this immense undertaking is courtesy writer and director Henry Selick, director of Nightmare Before Christmas, and the well crafted adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-selling children's novel. To Selick's credit this is the first 3D stop motion ever made; stereoscopic 3D. Selick himself worked on the film for three years. The style is stunning and the story is an unwavering fairy-tale nightmare that has some genuinely scary moments. is a masterful movie and an exciting tale of mystery and imagination.

In the rotting nooks and crannies of Coraline's new home the real story begins and where she discovers a hidden doorway behind the wallpaper. Inside is her alternate space where there are doubles of her distracted parents now lavish loving attention on Coraline, the oddball neighbors are friendlier, and her pesky friend long longer speaks. Only her parents' eyes now black buttons give a clue that something isn't quite right.

Selick has created a world as much for adults as children as there are references dotted throughout that the young won't understand. The imagery, however, is very child like. Both talents live side by side and bodes well for Selick's previous work in Nightmare before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and even Monkeybone. His work has always been fascinating. Gaiman is to be credited with the story for sure, but this is Selick through and through. This film is sure to become an instant classic and as well executed as this movie is it should be.


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