7.7/10
169,667
309 user 322 critic

Coraline (2009)

Trailer
2:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
Reviews
Popularity
1,093 ( 18)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Coraline Jones (voice)
... Mel Jones / Other Mother / Beldam (voice)
... Miss April Spink / Other Spink (voice)
... Miss Miriam Forcible / Other Forcible (voice)
... The Cat (voice)
... Charlie Jones / Other Father (voice)
... Wyborne 'Wybie' Lovat (voice)
... Mr. Sergei Alexander Bobinsky / Other Bobinsky (voice)
Aankha Neal ... Sweet Ghost Girl (voice)
George Selick ... Ghost Boy (voice)
Hannah Kaiser ... Tall Ghost Girl (voice)
Harry Selick ... Photo Friend (voice)
Marina Budovsky ... Photo Friend (voice)
... Magic Dragonfly (voice) (as Emerson Hatcher)
Jerome Ranft ... Mover (voice)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coraline y la puerta secreta  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original sweater the design team had designed for Coraline's father sported a big maize-and-blue University of Michigan logo. However producer Bill Mechanic decided to change the design in favor of his alma mater, Michigan State. See more »

Goofs

When the Other Father is sadly playing one key on the piano, the sound is F#, when the key he's pressing on is actually F. See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Being John Malkovich (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Nellie Jean
Performed by Kent Melton
Written by Kent Melton
Copyright (c) 2008 Kent Melton
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Coraline.
10 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

As a Neil Gaiman fan, I was, of course, very happy with the book "Coraline", and was extremely excited to hear that a movie was being made for it. I had very high expectations from director Henry Selick after seeing 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'James and the Giant Peach'.

I was not disappointed.

It followed the book surprisingly closely, though there were a few anomalies (the character of Wybie, for instance, didn't exist in the book). It had that Tim Burton-esquire feel about it; terrifying, but in an entertaining sort of way. There were one or two scenes which were a little over-the-top for younger children, but that's to be expected.

You could just tell from the opening scene alone that you were in for a treat. Hauntingly beautiful, well choreographed, and, plain and simple, a bit terrifying; it really hooked your attention and promised a good time.

However, there were two problems throughout the movie that I could spot:

One was that some scenes were a little choppy in the animation; almost like they hadn't quite taken enough pictures to make it run smoothly. Unfortunately, with stop-motion animation, this is difficult to avoid, and it isn't overly distracting anyway.

The other was Coraline's mother was a little... angry. Yes, she's supposed to be constantly frustrated and such, but I think she went a little overboard. Fortunately, Teri Hatcher redeemed herself with her portrayal of the Other Mother, which was brilliant.

Coraline earns a 9.5 out of 10.


72 of 88 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 309 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial