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Coraline (2009)

aka Coraline

"Be careful what you wish for."

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Details: 100 mins · English, Russian · PG (USA)


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I never finished reading the book because it creeped me out when I was younger, but now I love Neil Gaiman's work. Still haven't read the book though.
However, I really enjoyed the movie. The animation was well done and cute while the tone was very consistent. I thought the pacing was well done and the story enjoyable with a good message at the end.
Though, it was not as great as I thought it was going to be. Creepy and good, but not great, and for the life of me, I don't know why. Maybe the climax did not have enough oompf for me, but watch it and decide for yourself. No matter what, you will not be disappointed for spending the time to watch this tasty treat of a movie.

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Small Other Mother
Small Mother / Other Mother (voice)
Small Miss Spink (voice)
Small Miss Forcible (voice)
Small Cat (voice)
Small Father / Other Father (voice)
No_movie_poster Wyborne 'Wybie' Lovat
Small Mr. Sergei Alexander Bobinsky / Other Bobinsky
Small Beldam
No_movie_poster Mover
Small Coraline Jones (voice)
Small Mel Jones
Small Charlie Jones


Small Neil Gaiman Screenplay
Small Henry Selick Director
Small Henry Selick Production
Small Henry Selick Writer
Small Neil Gaiman Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Ronald Sanders Editing


"Be careful what you wish for."

"An Adventure too Weird for Words"

"Oh. My. Gosh."


Coraline Jones moves with her mother and father from her comfortable life in Pontiac, Michigan to the Pink Palace, a dilapidated three-bedroom apartment building in Ashland, Oregon, which is also occupied by retired actresses Misses Spink and Forcible, and odd Russian acrobat Mr. Bobinsky. With her parents perpetually working on a gardening catalog and paying little attention to her, Coraline feels neglected and decides to explore their new home, befriending Wybie Lovat, the grandson of the apartments' landlady. While exploring, Coraline finds a small door sealed off by a brick wall. That night, Coraline is awakened by a mouse and follows it to the small door where she discovers a long, dark corridor in the brick wall's place. Coraline goes through it and finds herself in the Other World, a fantastical parallel version of the Pink Palace inhabited by doppelgangers of her parents called the Other Mother and Other Father, who have black buttons for eyes. These beings prove to be warmer and more attentive than Coraline's real parents, particularly the Other Mother, who does everything she can to impress Coraline. Coraline decides to stay the night at the Other World, but when she wakes the next morning, she finds herself in her old world.

Despite warnings of danger from her neighbors, Coraline continues to go to the Other World at night to escape from the doldrums of her real life and is entertained by button-eyed "Other" versions of her neighbors, including a mute Other Wybie, who guides her through the Other World. During her third visit, Coraline encounters a black cat from her own world that has the ability to talk in the Other World, and also warns Coraline of danger. She disregards the warnings until the Other Mother invites her to live in the Other World forever if she sews buttons over her eyes. When Coraline demands to return home, the Other Mother angrily reveals her true form as a monstrous witch and traps Coraline in a small room behind a mirror where she meets the ghosts of three children who had lost their eyes and souls to the Other Mother. With the help of the Other Wybie, Coraline escapes to her own world, but finds that her parents have been kidnapped by the Other Mother.

Armed with a seeing stone provided by the real Spink and Forcible, Coraline returns to the Other World and challenges the Other Mother to a game to find her missing parents and the eyes of the ghost children in the Other World, agreeing to stay in the Other World if she loses. Coraline uses her seeing stone to find the ghosts' eyes and outwits the twisted inhabitants of the Other World guarding them, and later finds her parents trapped in a snow globe. Knowing that the Other Mother will never let her leave even if she wins, Coraline tricks the Other Mother into opening the door to the real world and escapes through it, closing the door on the Other Mother's hand and severing it. Coraline finds her parents safe with no memory of what had happened, and the ghost children at peace but not after they warn her that the Other Mother will still try to get the key from her. To keep the Other Mother from returning, Coraline intends to drop the key to the door between her world and the Other World down a water well near her house, but the Other Mother's severed hand enters Coraline's world and tries to drag Coraline back to the Other World. Wybie arrives and destroys the hand, and he and Coraline drop its remains and the key down the well. With her parents done with their work and able to spend time with their daughter, Coraline holds a garden party with her family and neighbors, content with her new life.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2009-02-06 : United States of America

DVD : 2009-07-21