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Director: Henry Selick

Cast: Henry Selick, Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders


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A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality that is eerily similar to the life she already knows, yet deeply unsettling in a number of ways, in director Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-seller. Eleven-year-old Coraline Jones (voice of …  See more details below


A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality that is eerily similar to the life she already knows, yet deeply unsettling in a number of ways, in director Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-seller. Eleven-year-old Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) is fearlessly courageous, and perhaps far too adventurous for her own good. Coraline and her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) have recently relocated to Oregon from Michigan. Bored in her new home since her parents are distracted by work and she has yet to make any new friends, Coraline passes the time by exploring her new neighborhood with an annoying local boy named Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.). But after paying a visit to her eccentric neighbors Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Forcible (Dawn French), a pair of aging British actresses, and crossing paths with the outright weird Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane), the precocious young girl becomes convinced that her new surroundings are just as dull as she'd initially suspected. Shortly thereafter, Coraline discovers a hidden door in her new house, and decides to investigate. Venturing into the eerie passageway inside, Coraline emerges into an alternate version of her own reality. At first glance, this strange new world seems even better than the real thing; there her parents aren't distracted by work, and Coraline is always the center of attention. There's even a mysterious Cat (Keith David) that's fascinated by her every move. But when Coraline's button-eyed Other Mother (also Hatcher) attempts to make her stay permanent, the frightened young girl must summon her resourcefulness and bravery in order to find her way back home and save her real family.

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Coraline begins with its heroine in a sorry predicament. Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is new in town, and with the exception of her immediate family, everyone refers to her incorrectly as Caroline. However, as frustrating as that may be, she's long since resigned herself to living in a world that perpetually mispronounces her name. The real problem is that Coraline has explored virtually every inch of her new house and its surrounding property (her findings include a boarded-up well rumored to be bottomless, or at least really deep, and a stray black cat too smart for its own good), and she's now excruciatingly, mind-numbingly bored. Her life is safe but unexciting; her parents are kind but unavailable; and the closest thing she has to friends are her neighbors (two washed-up actresses and the would-be ringmaster of a circus staffed entirely by trained mice) and the landlord's grandson, whom Coraline treats with the disdain expected of a girl her age -- especially after he gives her a doll sewn in her image as if she were the kind of girl to play with dolls. Even the mysterious little door hidden behind old wallpaper is a letdown; at first glance, it leads to a bricked up wall Coraline's mother believes was erected in the house when it was divided into separate apartments. Of course, the door isn't just a door, the cat isn't just a cat, and the doll isn't just a doll. They're all connected to an Other world almost exactly the same as Coraline's, with a few major exceptions: it's magic, much more dangerous, and ruled by a malevolent woman who first disguises herself as Coraline's "Other Mother" (voiced by Teri Hatcher), identical to her real mother save for having buttons instead of eyes. She lavishes Coraline with attention and adventure, but living in her wonderland comes at a steep price. Those familiar with Neil Gaiman's work, particularly his children's books, know that he writes a world as fantastic and charming as it is macabre and dangerous. An adaptation of Coraline was a worrisome prospect, because Coraline is only a children's book by the thinnest of margins, and toning down the creep factor would have done a great disservice to all involved. Thankfully, Coraline is appropriately dark, and like its inspiration, is only a children's movie by the thinnest of margins. Director Henry Selick's experiences directing The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach have served Coraline well; the Other world is somewhere Jack Skellington and Roald Dahl would build their summer homes. It's hard to lose oneself in a film that is Coraline's combination of ingredients -- fictional, animated, and 3-D -- but that's exactly what happens. Coraline is equal parts fanciful, menacing, beautiful, and subversive. The result is an audience -- adult as well as children -- that doesn't feel at all silly rooting passionately for Coraline to listen to the talking cat and get out of bizarro land before it's too late.

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[Wide Screen, 3D]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dakota Fanning Coraline Jones
Teri Hatcher Mel, Coraline's Mother/Other Mother
Jennifer Saunders Miss Spink
Dawn French Miss Forcible
Keith David Cat
John Hodgman Charlie, Coraline's father/Other father
Robert Bailey Wybie Lovat
Ian McShane Mr. Bobinsky
Aankha Neal Sweet Ghost Girl
George Selick Ghost Boy
Hannah Kaiser Tall Ghost Girl
Harry Selick Photo Friend
Marina Budovsky Photo Friend
Emerson Hatcher Magic Dragonfly
Jérôme Ranft Mover
Christopher Murrie Toy
Jeremy Ryder Toy
Carolyn Crawford Wybie's Grandmother
Yona Prost Shakespeare Rascal

Technical Credits
Henry Selick Director,Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Amy Adamy Animator
Philip Beglan Animator
Kim Blanchette Animator
Phil Brotherton Art Director
Bruno Coulais Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Julianna Cox Animator
Payton Curtis Animator
Sarah de Gaudemar Animator
Teresa Drilling Animator
Antony Elworthy Animator
Ron Eng Sound/Sound Designer
Bo Henry Art Director
Claire Jennings Producer
Misha Peesha Klein Animator
Justin Kohn Animator
Pete Kozachik Cinematographer
Malcolm Lamont Animator
Jan-Erik Maas Animator
Bill Mechanic Producer
Jeff Mulcaster Animator
Christopher Murrie Editor
Thomas Proost Art Director
Bartek Prusiewicz Animator
Jeff Riley Animator
Mary Sandell Producer
Ronald Sanders Editor
Brad Schiff Animator
Melissa St. Onge Asst. Director
Ezra J. Sumner Production Manager
They Might Be Giants Songwriter
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Tichborne Animator
Chris Tootell Animator
Suzanne Twining Animator
Ian Whitlock Animator
Richard C. Zimmerman Animator
Michael Zoumas Executive Producer

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Deleted scenes; The Making of Coraline; Voicing the Characters; Creepy Coraline; Feature commentary


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Coraline 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Firannion More than 1 year ago
Being a huge Neil Gaiman fan I had been really looking forward to the animated version, but was somewhat disappointed. The filmmakers seemed to think that boys wouldn't go see a movie in which the heroine is a girl who figures things out for herself and doesn't need rescuing. So they threw in a completely extraneous boy character who only serves to dilute Coraline's ultimate triumph over the Other Mother (one of the scariest villains in all of children's literature, incidentally). See the movie, but better yet, read the book. The audiobook edition is outstanding; it's read by Gaiman himself and includes a memorably creepy performance of the rats' 'We are small but we are many' song.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since it contains both 2-D and 3-D versions, we viewed 3-D version the first day we received the Blu-Ray edition. 3-D effects are good, but it has to be viewed with a traditional blue and red glasses, so the colors are not that great. Then later we viewed 2-D version and wow, it is much better! Since we happened to have HDTV, the details are much sharper, the colors are eye-popping (and oddly made it seem even more 3-D than the traditional 3-D version). I highly recommend you to watch 2-D version first - in my opinion, it is much preferred over the 3-D version. And I recommend you to get the Blu-Ray edition, as the details are much better. Storywise, it is good but a bit slow - but it does get exciting near the end, and the Other Mother is just as creepy as ever. Make sure to watch "extras," you'll be astonished at how the movie is made. I have to say the movie is WORTH the money and we really enjoyed it - and besides, the animation are great!
Shinybeads More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, is a big name in the comic book & scifi world. He makes it seems so easy how he seemlessly bring his own made up worlds & characters from his books & comics into real life. He does tend to stray from the fluffy bunnies and sunshine of so many childrens books and falls more in line with the old fairy tales. where step mothers and witches are serious adversaries to children, wolves and rats have very sharp teeth, and losing your hand or eyes is a matter-of-fact part of the plot. I did watch most of this movie with my 5 yr old and 8 yr old nephews. The last transformation of the "other" mother freaked them out alittle too much, and I had to stop the movie. But for a serious lover of creepies and crawlies meets Wonderland, this is the movie for you.
popprincess99 More than 1 year ago
Amazing and exciting! Coraline is even better than the novel! With beautiful animation this movie comes to life.  This movie is super exciting and full of interesting action. It has great strong characters,  an amazing plot, and a GREAT villan. It's best for 9+ yrs old. 
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fullofquirks More than 1 year ago
Wonderful extras and 4 pairs of 3-d glasses included. Made a great gift for my oldest son.
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Awesomegirlskj More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to see this movie when it came out. Basically, I got what I expected. No one else in my family liked the movie as much as I did but, I guess that is because I read the book so, it helps if you read the book.
whispers-in-the-dark More than 1 year ago
I read the book two years ago when I was in 7th grade and I loved it! Unfortuanatly I was unable to own it because it was from the school library. :( But I just bout the movie not to long ago and I remembered the book! It took me till half way through but I remembered! The movie follows the book exquisidly and I just love it! I am trying to get the book before I go out of state.
NiKKi_Dee More than 1 year ago
Asa fan of the Nightmare before christmas, and tim burton, and any thing to do with it, this movie remindes me so much of it. The characters are amazing. THE STORY WAS ABSOUTELY AMAZING. I have watched this movie several times, and it doesnt get old. The movies was great i highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting. 3-D is pretty good. Entertaining. Maybe a bit intense for young children. And a bit surprising in the bawdiness of the scene with the two sisters (neighbor ladies) which could have been done without.
SaabVolvoAudi More than 1 year ago
Well conceived and executed. Great production and design. Slightly different than the book, but what movie isn't? Highly recommended. Me and my family have watched it several time already. Should be a Halloween classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is super cool 3-D graphics and a scary story...A must see for scary little girls and boys alike..
sensu28 More than 1 year ago
My rule is to never buy a dvd unless I will be watching it at least 3 times. This dvd more than fulfills that rule. While this story may be scary for very young children, it is very entertaining. There is a fairly short scene with some (cartoon-type) decolletage which I think could have been cut by 30 to 60 seconds. However, I would recommend this dvd for anyone over the age of 6.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coraline , is the first feature length film directed by stop-motion master Henry Selick since James and the Giant peach. The story is based on the original book by Neil Gaiman , which selick had wanted to adapt for years. The book itself has been adapted into a musical and a graphic novel, but the movie seems to hit closest to the soul of Gaiman's original without being a carbon copy. And unlike a lot of animated movies released in america (with the exception of Pixar ) Coraline isn't afraid to delve into real loss and sacrifice , there are moments when it feels very possible Coraline will fail. But she grows from her hardships. She's similar to the character Chihiro from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away , who starts off as whiney and apathetic but is forced to grow up when her life and family is threatened . On top of a great story with interesting characters Coraline is a stop motion wonder. Through sheer genius and imagination Henry Selick and his team of artist's at Laika have once again brought stop motion , one of the oldest forms of animation , into a higher realm of human fabrication. Film enthusiasts will love it for that reason alone, the general audience will love it for the magical hour and 40 minute ride the movie takes them on . Enjoy this great work of art.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful movie. We all really enjoyed the show. Artwork was fantastic and quite an engaging story line. However next time we go to the local movie theatre we are stealing the 3D glasses. The ones provided with the movie were awful.
AnnetteLA More than 1 year ago
The kids loved this movie. I thought it would be too scary for them, but they didn't think so. Their ages: 6 and 4 years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best kids movies I have seen in a long time! The kids and I watched it every day for the longest time!We even recite the lines! It might be a little scary for little kids and I don't know how engaged they would stay with it. However, if there is ever a movie that parents and kids can watch together and both enjoy, this is it!
AustinJEM More than 1 year ago
Good story > Good animation > Good Family Values
Tamela More than 1 year ago
Coraline is a chilling and excellently filmed nailbiting nightmare. Every child wishes their life could be a bit better, parents more involved, the world about them a bit more beautiful. Coraline receives her wish in the form of the world beyond a secretive little door in her new apartment. There's an alternative universe that exists, where Mom is a chef and Dad is a magically inclined piano player. Dinner is always beautifully cooked and on the table and there is always time for her 'other' parents to remember and amuse Coraline. But, even in the most perfect of worlds, there is a dark side that exists. It doesn't take long for Coraline to realize the sinister nature of the 'button-eyed' parents that wish to keep her. This film might be a little bit frightening for children under the age of 7.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago