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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

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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 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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Focus Features
[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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Scene Index

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


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