Critic Consensus: With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman's imaginative story, Coraline is a film that's both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.
|Rating:||PG (for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Pete Kozachik, Henry Selick|
|Written By:||Neil Gaiman, Henry Selick|
|In Theaters:||Feb 6, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 21, 2009|
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as Coraline Jones
as Miss Forcible
as Mr. Bobinsky
as Miss Spink
as Wybie Lovat
as Sweet Ghost Girl
as Ghost Boy
as Tall Ghost Girl
as Photo Friend
as Photo Friend
as Magic Dragonfly
as Wybie's Grandmother
as Shakespeare Rascal
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Critic Reviews for Coraline
Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge.
All involved in this production deserve praise for turning Coraline into a triumph of storytelling and cinematic technology. Whether you're young, middle-age or older, you'll adore it.
... a gorgeous and imaginative storybook fantasy with nightmare echoes. Think Dr. Seuss by way of Edward Gorey ...
For all its shortcomings, Coraline nevertheless has more imagination, heart and inventiveness in it than most recent animated films.
You know from the very first sequence that Coraline is an extraordinary movie that is going to rattle the bejeezus out of young audience members and -- the truth be told -- their fathers as well.
It would be difficult for any filmmaker to mimic Gaiman's seductively amusing and imaginative writing, and Selick, who also wrote the script, should be commended for not falling back on some golden-tongued narrator. But his Coraline could use more spunk.
Audience Reviews for Coraline
When they put Neil Gaiman on screen we get magic. Again an amazing adaption of an amazing tale. Me and my daughter enjoyed every second of this one.
A horror story for kids, taking elements from many classic kids tales, about a girl who finds a secret doorway to another world in her new house where a witch tries to capture her and her parents but the brave girl fights back. Great 3D animation and well produced by the director of James and Giant Peach: this could almost be another Roald Dahl story.
Very much like Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, "Nightmare" director Henry Selick imagines a world that is black, bewildering, and ghoulish. Drawing on our worst fears, and the intensity of childhood wonder, the film follows Coraline, a little girl who moves into a new apartment with her parents, and finds her new world wanting. Faced with a parallel universe and a ghastly villain named "Other Mother" Coraline must put on a brave face and end the monster's reign. Completely filmed in stop-motion animation, the world is even more beautiful and ghastly than it ever could have been in another medium. The characters are just as bodacious as the book, there's the same level of terror as in the original text, and there's a sense that Coraline is the only one who can save the day, even though she is a child. It's adventurous and dark, which more children's films should aspire to be.
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