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Coraline

"Coraline is kind-of relentless, like animators like me. She's going to get there one way or another and she's not going to be tied in place because her parents won't allow her to do something. She's going to find a way to get to what she wants. Of course, what she wants can get her into deep trouble and that brings up the other aspect about her I love -- how brave she is. She doesn't have guns or superpowers but she still faces incredible evil and manages to win. You can read the book in much less than a day, and so when you're working on it you do have to think the character through. You talk to animators and figure out what the poses are which'll work for her. You have to define her and it doesn't just happen. Over a long period of time you get to know her on different levels."

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Jared King

Oooh, "My Bloody Valentine 3D" got dissed!

May 9 - 10:28 AM

mssk8erboy

First Last

That was an awesome article, nice job RT.

-MIKE

May 9 - 12:20 PM

Chaotic

Chris Burge

So when is the DVD/Blu-ray coming out?

May 9 - 12:55 PM

Colin W.

Colin Williams

DVD/Blu-ray is out July 21 according to releaselists.com

Coraline only came out here in the UK this week (May 8) so maybe thats why it's taken five and a half months for the home release.

May 12 - 11:50 AM

WallEField

Matt Welch

"Coraline is out now."

Umm...where?

May 9 - 01:42 PM

mpchitown

Matthew Phillips

When are we going to be able to get movies like "Coraline" with the option of viewing it in 3D? I think it would be a great idea if with the dvd or blu-ray purchase there would be a second disk or something that had the movie in 3D. I mean if they can get people to get 3d glasses for a stupid superbowl commercial why can't we get the 3d glasses for a beautiful movie like "Coraline?"

May 9 - 03:03 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Coraline is awesome! Great article Joe, but yeah when is this hitting Blu-Ray?!? It's been over 3 months since it was released, there should be an announcement soon! Plus I bet it holds up well on 2D.

May 9 - 10:38 PM

pinkincide

jon doe

The garden scenes in particular were gorgeous, and a nice surprise since they weren't in the novella. Just about all the story "additions" were great. When's the last time that happened in a movie? The only other example that comes to mind was the surprisingly good Stardust--also a Neil Gaiman story.

May 9 - 11:06 PM

HyperionChild

Warren John

Exactly. I think that's because both directors are personal friends of Mr. Gaiman who respect him and also respect the source material.

May 11 - 09:31 AM

HyperionChild

Warren John

So that when they add things they don't "clash" with the spirit of the source material.
(Hit SUBMIT too soon dammit!)

May 11 - 09:39 AM

jpotter

John Potter

this is probably my favorite movie of the year, so far.

more info on the dvd here: http://www.cinemablend.com/dvdnews/Henry-Selick-Sheds-Light-On-Coraline-DVD-Details-16201.html.

one edition of the dvd will be sold this year with the red-and-blue 3D glasses.

May 11 - 12:16 PM

Thorsten K.

Thorsten Krause

Just viewed it yesterday at the Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart, luckily in a 3D screening. They already had to do an extra viewing two days ago and still turn many people away yesterday. Despite having a crappy position at the side of the room I got totally sucked into the movie. It was all fantastically fitting together - amazing visuals, great voice work, the according music. I enjoyed it extremely.

May 11 - 01:07 PM

Colin W.

Colin Williams

DVD/Blu-ray is out July 21 according to releaselists.com

Coraline only came out here in the UK this week (May 8) so maybe thats why it's taken five and a half months for the home release.

May 12 - 11:50 AM

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