Coraline

“Neil Gaiman's children's novel becomes an animated stop-motion fantasy that's both creepy and seductively beautiful.” — Stephanie Zacharek, salon.com
Director: Henry Selick
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Running time: 100 mins

USA
Producers: Bill Mechanic, Claire Jennings, Henry Selick, Mary Sandell
Screenplay: Henry Selick. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
Photography: Pete Kozachik
Editors: Christopher Murrie, Ronald Sanders
Art directors: Bo Henry, Tom Proost, Phil Brotherton
Animators: Travis Knight, Trey Thomas, Eric Leighton, Phil Dale
Sound: Randy Thom
Music: Bruno Coulais
PG scary scenes, mild language

Voices: Dakota Fanning (Coraline Jones), Teri Hatcher (Mother/Other Mother), Jennifer Saunders (Miss Spink), Dawn French (Miss Forcible), Keith David (Cat), John Hodgman (Father/Other Father), Robert Bailey Jr (Wybie Lovat), Ian McShane (Mr Bobinsky)

Translated from the dark kid-lit of Neil Gaiman into the hand-made (computer enhanced) dreamscapes of Nightmare Before Christmas filmmaker Henry Selick, Coraline is the year's most richly imagined Hollywood thrill ride. — BG

“Coraline is a young girl who discovers in her drab new home a tunnel leading to a parallel world of brightness and profligacy, where her parents are fun-loving instead of the workaholic drudges they are in reality. But there is a catch: Coraline's ‘Other Mother’ and ‘Other Father’ have buttons instead of eyes, and insist that their daughter undergoes an equivalent transplant if she is to remain in paradise... Coraline is the latest work in a vital tradition that dates back to a time before the Brothers Grimm began collecting their bloodcurdling tales. It's a fantasy that seduces its young audience, then scares the bejesus out of them. It is, in no uncertain terms, a horror film for children.” — Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

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