Coraline 3D (image 1)

Neil Gaiman's children's novel becomes an animated stop-motion fantasy that's both creepy and seductively beautiful.

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Coraline 3D 2009

Directed by Henry Selick

Translated from the dark kid-lit of Neil Gaiman into the hand-made (computer enhanced) 3-D dreamscapes of Nightmare Before Christmas’ Henry Selick, Coraline is the year’s most richly imagined Hollywood thrill ride.

USA In English
100 minutes 3D DCP

Director

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

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)

Elsewhere

Translated from the dark kid-lit of Neil Gaiman into the hand-made (computer enhanced) 3D 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