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Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French View All


Henry Selick (Director), Neil Gaiman (Screenplay), Henry Selick (Screenplay) View All

Released: Feb. 6th, 2009
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is...
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Holden Pike
A dark and visually jaw-dropping kid's movie that is probably much too scary for kids, Coraline is the story of a little girl tempted into a Through the Looking Glass world where the magic wonders mask a sinister purpose.
The Rodent
It transpired that Gaiman was a fan of Selicks work on Nightmare, so the two collaborated, albeit with a few changes in the script to make the film longer than the 47 minutes they were originally looking at and we the audience were treated to this brilliant animated film which went on to being nominated for 21 Awardsincluded in the American Film Institute, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, The Peoples Choice and the Annie Awards amongst others eventually winning 10 altogether.
The mirror characters are distinguished by the fact that their eyes are black buttons and the mirror universe itself is full of weirdly colourful characters and things that start off enchanting but make for a very organic transition towards the nightmarish as Coraline realises that this seemingly ideal other world is not all that it seems.
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