Coraline (2009)

Plot Summary:
Coraline's parents are working on a furniture catalog and are too busy to really notice her. Through a series of events, she is led to a door in the wall that leads to another world. Personally, I couldn't tell if it was in fact Coraline's imagination or if she was actually visiting another world.* This becomes clear at some point near the middle or end.

Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning)

*I also couldn't tell for Pan's Labyrinth.

To start, I have to say I have a positive bias towards stop-motion films.*

One of the thoughts that crossed my mind was that this movie makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. According to Wikipedia, the book Coraline, on which the movie was based, has indeed been compared to Alice in Wonderland. Other movies I'm reminded of, with respect to seemingly imaginary worlds, are Pan's Labyrinth, Chronicles of Narnia, and Bridge to Terabithia. In any case, this was heavily due to scenes in the movie where there was so much action and visually wondrous objects. For example, the snapdragons.

Wyborne "Wybie" Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.)

There's always the plus that the movie is done in stop-motion, because that adds to the magic of the scenes. I enjoy movies that have the ability to show you a different world and mesmerize you. This movie did just that.

What I Liked About the Plot:
The great thing about the plot is I kept waiting for when the happiness turns bad. I knew it was coming, but I just didn't know when.

Strongest Scene in the Movie (with respect to emotion):
When Coraline finds her parents missing and before going to sleep, she forms her mom and dad out of pillows.

Other Father (John Hodgman), Coraline, and Other Mother (Teri Hatcher)

*The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Corpse Bride (2005), Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit. The first two of which were also directed by Henry Selick, the director of Coraline.

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I didn't remember much about this film, and I initially passed it as I moved my mouse across various movies on Netflix's My List. However, highly rated for me at 98%, I decided not to waste time looking through items in the list and just watch Coraline!

I'd happily report, that even within the first ten or so minutes, I was glad I decided to watch Coraline. I love the stop-motion animation, the artistic direction, and the story. Oh wait, the music and sound was wonderful as well.


With that being said, it might be too scary for little kids. Perhaps the movie would be better suited for kids of age eight and older.*

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 98% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.

*The movie is currently marked as appropriate for ages 9+ on However, actual reviews range with some parents saying their three-year-old enjoyed it and others pushing towards 13+.

Instant Comments:
2: A gravy train.
2: The fact that she wakes up in her real room is mysterious. Like with Pan's Labyrinth or Chronicles of Narnia, I'm made to wonder if any of it is real.
2: Lol. "Just looking ahead."
2: I didn't catch it. Was there a time-limit set

The Cat (Keith David) and Coraline

2: After the credits end, there's a short example of the stop-motion animation process.


Watched 20091216.
Watched 20170407 (Netflix, Instant)
Coraline (2009) Henry Selick. 96 min [botnotsn (2002) by Neil Gaiman]

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