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Coraline (2009)

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An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

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Henry Selick

Writers:

Henry Selick (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Fanning ... Coraline Jones (voice)
Teri Hatcher ... Mel Jones / Other Mother / Beldam (voice)
Jennifer Saunders ... Miss April Spink / Other Spink (voice)
Dawn French ... Miss Miriam Forcible / Other Forcible (voice)
Keith David ... The Cat (voice)
John Hodgman ... Charlie Jones / Other Father (voice)
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Wyborne 'Wybie' Lovat (voice)
Ian McShane ... Mr. Sergei Alexander Bobinsky / Other Bobinsky (voice)
Aankha Neal Aankha Neal ... Sweet Ghost Girl (voice)
George Selick George Selick ... Ghost Boy (voice)
Hannah Kaiser Hannah Kaiser ... Tall Ghost Girl (voice)
Harry Selick Harry Selick ... Photo Friend (voice)
Marina Budovsky Marina Budovsky ... Photo Friend (voice)
Emerson Tenney ... Magic Dragonfly (voice) (as Emerson Hatcher)
Jerome Ranft Jerome Ranft ... Mover (voice)
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Storyline

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 only a trick to lure her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Adventure too Weird for Words See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coraline y la puerta secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,849,640, 8 February 2009

Gross USA:

$75,286,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,596,398
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Pink Palace's address bears the same numbers as the nondescript warehouse where the film was produced. See more »

Goofs

When Coraline first meets Other Father, after Coraline tells him that the dinner is ready, he raises his hands in the air but the bottom of the puppet's neck clearly comes apart for a second. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Coraline Jones: [after hearing a creature while exploring the hills] Hello? Who's there?
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, the words "For those in the know: jerk wad" appear on the screen. This is a clue that could be used on the Coraline website in order to get an entry in a contest that ran during the movie's US theatrical run. See more »

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Soundtracks

Dreaming
Performed by Bruno Coulais, The Children's Choir of Nice, and Teri Hatcher
Written by Bruno Coulais
Copyright (c) 2008 Bruno Coulais
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What an artistic movie
30 April 2011 | by dwarfrunesmithSee all my reviews

The Movie Coraline is an animated film well worth watching more than once. SPOILER ALERT The movie starts out introducing Coraline, voice actor Dakota Fanning, who is new to the Pink palace and is soon introduced to the black cat, voice actor Keith David, and Wybie Lovat, voice actor Robert Bailey Jr., who both are stalking Coraline. We then meet her mother Mel Jones, voice actor Teri Hatcher, and her father Charlie Jones, voice actor John Hodgman. Corallines' new life is shown to be less than wonderful as she meets her other tenants and is unable to realize her dream of gardening. Soon she discovers another world, which is much better in every way tailored specifically to Coraline based on information gathered by a spying Coraline doll carried by Coraline unknowingly. The other mother quickly turns villainess, as she is unable to get Coraline to do what she wants. With the help of the black cat, Coraline is able to escape the other mother and return home saving other children's souls who were less fortunate than she was. As well as her parents who were trapped to lure Coraline back to the other world.

The movie end with Coraline now happy with her real world and realizing she had everything she needed there all along. The theme of wanting more than what you already have and not seeing how good you have it is common among films today. However, the creative imagination of Coraline takes a spin and makes a very unbelievable situation seem plausible. The motif of the movie is seen often as the theme is drawing on what is real and what is too good to be true. When the sound and lighting are as controlled as in Coraline the Director can really impress upon the viewer a believable world that you can see yourself involved. The songs used make the world's first the regular world and then the other world seem like a place of dreary and boring plainness and then a world of pure imagination yet also terror. When the other world is dissolving the technique of fading the edges into white is pure genius.

The angle also helps you see through a subjective viewpoint in the majority of the scenes, even though it is not truly the camera angle but how the slides are drawn to show certain angles. The theme is so crucial in Coraline because few people would think the way Coraline is acting at the start of the movie might even be bad but as the movie progresses you see how she is flawed in her original outlook and judgments of her parents and new neighbors.


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