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Movies: Coraline

Movies - 27 October 2009 12:00 AM | Updated 09 December 2014

Movies: Coraline

A young girl (Dakota Fanning) explores her new home and stumbles upon a mysterious secret door that seems to lead to nowhere. Without thinking much, she unlocks the door and discovers a whole new different version of her life. Soon, her adventure turns dangerous when her Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) wants to keep her forever. Equipped with only her determination, resourcefulness and bravery, Coraline must make it back to the other side safely.


Fantasy / Animation / Family
General Release Date:
29 Oct 2009
Running Time:
1 Hour 40 Minutes
United International Pictures
Henry Selick

Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Keith David, Teri Hatcher
  Based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 best-selling children's novella of the same name, "Coraline" completely sets itself away from any other kid films out there that heavily relies on predictable plots and possibly even animal jokes. Bringing you the same director who did "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "James And The Giant Peach", Henry Selick's film adaptation of the novella may come across as disturbing for kids as it takes audiences inside a dark and creepy environment that he's commonly known for.

... it takes audiences inside a dark and creepy environment.

A young girl named Coraline is bored with her mundane life at her new home and unengaged by her workaholic parents when she discovers a secret door in the house. The passageway leads her to the Other World, a parallel reality that seems similar to her life, only much better. Her Other Mother and Father are seemingly the perfect parents. However, when the adventure turns dangerous, she must save herself and family and find the way to get back home.

... unengaged by her workaholic parents when she discovers a secret door in the house.

The awards-winning actress Dakota Fanning lends her voice for the character Coraline. Often mistakenly called as Caroline, Coraline is an unpleasant child who frequently complains and does not like to make friends. Other stars who lend their voices include "Desperate Housewives" actress Teri Hatcher as Mel Jones and Caroline's Other Mother and Jon Hodgman as Charlie Jones and Caroline's Other Father.

This reviewer would not recommend this for kids!

The visuals in "Coraline" are strong and exceptionally well done, bringing you the same type of visuals as in "The Nightmare Before Christmas". There are some stunning set pieces, mostly placed in Other World such as the garden and the world's strangest theatre. Also released in 3-D, a majority of online critics were impressed with the film's 3-D effect.

With its animation combined with Gaiman's imaginative story, "Coraline" is a film that's both visually stunning and entertaining. Overall, "Coraline" is a wildly imaginative, wickedly creative and nicely done. But this reviewer would not recommend this for kids.

Watch this if you liked: "The Nightmare Before Christmas", "Alice In Wonderland", "James And The Giant Peach"

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    Animation, Family, Fantasy
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