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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.

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Henry Selick (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (book)
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1,259 ( 432)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Be careful what you wish for. 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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Trivia

Coraline's facial combinations consist of 3D printed prototypes. New technology enabled a prototype to be molded by a computer, which was then hand-painted by the modeling department. Each jaw replacement was clipped between Coraline's eyes, resulting in a visible line which was later digitally removed frame by frame. There were at total of 207,336 possible face combinations for the character. See more »

Goofs

When the Other Wybie frees Coraline and allows her to escape to the Real World, we see numerous decrepit toys and cobwebs around the passageway. Later, when Coraline goes back to the Other World to save her parents and the Ghost Children, all the toys and cobwebs are gone. However, when Coraline tricks the Beldam into reopening the door near the end, one can clearly see that in some shots the toys are back and in ALL shots the cobwebs return as well. 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

The name "Coraline" seems to be a fairly unusual name, however, there is a "Coraline Tassy" belonging to the Nice Children's Choir mentioned in the credits. See more »

Connections

References Godzilla (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Sirens of the Sea
Performed by Michele Mariana
Written by Henry Selick
Copyright (c) 2007 Henry Selick
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User Reviews

Very enjoyable fantasy with superb animation
7 February 2009 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

Henry Selick's "Coraline" is a smart adaptation of Neil Gaiman's extremely popular award-winning novella. Selick's screenplay is excellent and faithful without being a carbon-copy of Gaiman's story, and Selick adds some of his own dialogue to the film, so his contribution is most certainly not only visual, and chooses which dialogue to use from the novel wisely. Less of a horror story than the novella and more of a dark fantasy, "Coraline" features a well-written and well-drawn lead character and brings the novel's bizarre world to life without compromise. The film's fantasy world grows more bizarre each time we see it, and is as discomforting as it is fun. I missed the singing rats from the novella, but this was more than compensated for by the visual splendor of the garden scene, and there are numerous other examples of the changes from the novel making total sense as Selick's vision of the story differs from Gaiman, but doesn't betray the original work of art, only compliments it. The voice cast is very good and one cannot praise the spectacular animation enough. I was very pleased with the 3D presentation here, it was very, very rarely (only once or twice) used as a 'cool effect', and overall was very tastefully used to give the visuals more depth. Perhaps the first really good film to have a wide release in 2009, and looking at the next few weeks I see more than one film I'm moderately interested in, so this might end up being a pretty good year.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ashland, Oregon, USA See more »

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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:

$124,596,837
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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