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Coraline – The movie that will change the way you look at buttons forever

May 10, 2009 By: Geek Category: Movies

51w6IKygGEL. SL500  Coraline   The movie that will change the way you look at buttons foreverNeil Gaiman’s excellent children’s book Coraline was a surreal little adventure that grabbed the imaginations of a ton of kids and adults alike. Now, after much in the way of hype, it the movie adaptation of Coraline, directed by The Nightmare Before Christmas’s animation maestro Henry Selick. There is something truly magical about stop-motion animation and thus it is the perfect medium to bring Coraline to the big screen. Coraline is voiced to great effect by Dakota Fanning, who heads up a very impressive cast alongside people such as Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Teri Hatcher.

Does it work? Yeah, for the most part it does. Some of Gaiman’s delicate storytelling is lost along the way, but it does hold up well as both a movie and an adaptation. The script appears to have done away with a few scenes, at least that’s how it felt, as the secondary characters don’t seem to be in it nearly as much as they are in the book.

Visually, the Coraline movie is a triumph. The Mouse Circus is breathtaking to look at, and the design and construction of t41QgUAWWZEL. SL160  Coraline   The movie that will change the way you look at buttons foreverhe models used in the animation is beautiful- they do look like physical objects, but with the animation mastery on show they really do come to life. Coraline herself is the obvious star of the whole thing, with a ton of attention paid to the way her facial expressions work and her mannerisms are portrayed.

Oh, and yes, the buttons for eyes thing? Creepy as hell. Neil Gaiman’s Coraline isn’t really a film I’d take small children to see due to the weird content and some really rather scary scenes (that climax is awesome), but for kids 11+ it is a treat. Hell, it’s a treat for adults too. For the full effect, make sure you see it in 3D, which looks great when applied to stop motion animation. I just wish it felt a bit more like the book. Great stuff though, and well worth seeing again.