Coraline (2008, Stop-Motion Fantasy Adventure) – 4/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Dakota Fanning: Coraline Jones
Teri Hatcher: Mel Jones / Other Mother / Beldam
Jennifer Saunders: Miss April Spink / Other Spink
Dawn French: Miss Miriam Forcible / Other Forcible
Ian McShane: Mr. Sergei Alexander Bobinsky / Other Bobinsky
Lead Animator: Travis Knight
Lead Animator: Trey Thomas
Lead Animator: Eric Leighton
Lead Animator: Phil Dale
Supervising Animator: Anthony Scott
Producer: Henry Selick
Producer: Mary Sandell
Writer (Original Novel): Neil Gaiman
Writer (Screenplay): Henry Selick
Director: Henry Selick
Production Designer: Henry Selick

Coraline (2008)

Coraline Jones moves with her distracted-by-work parents to a new home out of the city and discovers a mysterious, magical tunnel to another, better, world with another, more attentive, father and another, more loving, mother.


I don’t know what it is about Henry Selick’s films, Tim Burton / Danny Elfman masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas aside. This has the same charmless, unpleasant, uninteresting feeling as James and the Giant Peach and his MTV idents. It never connects emotionally but it is very good technically (despite appearing to have quite a low frame-rate). The facial animation, especially, is uncommonly expressive for stop-motion, the cloth and hair animation is astonishing and the character animation is endlessly superb. It should be noted that, despite being animated, I can’t see children liking or even getting through this at all. I certainly did not like it.

This movie contains unpleasant and scary scenes and unpleasant near nudity.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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