I recently had the pleasure of viewing the movie Coraline written and directed Henry Selick. Selick has directed films like James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas, so he knows how to do creepy children’s movies very well!
The story line is about a girl, Coraline, whose family just moves into a new home. She doesn’t like it very well and her parents are neglectful. She finds a little door in her house that opens her up to a new world; one in which is fun, happy and full of yummy foods. The new world is more than she bargained for when her ‘other mother’ turns a little too otherworldly.
The main character is so cute and makes the movie very enjoyable. The viewer can identify with the character and her struggle with choosing between worlds. The animation is very detailed and well-done. The movie’s creep-factor is very high, involving sewing button eyes on and a slew of cooky characters. Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher do a great job as the lead voices.