Basic Summary – While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.
Coraline, a combination of the fantastical with the creepy in one well put together film. The film itself has a storyline that almost all kids can relate to. Everyone wants a perfect life where they can do and have anything they want; however, this one makes sure that you understand consequences to it. I will say it is hands down this film has one of the creepiest introductions I have seen. It is a great metaphor for the film, but I won’t spoil too much of that. The artwork is beautiful – the lack of colors in reality for Coraline help explain why she is immediately drawn to the world on the other side of the wall which is full of romanticized colors that aren’t typically seen.
The characters are unique. As opposed to get different actors for the “Others” they use the exact same voice actors helping solidify that creepy feeling. Their designs are creepy as well. Button eyes are something I was not afraid of until I witnessed this film. And since then, I can’t even hold a doll that has button eyes. You never know where they are looking, but you have the feeling that they are always watching you. It is made creepier when you apply some key words that are said to the film and apply them to Coraline and her fate.
I’m surprised in the fact that this is a children’s film. It gets pretty dark at different parts, but since the main protagonist is a child and the storyline is one that children can relate to the most perhaps that is why. I feel as though the older your child is the better it is for them to watch it. But you can be the judge of that as a parent. Now that we got past the creepiness of the film, how about a light song to end things…