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Coraline [2009] (1 disc)

Director:Henry Selick
Writer:Henry Selick
Composer:Bruno Coulais
Songs:Bruno Coulais
Henry Selick
John Linnell
Kent Melton
They Might Be Giants
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Kids
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:90%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Reaction: Delightfully creepy but a little odd at times.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Henry Selick => Director / Writer / Songs
Bruno Coulais => Composer / Songs
John Linnell => Songs
Kent Melton => Songs
They Might Be Giants => Songs
Neil Gaiman => Book
Aankha Neal => Sweet Ghost Girl (voice)
Carolyn Crawford => Wybie's Grandmother (voice)
Christopher Murrie => Toy (voice)
Dakota Fanning => Coraline Jones (voice)
Dawn French => Other Forcible (voice) / Miss Miriam Forcible
Emerson Hatcher => Magic Dragonfly (voice)
George Selick => Ghost Boy (voice)
Hannah Kaiser => Tall Ghost Girl (voice)
Harry Selick => Photo Friend (voice)
Ian McShane => Other Bobinsky (voice) / Mr. Sergei Alexander Bobinsky
Jennifer Saunders => Other Spink (voice) / Miss April Spink
Jeremy Ryder => Toy (voice)
Jerome Ranft => Mover (voice)
John Hodgman => Other Father (voice) / Charlie Jones
Keith David => The Cat (voice)
Marina Budovsky => Photo Friend (voice)
Robert Bailey Jr. => Wyborne 'Wybie' Lovat (voice)
Teri Hatcher => Beldam (voice) / Other Mother / Mel Jones
Yona Prost => Shakespeare Rascal (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The character Wybie Lovat is not in Neil Gaiman's novel. He was created so Coraline would not have to talk to herself and so she would have a friend her own age.
  • At one hour and forty minutes long, this is the longest stop-motion film to date. Also the first stop-motion animated feature to be shot entirely in 3-D.
  • The 'Ranft Bros. Moving Company' that moves Coraline's family into their home, are based on real-life brothers Jerome Ranft and Joe Ranft. Both brothers did work on The Nightmare Before Christmas with Director Henry Selick. The mover at the front door (who is given the $1.00 tip) is modeled after Joe Ranft.
  • The band They Might Be Giants wrote 10 songs for the movie, but a change in tone from a musical to a darker production meant that all but one was cut; a scene in which Coraline's other father sings along with a piano features John Linnell's voice. The band has said they will release the other songs created for the movie in other projects, including albums.
  • For the character of Coraline, there were 28 different puppets of varying sizes; the main Coraline puppet stands 9.5 inches high. At one point in the movie, Coraline shows 16 different expressions in a span of 35 seconds. 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.
  • In the initial recording session, Dawn French played the role of Miss Spink and Jennifer Saunders played Miss Forcible. However, director Henry Selick wasn't satisfied with the result, so he had French and Saunders switch roles and re-record their parts. These re-recorded parts were used in the film.
  • The face on the dollar bill given to the mover for a tip is director, Henry Selick.
  • This film marks the first time that a stop-motion animated morphing sequence has ever been accomplished. The sequence runs for 130 frames, or nearly six seconds.
  • One crew member was hired specifically to knit miniature sweaters and other clothing for the puppet characters, using knitting needles as thin as human hair.
  • The model of the Father was based on Ted Raimi.