Coraline : 3 of 5

I have to admit that I wasn't overly excited about seeing Coraline the first time I saw the trailer, but after reading the countless positive reviews when the movie was released, I knew I had to go! Coraline is kind of a landmark movie, since it's the longest stop-motion film ever made, as well as the first shot completely in 3D, so I'm glad to see this artistic medium can be such a box office success! The only reason I'm not completely glowing in this review is that Coraline is a full-on horror film (in my opinion), which just isn't my favorite genre. My pal Melinda and I were pretty amazed at the incredible lack of comic relief - there were almost no laughs in the theater, and I think everyone was left when the same creepy feeling inside when the movie was over! Of course, I enjoyed the experience - the movie is beautifully shot, with fantastic sets and incredible character designs (I especially liked Wybie's "hunch neck"). Most of the time the stop-motion is so perfect that it feels like a CG animated film, although at times some movements are a little too jerky (as if they were shot on twos). The story is really suspenseful and full of mystery, but I have to say that if I had seen this movie as a child I would have been completely freaked out! On top of the story, the soundtrack is wall-to-wall eerie choir music and contemporary moody songs, which are all beautiful and well-suited to the film, but they really add to the overall dreary mood that simply doesn't ever change (even though the evil Other Mother is finally defeated, of course). Coraline will certainly become a classic and take its place in animation history, but unfortunately, I don't have the urge to emotionally get through it again!


  1. Hi,
    I stumbled onto your blog after googling "game boy advance sp" of all things. Then I found this post about Coraline. I haven't seen it, but based on other Tim Burton movies I've seen, I wouldn't take a young child to any of his movies. Some of them are creepy to me and I grew up watching the Friday the 13th movies (the original and its silly sequels). :)

  2. Don't know if my previous comment got through, but if it did, I just looked up Coraline and don't seen Tim Burton's name anywhere in the credits. Not sure how I got the impression he was involved. Maybe it's the odd imagery and animation.

  3. Thanks for the comments. Coraline was directed by the same person who did Nightmare Before Christmas, so that's where the connection comes in. They definitely have a similar style, but Nightmare is much more lighthearted!