- Dakota Fanning

Overview - As covetous children are often warned: "Be careful what you wish for." It’s this very cautionary wisdom that sets the stage for Henry Selick’s CORALINE, an eerily eye-popping stop-motion animation tale of fractured dreams and families made whole.  Read more...

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As covetous children are often warned: "Be careful what you wish for." It’s this very cautionary wisdom that sets the stage for Henry Selick’s CORALINE, an eerily eye-popping stop-motion animation tale of fractured dreams and families made whole. As the films opens, Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have moved into the Pink Palace, a once-vibrant boarding house that’s turned drab and dilapidated. As her parents work feverishly on a new gardening catalog, the bored and belligerent Coraline is admonished to explore her new world’s possibilities. Along the way she meets her fellow tenants, including two aging English showgirls and a mouse-training Russian acrobat, as well as an outcast neighborhood boy named Wybie. But it is a mysterious hidden door that most piques Coraline’s interest--a gateway to a parallel world where her "other" parents and neighbors live only to see Coraline well fed and endlessly entertained. All is not cakes and carnivals for Coraline, though, and the black buttons that have replaced the eyes of these otherworldly imitations hint at darker intentions. When these intentions are revealed, Cora and a friendly magical cat use their wits and willpower to defeat Coraline’s wicked "other mother" and restore balance in the real world. Based on Neil Gaiman’s beloved children’s novel, director Selick (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) uses the stop-motion technique to bring CORALINE to life with amazing visual and emotional depth. The result is a frightfully magical adventure that will give the whole family plenty to shriek, cheer, and talk about.

Cast List

Jennifer Saunders - British Writer/Actress
Teri Hatcher - American actress, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Dawn French - British Actress
Neil Gaiman - English author and screenwriter
Dakota Fanning - Actress, I AM SAM/CORALINE
Ian McShane - British Actor
Bill Mechanic - Producer, DARK WATER (2005)
Claire Jennings - Producer, WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (2005)
Mary Sandell - Producer
Bruno Coulais - COMPOSER
John Hodgman - Author/actor

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192049651
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Release Date: September 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Childrens
Movies > Animated

Related Keywords:
Stop-Motion Animation
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Fantasy Worlds
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Based On A Novel

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3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]hose who tough it out with this twisted, trippy adventure in impure imagination will only be the better for it." - 02/05/2009 Rolling Stone

"The third dimension comes of age with CORALINE....CORALINE is a remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge." - 02/06/2009 Los Angeles Times

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's gorgeous to watch in all its dazzling stop-motion animation splendor....It's exquisite images have an undeniable whimsical appeal." - 02/06/2009 USA Today

"[Selick] stays at child's eye level, letting the 3D process subtly reinforce how a youngster's imagination can be more vivid and real than reality itself." - 02/06/2009 Box Office

"[A]n exquisitely realized 3-D stop-motion animated feature....CORALINE lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling." - 02/06/2009 New York Times

"Everyone's in love with someone in HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, a not-quite-romantic-comedy....Slickly adapted by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein from the popular book....[The film] rolls out like an instructional soap opera." - 02/01/2009 Variety

"CORALINE is a dark delight....This eccentric and deliriously inventive fantasy finds stop-motion auteur Henry Selick scaling new heights of ghoulish whimsy, buoyed by a haunting score that works its own macabre magic." - 02/01/2009 Variety

"This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in Selick's career of crating handrcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness." -- Grade: A - 02/13/2009 Entertainment Weekly

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The animation is absolutely breathtaking and should be seen in 3D to be fully enjoyed. The story is creepy fun..." - 02/06/2009 Premiere

"Selick's imaginative sets and puppets are in perfect pitch with Gaiman's fantasy. The 3-D effects aren't overdone but are used intelligently to make this world come brilliantly to life." - 02/02/2009 Hollywood Reporter

"Selick has complete command of the 3-D format, adding eerie depth and texture to the image..." - 07/01/2009 Film Comment

Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "[M]esmerizing....Selick creates a stunning alternate universe for the solitary little girl of the title..." - 12/25/2009 Entertainment Weekly

Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "A distinctive visual style and great imagination combine with the deliberate oddness of the animation to create an eerie effect." - 12/24/2009 Chicago Sun-Times

3 stars out of 5 -- "Artfully shot....CORALINE packs a lot in....Admirably, it never condescends..." - 05/01/2009 Uncut

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