Coraline

Coraline Movie PosterThis week we’re discussing the 2009 stop motion movie Coraline.  The movie was directed by Henry Selick, the same amazing man that brought us The Nightmare Before Christmas. The original novel the movie is based on is by Neil Gaiman who is also awesome.  So it stands to reason that this episode is chocked full of awesome.

Plot Synopsis:  Coraline is a brave and inquisitive 11 year old that has moved from Michigan with her family to a run down apartment complex in the middle of nowhere.  While exploring her new home she comes across a door that takes her to a magical land where everything is better.  The house is better, the food is better, even her parents are better.  She has everything she’s ever wished for.  But this fantasy world isn’t as wonderful as it first seems…  And why does her other mother have buttons for eyes.

Is this the newest movie we’ve ever done? Maybe? Anyways, Coraline is a great movie.  It can be a little creepy though, so if you have kids you might want to watch it before hand.  Its got an old school eighties kid movie mentality that’s quite a bit scarier than kids movies of the past twenties years.  I think this episode turned out alright.  We used an outline.  Go us.

What did you think of the movie o’listeners/readers?


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8 thoughts on “Coraline

  1. Great review, and thanks for doing this film. I liked how it didn’t take the original story and stomp on it until it was entirely recognizable, and like the book, it didn’t talk down to kids. And, admittedly, it’s even scarier for adults to watch then for children, because kids see a rather scary adventure that nevertheless ends well, but it plays up the adult fear of their kids disappearing or something bad happening to them. And it really was impressive, considering how much time stop motion must take.

    And it’s no hassel if you can’t get the free stuff to me anytime soon (although I am leaving for Norway in about a month) but I’m still excited to see it.

    P.s. Sorry to hear about your unemployment, Kasey.

    • I never thought of the movie playing on parents fears. That brings an interesting perspective to it though. A parent could use the movie as an opportunity to relate to their kids about the dangers of strangers too. I really like how the movie is balanced with good strangers and bad. Thanks for the sympathy too. ^_^ I don’t think my unemployment will be too bad. I’ve got some money saved up.

  2. Because you’re expecting it, but Corpse Bride was directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson not Henry Selick.

    I’ve this movie. Didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it. It was just so-so for me. My niece did watch it with my sister and the cat freaked her out.

    • Ah curses! You bested me again Charlie! I felt sure that I had researched and outlined enough not to make mistakes this time. *shakes a fist in your general direction* lol

  3. This was another great episode, and not just because you reviewed the movie I had requested. :) A very nice review. I’m going to put this episode on my daughter’s ipod. I think she’ll like hearing your take on things, especially the old lady/naked stuff which I think will be good for her to hear from other girls.

    I’ll have to check out that podcast you are looking to guest host on. I”m always looking for another podcast to listen to!

    • I can’t actually remember what we said about the old lady/naked stuff but I hope it was positive. lol Has your daughter ever seen the Labyrinth? Our podcast for it might not be kid friendly, but I always felt that movie had some positive messages for young girls. If I ever have a daughter, I’d want to her watch it. :) FYI, the time you had your daughter on your podcast I thought she was quite well spoken and eloquent about what you were reviewing. Looks like you might have a budding film critic on your hands.

  4. Great review of a great movie. True it might be a bit too scary for little kids (Coraline reaching into the cocoon with the other Spink and Forcible to get the soul sphere comes to mind), but at least it takes its audience seriously and doesn’t treat them like they’re stupid.

    I think, Coraline’s parents are supposed to come off as boring, so that Coraline is more than willing to consider staying in the other world. Until the other mother wanted to sew buttons in her eyes, that is. And Coraline’s frustration with her real parents probably comes from the fact that they both work from home, so they’re home all day, but still can’t do things with her since they’re working. She does miss them though, when they disappear and the scene with her in her parents’ bed with propped up pillows and her crying herself to sleep was really sad.

    The cat probably helped Coraline to get rid of the other mother, he didn’t seem to like her much either. Or he had some mysterious cat reason which we silly humans can never understand. 😛

    As for the addition of Wybie, I was really annoyed when I first heard it since Coraline didn’t need any boy to help her in the book. But he ended up being so likable that I didn’t mind. I do think though that he wasn’t added to give Coraline someone to talk to, but rather to appeal to little boys and get them to watch the movie. Since movie producers don’t think boys will watch movies with a female protagonist and girls somehow don’t get taken seriously as a target group.

    The soundtrack is pretty awesome, I immediately went out and bought it after seeing the movie. Also all the songs, apart from the Other Father song and the one from the other Spink and Forcible, are sung in gibberish. The one from the opening is called Mechanical Lullaby and the ending song is simply called End Credits. As for the 3D, I did see the movie in 3D in theaters, it looked pretty good to me, it’s clear this was filmed in 3D and not just converted.

    Guess I now have to finally go see Tangled so I’ll know what you’re talking about when you guys review. Can’t wait for the next podcast.

    P.S.: I’m sorry to hear about your upcoming unemployment, Kasey. I hope you’ll find something new and better soon.

    • Ah, sorry it took me awhile to get back to you. Life’s been busy. What is up with movie executives thinking that girls are not a viable market? They’re half of the kid market! I read about a study once where they found out that girls will emphasize with a boy hero, but boys won’t emphasize with a girl hero. But I always felt like that was a self fullfilling prophecy. Boys never get any practice, so how will they learn to emphasize with girl heroes?

      You should see Tangled. I think we’re going to talk about it. The next episode is going to be about the British tv show Merlin but after that I think we’re going to do Tangled. Its a fun watch. The characters are cute and the dialogue is witty, but it has lots of issues when you look below the surface of it.

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