“The mice asked me to give you a message” “The jumping mice?” “They are saying, “Do not go through little door.”
Coraline was directed by Henry Selick, who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film is based on Neil Gaiman’s children’s book of the same title, and falls under the fantasy/horror genre of children’s movies. Many people think Coraline is a Tim Burton film, but he had no involvement with this movie.
This movie is one of the best children’s films out there – probably because it can barely be considered a children’s film. It is very intense, at some parts, but I felt the same way about The Princess and the Frog, and that is very much a children’s film. Coraline is bold, blunt, and brave, and definitely worth the watch no matter what your age is.
What makes this film unique: The art style, and the storyline. I know we’ve all seen stop-motion animation, especially during Christmastime, but Coraline is not cheesy, or sloppy. The art is dark, matching the style of Gaiman’s novel. The story is complex, riveting, and doesn’t end where you think it will. There is no easy way out, like in most children’s movies. Coraline has to fight to control her destiny, and fight to fix her mistakes.
Most underrated characters: The mice, who seem to know what’s going on the entire time; the cat, for obvious reasons.