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Coraline – the movie

February 21, 2009

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Coraline Jones has just moved to an old house with her parents.  She meets a young neighbor, Wybie, and he gives her a doll that he found at his grandmother’s, and it looks remarkably like Coraline.  Coraline’s parents are busy and she misses her old friends, so she feels sorry for herself.  She discovers an old locked door that is wallpapered over and goes exploring.  She encounters another world with another mother and father who look just like her parents, except they have buttons for eyes.  Everything in this other world seems better than the real world until her “other mother” wants to replace Coraline’s eyes with buttons.  There are other souls (including Coraline’s real parents) trapped in this other world and Coraline is forced to challenge her “other mother” to a game in order to save them.

kathy-in-3d-glassesCoraline is based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman.  It is an animated stop-motion movie produced in 3D.  That’s right – you get to wear those fun glasses while you view the movie.  (The picture was taken while the credits were rolling and people were leaving.)  Both Carl and I liked this movie a lot.  I loved that the main character is a strong, young female.  There was also a great moral about being satisfied with what you have.  The graphics are incredible, but neither Carl nor I thought the 3D aspect added much to the movie, and I felt a little woozy afterward.  This movie is not for very young children.

39 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2009 6:29 am

    I hope to get to this one soon! My parents loved it.

  2. February 21, 2009 6:36 am

    hehehe, love the 3D glasses. If everything goes as planned I’m watching it today 😀

  3. February 21, 2009 7:32 am

    I want to go see this movie soon! I probably will go to one of the non-3D showings. 3D movies give me headaches. I love the glasses though!

  4. February 21, 2009 7:40 am

    3D movies bother me the same way. But this movie sounds so wonderful.

  5. February 21, 2009 7:58 am

    But at least you looked cool in the shades.

  6. February 21, 2009 8:47 am

    Kathy, I love the picture of you in your 3D glasses! I really want to start reading Neil Gaimon. He seems like such a stand up person. What that film crew did for Dewey’s family will stay with me always. Danny really wants to see this movie. Thanks for the heads-up that it’s not for young children.

  7. February 21, 2009 8:57 am

    Cute picture! Did you see the youtube video about the woman who knitted the sweaters? It was incredible.

  8. February 21, 2009 9:55 am

    I tend not to go to movies (although I am not quite sure), but I definitely want to read this book.

  9. February 21, 2009 10:00 am

    lol, cute glasses! I haven’t been to a movie in ages. And I can’t take the little man to anything scary-ish, or I’ll have a clingy whimpering monkey…

  10. February 21, 2009 10:37 am

    I can’t do 3D movies. It triggers a migraine for me and I get woozy too. I love that you included a pic of you in the glasses. 3D glasses have come a long way haven’t they? I remember the old Elvira movies on Saturday night where you had to go get the red/blue glasses from a local convenience store in order to enjoy The Blog or Them or any of other B movies.

  11. February 21, 2009 10:45 am

    great review. i can’t wait to see Coraline!

  12. February 21, 2009 10:57 am

    I really don’t like 3D movies, the Hannah Montana one just about made my brain melt. (Or maybe it was the screaming hordes of 11 year olds…..)

    I was a bit creeped out by the ads, probably won’t see this one. But the book is a whole other story. I don’t know why, but I don’t like creepy movies, and yet love creepy books. Go figure!

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 21, 2009 11:00 am

    The ads were intriguing, but creepy. Do you have to wear the glasses?
    You are the third person who has said it’s good, so I’ll have to get to the theater this week.

    • February 21, 2009 11:19 am

      If you see the 3D version of this movie, it will appear fuzzy without the glasses.

  14. February 21, 2009 11:38 am

    Kathy, you look so cool in your 3D glasses. I hope to see this movie soon.

  15. February 21, 2009 1:24 pm

    My husband and I want to see this movie, but I don’t know if we’ll get a chance to before it leaves the theaters. Our kids are too young for the movie.

  16. February 21, 2009 1:52 pm

    Great review and I love the pic of you with the 3-D glasses. I definitelywant to see the movie. I should read the book first though.

  17. fleurfisher permalink
    February 21, 2009 4:19 pm

    Great review. I loved the book and I love the poster – so I’m really looking forward to the film!

  18. February 21, 2009 4:57 pm

    Can’t wait til it comes out here. I doubt they’ll have it in 3D though.

  19. February 21, 2009 5:14 pm

    I don’t think I could watch a full-length movie in 3-D. We had the kids at Disney World last week and watched the 3-D movies at the various parks. They’re short (maybe 10 minutes, max) … that’s my limit! One of the movies was “It’s tough to be a bug” and had “bug eyes” with antennae poking out of the top of them; too funny!

  20. MeMe permalink
    February 21, 2009 5:25 pm

    Kathy I thought it was a kids movie. When i find it PaPa and i will go……..
    sounds good………….

  21. February 21, 2009 5:33 pm

    Lucky! I can’t wait to see this 🙂

  22. February 21, 2009 5:33 pm

    “not for very young children” Even the book scared me! 🙂 Sounds like a fun one, though–and I do love Coraline (the character).

  23. February 21, 2009 6:17 pm

    I liked the book (although it scared me a bit!), and I’d like to see the movie. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  24. February 21, 2009 8:51 pm

    I’m undecided about whether or not to see this one. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it.

    On a different Neil Gaiman note, would you believe my library only has one copy of The Graveyard Book? I’ve been breezing by the G’s (and now the Newbery shelves) in the hopes that the book will magically appear, one day, but I finally decided to look in the database and I was stunned. I know my library is pitiful, but really . . . it’s a Newbery book!!

    Okay, done ranting. I’m glad you had a fun movie trip. 🙂

  25. February 21, 2009 9:30 pm

    Cute picture! Too scary for my five year old though.

  26. February 21, 2009 11:10 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of 3D type movies … I find them very distracting. And I’ve heard a bit about how they made this film and its sounds like it is visually amazing. I’m curious to see this, and I’m glad you gave the disclaimer that it is not for young children. I should probably just read the book though … I’m sure it is better.

  27. February 22, 2009 12:47 am

    **Sigh**

    Can’t remember the last time I went to the movies. Looks like you were having fun! 🙂

    I’ll have to see this one on DVD. Maybe they will package it with the glasses.

  28. February 22, 2009 4:57 pm

    The only 3D movie I’ve seen was Beowolf, and I also saw it in Imax. I thought the 3D was waaaay too much, lol.

    I keep trying to talk my mom into seeing this one, but she says it looks too scary. I offered to lend her the book beforehand, or tell her the plot, so I think I’m wearing her down. 😉

  29. February 22, 2009 6:26 pm

    I really want to see this in the theater! Our local reviewer said the 3-D effect was so-so, also.

  30. February 23, 2009 5:49 am

    I have watched only one 3D movie till date. I wanted to read this book so bad but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

    Now looks like I’ll get on to the movie directly if it releases here.

  31. February 23, 2009 12:19 pm

    I love the pic! I think the book and movie sound very entertaining.

  32. February 23, 2009 3:55 pm

    I liked this one, too, although I agree with you that the 3D did not add much after the opening sequence. But still, what a masterpiece of animation!

  33. February 23, 2009 8:00 pm

    I really want to see this movie!! Looks so cool!! Glad you liked it!! I don’t think it’s in 3-d at my theater…which is ok with me!!

  34. February 24, 2009 10:19 am

    Wow. 34 comments! It must be those glasses!! Coraline was the best stop motion animation I’ve ever seen. But I’m not running out to read the book.

  35. February 24, 2009 4:02 pm

    I loved this movie so much! The 3-D aspect was really cool. It was subtle, not like at a theme park, which was fine for me. The other mother creeped me out! Stop-motion is really interesting to watch. The whole time I’m wondering where they find people with that kind of patience.

  36. February 24, 2009 4:43 pm

    I really want to read this book and watch the movie. Thanks for the review!

  37. February 24, 2009 10:19 pm

    Love the pic Kathy! I’m glad you liked the movie.

  38. February 25, 2009 10:19 am

    Serena and I took The Girl to see the movie the weekend it came out. It was pretty good, though we saw a late show and I was very tired. The Girl was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have it in 3D in our area! We’re still at the halfway point in the book, so it will be interesting to see the differences between the book and movie.

    –Anna

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