Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh, Coraline...

Tom Tom and I caught a Sunday matinee of Coraline, the new 3-D stop-motion horror animation from Henry Selick, who also directed the Tim Burton-produced The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Coraline Jones, voiced by Dakota Fanning, moves into a weird, old apartment building called the Pink Palace, where she has eccentric neighbours and little attention from her parents.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Coraline discovers a small door that leads into an alternative world, or more like alternative version of her life (where everyone's alter ego, except her, has buttons for eyes), which seems great at first but quickly becomes a nightmare.

Teri Hatcher also provides character voicing and does quite a good job being creepy.

The flick is based a Neil Gaiman novella of the same name, and reminds me of an animated version of Pan's Labyrinth in concept.

Seeing Coraline is worth the $15.50 -- the cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful and scary at the same time. Make sure to see it in the theatre, folks.

And don't worry, everyone looks awkward in 3-D glasses.


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