Thursday, February 5, 2009

What Exactly Is Coraline...

So, this is one of the first weeks of this new year that has more than one new film release of note. However, there is one film in particular that doesn't really have the biggest buzz, at least in mainstream web circles. I'm here to change that a little bit, and hopefully turn you all onto a little film that will be released this Friday, known as Coraline.

Coraline is the newest film from Nightmare Before Christmas/James and The Giant Peach director (NOT Tim Burton), Henry Selick, and while sure, he made Monkeybone, David Fincher did Alien 3, so all directors have slip ups.

And not only does it have a great director behind it, it has as great of starting material as one could ask for.

Coraline is a new stop motion animation film that is based on the 2003 Huggo Award winning horror novella, from British writer, Neil Gaiman. The novel has been often compared to Lewis Carroll's beloved Alice In Wonderland, due to it's surrealist feel and story based around an alternate reality.

The story revolves around a young girl who walks through a secret door in her new home only to discover an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family. (Thanks to IMDB for the summation of the plot)

It's also a rare chance to check out a film done in completely stop motion animation. Sure, there are films like Wallace and Gromit, or even Corpse Bride, but this just seems to take that style to a whole 'nother level.

It features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, and Ian McShane, and will be hitting theatres this Friday in normal film, and Real-D. So instead of heading out to He's Just Not That Into You or Pink Panther 2, maybe you should throw on the goofy glasses and get lost in the world of Coraline.

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Go see something good!

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