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  • 2009
  • PG
  • 100min
  • 90%
  • 7.7 / 10

When boredom strikes her in her new house, Coraline decides to explore around. While roaming around, she discovers a secret door leading to an alternate world that closely resembles her own, but is, in all ways, better. She gets an offer to stay there in perpetuity, but she refuses and tries to find her way back to the real world.

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Gaiman was a huge fan of Selick’s 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy Halloween-Christmas film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Gaiman approached Selick to create a film adaptation for his novel Coraline. At the time, Gaiman was almost finished with his novel; he was already putting the finishing touches to his work. Selick was on board, but he thought the film adaptation’s duration would only be as short as 47 minutes, so he expanded the film’s screenplay. Over 450 people were hired to work on the film, including at least 30 animators and digital designers. Coraline premiered at the Portland International Film Festival. It was then theatrically released in the U.S. on February 6, 2009. It made over $124 million worldwide against a production budget of $60 million. On its opening weekend, it earned $16 million and placed third at the box office. Its accolades include a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. At the Annie Awards, it received the Best Music in an Animated Feature Production, Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production, and Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production.


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Coraline is a 2009 American 3D stop-motion animated dark fantasy horror film that follows a girl who discovers a parallel world where everything is better. Written and directed by Henry Selick, the film is based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel of the same name. It features voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher.