I love animation. It is the only way stories like that of a holiday trying to take over another holiday, or of a robot falling in love could be told. One form of the medium that I particularly enjoy is stop-motion animation, AKA claymation. It adds something to the story, something that no other form of animation has. I don’t know what it is. Maybe is the extra effort that stop motion animators go through that adds more passion to the project. This is the effect it had on Coraline, it would not have worked with any other type of animation, or live action.
Coraline is the story of a girl named Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who moves with her parents(Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) to the “Pink Palace,” a house in the middle of a bleak place. She has three colorful neighborghs and meets a kid that lives with his grandmother, who owns the place. She doesn’t like her life and wants to be anywhere but there. One day, she find a door that leads her to another world where everything, from her “other parents” and the food is much better. However, nothing is what it seems, and she’ll soon learn that you have to be careful what you wish for.
This movie is easily the best of its kind since The Nightmare Before Christmas (also directed by Henry Selick). The story and the medium in which it is told are a perfect fit. The animation adds another layer of imagination to the story. It makes the whole “this happens in another world” seem more realistic. The animation just took my breath away. As for the cast, they are all excellent. Dakota Fanning is not annoying and Teri Hatcher is really scary. The rest of the supporting cast, including Ian McShane, are also great.
Coraline is an amazing movie. It oozes creativity and grabbed me from the very beginning. The only reason I did not give it 4 stars is because I didn’t see it in 3D, and that would have been a perfect way to see it. I can’t wait to see what Selick does next.