At The Movies: Coraline

Enjoy a movie night out with your tween, teen or your daring 7- or 8-year-old with a trip to the theatre to see Coraline, the “Real3D” stop motion animated wonder directed by Henry Selick (director of The Nightmare Before Christmas) and based on the story by Neil Gaiman.

Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) recently moved to a new apartment with her parents. While exploring her new home, Coraline stumbles upon a small door that leads her to a parallel world similar to hers. There, she has Other Parents (including an Other Mother played by Terri Hatcher) who want nothing but for Coraline to feel welcome and is met with incredible sights including a mouse circus and a living, breathing garden. But when her Other Parents try to keep their “new daughter” forever, Coraline must find a way to return to her real home and save her family.

Tweens and teens will be delighted with this fantastical movie appealing to anyone who has ever wished for a life different than their own. Coraline is the only stop motion animation shot in 3D giving the movie an odd sense of realism. For younger movie-goers, this subtle realism lends strength to certain frightful scenes including a skeletal, button-eyed and clawed true-self of the Other Mother. However, if they’re fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride, this should be right up their alley.

—Samantha, CF‘s online editorial assistant

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