Coraline (2009, USA) C-100m. *** D: Henry Selick. Starring (the voices of) Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, Ian McShane, Henry Selick. Adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel by Tim Burton associate Henry Selick is no disappointment. Coraline (not Caroline) Jones moves into a sinister old house with her busy parents and discovers a secret door that leads to a parallel world, where she is welcomed by her 'other' mother and father - only they have button eyes and show her much more affection. At first she doesn't realize the danger that lies in wait for her. Meticulously animated fantasy that might scare small kids, like the director's similar NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993). In the wondrous, incredibly detailed world of Coraline they forgot one thing, however: character development. The first stop-motion feature to be shot entirely in 3-D.

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