I just finished watching a gem of a movie, an animated number called "Coraline."
And man was it awesome... Stop reading this and go watch it!
Or... just read on... but make sure you watch it afterwards!
So I was down at the local video store today, trying to find something to entertain me for the night... when my buddy Wilson was like "hey that's that stop motion movie!". Since it has been a while since I've seen a Stop-Motion film... I decided to get it.
Henry Selick, the genius behind "Nightmare before Christmas", Coraline is the first stop- motion feature to be shot in 3D. This gives the film a strange sense of depth that looks very cool. In fact... not since "Nightmare..." have I seen an animated feature that not only delights... but creates an atmosphere that is both pretty and creepy. The style of animation lends life to the characters in a way that other forms of animation just couldn't have. Looking at it, one can tell that this movie was a labor of love for its crew. All 450 of em according to Wikipedia.... shooting for 18 months following 2 years of pre- production.
The movie follows the adventures of a little girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) who has just moved into a new house. She is your average little girl, with the average issues that normal little girls probably go through. Sadly though she feels that her parents don't have enough time for her. And they're always preoccupied by other things to take any real interest in her life.
But one day she makes a friend who gives her a doll... a doll that looks just like her. But where did the doll come from? Who made it?
Lets just say the doll holds more secrets than it lets on, and eventually Coraline does meet the dolls maker. What follows is a night mare adventure that makes for a great film.
I don't want to give anything away... but the story is very good. And why wouldn't it be? It's based on a graphic novel by none other than Neil Gaiman.
I didn't know this going in, I only found out that Gaiman made it after I looked it up. But it all made so much sense afterwards.
Coraline is a trip to watch... with colors and imagery that makes you wonder where the creators bought their stash. There's a malevolent sense of dread and eeriness through out the movie... which makes it a lot of fun.
Things never seem right...
The novel has been compared to the likes of Louise Caroll's Alice in wonder land, and watching the film... you totally see why. I would love to just rant on and on about the movie and tell you about all the cool things in it... but I really don't want to spoil it for any one who hasn't seen it. But do your self a favor and watch it.