Coraline

 
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Release date: Feb. 5, 2009

Based on: Coraline (2002 novel by Neil Gaiman)

Directed by: Henry Selick

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane

Budget: $60 million

Box office: $124.6 million

 

An adventurous girl finds an idealized parallel world behind a locked door.

A dark and interestingly designed film, Coraline throws its viewers and main character head first into a fascinating dichotomy of parallel worlds. In one exists a humdrum life full of normality and boring parents focused on work with a few interesting characters peppered into the mix. The other offers a wondrous magnificence full of color where everything Coraline wishes for in the first world magically finds its way. The story these worlds emanate from is an engaging adventure where viewers are reminded to be careful what they wish for and that not everything is as it initially appears at first glance.

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The film also has a great villain who makes use of intricately designed plans in order to construct a tangled web of deception. Notably, the deceit is so complex that upon the first few glances, the audience may be able to feel something is amiss, but cannot quite make out what is wrong about what is taking place. The villain is done wonderfully well to put the audience on equal footing with Coraline, throwing both of them into the elaborate world and letting them piece together everything happening. Further, once Coraline fully understands what is happening and needs to be done, it’s enjoyable to watch how she goes about unraveling the villain’s designs.

The film does have its issues and while they don’t ruin the film at all, they are pretty apparent. One comes in its pacing as the film seems unsure of the speed of the ride it wants to take its audience on, though it does sort itself out by the end of the story. Additionally, Fanning does give a generally good performance throughout the film. However, there are a few areas where she drops the accent she’s been using and, for the span of maybe a sentence or two, veers in a completely different direction. One instance sees her using heavy stresses she hadn’t made use of during the film at all and it’s really noticeable

It’s definitely an entertaining film and worth watching at least once if not many times over.  

Awards

Won

BAFTA Awards

  • BAFTA Children’s Award - Best Feature Film

AFI Awards, USA

  • Movie of the Year

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards

  • EDA Female Focus Award - Best Animated Female (Coraline Jones)

Annie Awards

  • Character Design in a Feature Production

  • Music in a Feature Production

  • Production Design in a Feature Production

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Alliance of Women Film Journalists - EDA Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

American Cinema Editors, USA - Eddie Awards

  • Best Edited Animated Feature Film

Annie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

  • Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Character Design in a Feature Production

  • Directing in a Feature Production

  • Production Design in a Feature Production

  • Storyboarding in a Feature Production

  • Voice Acting in a Feature Production (Dawn French, for playing “Miss Forcible”)

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Black Reel Awards

  • Best Voice Performance (Keith David)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Denver Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Original Song (Song: “Other Father Song”)

Gold Derby Awards

  • Animated Feature

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Trippiest Movie of the Year

  • Best Animated Movie of the Year

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

International Cinephile Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best Original Score for an Animated Film

International Online Cinema Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR Animation in a Feature Film

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA

  • Best Production Design

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Animated Picture

  • Best Titles Sequence

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

PGA Awards

  • Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

  • Best Film

Russian National Movie Awards - Georges Award

  • Best Animated Movie

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Sydney Film Festival Awards

  • Sydney Film Prize - Best Film

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (For Coraline)

  • Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actor/Actress (Dakota Fanning)