Step into the worlds of Coraline


So, has everyone been out to see Coraline yet? And more importantly did you see it in 3D? This is a great movie to discover (or rediscover if you are a little over the hill like me) the magic of 3D. Even the smaller cinemas like Australian Cinemas Nerang have now got 3D available so even the budget conscious viewers don’t have to miss out.

Coraline, for those of you who have had your heads buried in the sand, is a story about a girl who moves into a new house with her parents and, while on school break, is bored out of her tree. Her parents are workaholics and she is surrounded by fruity neighbours.

Coraline discovers an ‘Other World’ through a door in her lounge room. In the Other World she finds her Other Mother, Other Father and lots of Other things that seem close to perfect. Everything is fun and exciting and her Other parents actually want to make her happy.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that despite all its amazingness there is something seriously wrong with the Other World. The fact all people in the Other World have buttons for eyes is a little bit of a giveaway, especially when Other Mother wants to replace Coraline’s eyes with them. Coraline goes on an adventure to save her parents, some friends she makes along the way and herself from the clutches of Other Mother.

Coraline is based on the story by Neil Gaiman, the legendary author of works like Stardust, the Sandman graphic novel series, and Mirrormask. It has been brought to our big screens by Henry Selick the maker of other great films like Nightmare before Christmas and James and the giant peach. Neil Gaiman’s story has been somewhat developed giving the events more depth.

The most impressive change was to add a garden to the story. I hear you saying “a garden, how uneventful” but this is no ordinary garden. When Coraline crosses over to her Other World she finds this garden. It is beautiful, what Coraline would want in a garden, until she she starts being attacked by the carnivorous plants. This garden is particularly wonderful in 3D as things snap out at you. For all you arty people check out the Coraline movie website which allows you to go into her garden and design your own flowers.

My favourite parts are the spooky scenes, especially the giant spider attack, and I love the cat with attitude. Any movie that can have a cat as a hero wins a thumbs up from me. This movie, although a little spooky, is for anyone who wants to team up with a gutsy girl, step into an awesome imaginary world and fight the baddies.

The library has Coraline as a graphic novel or as a paperback so check out the different ways that storytellers imagine a story.


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6 Responses to “Step into the worlds of Coraline”

  1. Timothy Says:

    Mia: I’ve heard excerpts of Neil Gaiman reading this, and yes, he does it creepier and less whimsical.

  2. Mia Says:

    I liked the movie (and you beat me to writing a review!) but the book is still better. As much as I liked Coraline’s blue hair, I had always envisaged the story as darker and less whimsical than the movie made it seem.

    That said, anything by Neil Gaiman on the big screen is worth seeing.

  3. Jodi Says:

    It was an entertaining movie but I’d have to wonder what it could do the the head of a small child

  4. Timothy Says:

    I was way out of the loop for this!

    Apparently, TMBG were hired to do the entire soundtrack, did ten songs, then were told “Sorry, we’ve changed the tone. We want it creepier. And it isn’t a musical anymore.” so they cancelled the project and just kept “The Other Father Song”.

    I’ve already heard one of the other songs. “Careful What You Pack” from “The Else” is from the Coraline soundtrack. It’s on Youtube at It was for near the start of the movie.

  5. Timothy Says:

    My favorite moment was the unexpected song by They Might Be Giants.

    I’m a bit of a fan (I get their podcasts) and somehow I missed that they’d been involved.

  6. Bindi Says:

    OK, you’ve convinced me. I’ll go and see it as soon as possible.

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