Coraline. 2009. USA. Directed by Henry Selick. 100 min.
Based on the book by Neil Gaiman. With the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman. Coraline is the first in the Laika studio’s bravura trilogy of features centered on lost and neglected children whose frustrations lead them to alternate realities of marvelous and frightening dimensions. A hidden door in her new home provides a bored girl with a second set of parents, but these affectionate, button-eyed creatures are secretly determined to steal her humanity. Director Selick (Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas) makes the finely tailored craftsmanship that characterizes Laika’s puppetry into a subtle thematic element of the production. Courtesy of Focus Features.