Coraline: You will never look at buttons the same way again.

After reading the kids horror book by Neil Gaiman, I was pretty happy to hear that an animated film was in the works. As soon as I could, I saw the film, keeping my expectations at medium. After seeing it, I wasn’t totally sure how to describe it. Weird, I guess.

In the film, a young girl named Coraline, after moving to a boring, dull town, finds a weird door in her house that leads to a mirror dimension that looks exactly like hers, only more exciting and fun. Thing is, her “Other” parents, which is what the parents in the other dimension are called, want her to stay with them forever.

The film is animated using stop-animation with puppets, adding to a haunting look, and rest assured, not as ugly as Wallace and Grommit.

The film is a surprsing breath of fresh air from most crude kid films nowadays. The script isn’t silly, the voice acting is actually good, and its not kiddish and doesn’t dumb it down for the audience. Coraline herself can be a brat, but not hard to root for.

She has buttns for eyes? Really.

Henry Selick makes a dazzling world where the beautiful can become ugly and grim in an instant. The other mom makes such a startling transformation that makes you wonder if she really ever looked normal.

Dakota Fanning and Terri Hatcher are both very good here, and the film never feels too long.

A normal family breakfast.

This is one kids film that adults can enjoy too without feeling guilty or silly. So enjoy it guilt free, and refrain from thinking about buttons that night.

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