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Henry Selick (2008)

PG Certificate


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Henry Selick's stop-motion animation version of Neil Gaiman's celebrated children's book is just as darkly original as the director's earlier feature The Nightmare before Christmas. Here, stuck in dreary rural Oregon, 11-year-old Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) discovers a parallel world to her family's new home. This alternative reality offers more thrills and surprises than her own, seemingly dull, life. However, her near-perfect "Other Mother" (a deliciously wicked pantomime turn by Teri Hatcher) has a hidden agenda and schemes to make Coraline the latest in a long line of trophies. Coraline's dangerous predicament, coupled with the eye-popping set design, makes for a sinister and menacing universe that provides excitement and thrills, but may be a little too intense for younger viewers used to more sanitised fare.


A bored youngster finds a secret door leading to a magical world inhabited by idealised versions of her family and neighbours. Frustrated with her dull real life, she is tempted to stay in this new home - but she soon discovers there is a horrifying price to be paid. Stop-motion animated fantasy based on Neil Gaiman's novel, with the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher.

Cast & Crew

Coraline Jones Dakota Fanning
Mother / Other Mother Teri Hatcher
Miss Spink Jennifer Saunders
Miss Forcible Dawn French
Cat Keith David
Father / Other Father John Hodgman
Wybie Lovat Robert Bailey Jr
Mr Bobinsky Ian McShane
Director Henry Selick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Universal Pictures Int (UK)Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 May 2009
Drama Children's