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Stop-Motion Animation: Coraline

The stop-motion animation movie Coraline is based on a fantasy book by Neil Gaiman. Learn more about the film after the break.

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Coraline, released in 2009, is a fantasy stop-motion animation film. Although it may seem that the story is geared towards children, it appeals to adults as well. The story revolves around Coraline, a girl who has just moved in to an old house with her parents. With nothing to do, she wanders around the house and finds an entrance to a parallel world where she encounters someone who looks like her mother but having buttons for eyes. Although the parallel universe offers Caroline all she could ask for, she soon realizes that the other mother wants to keep her there forever. Coraline has to muster up the courage to find a way back to her real home.

The director of the film, Henry Selick, is best known for his work on several stop-motion animation films including James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He worked on the screenplay for several years before getting it ‘right’. Since the film was based on Neil Gaiman’s book with the same title, there were several parts of the book that seemed off when translated into the big screen. Neil Gaiman encouraged Henry Selick to make a few adjustments to the story in order to make it apt for a film adaptation. Henry Selick describes the movie as a ‘modern but dark fairy tale’.

Film Facts:

  • Coraline is the very first stop-motion animation film that was shot completely in 3D.
  • The pre-production of the movie lasted for 2 years and the shoot took 18 months to complete.
  • 183,000 square-feet of space was used as a studio for the shooting.
  • 130 sets were built for the film.
  • 28 puppets in different sizes were made for the character of Coraline alone.
  • The snow used was made out of baking soda and superglue.
  • One crew member was solely dedicated to knitting small sweaters for the puppets.

Here’s a look at the film’s trailer:

Read more articles on the ‘Stop-Motion’ series:
Stop-Motion Animation: Mary and Max
Stop Motion Animation: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

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written by jeanmendoza


  1. basterda


    This film is too creepy for kids! Loved it, though!

    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  2. lomonesia


    you right basterda.when i was look this video at the night until the end,i can't sleep

    about 3 years ago · report as spam

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