Really scary kids movies: Coraline


Coraline, a Neil Gaiman novella, published in 2002, was released as a 2009 stop-motion animated horror movie – written and directed by Henry Selick. The film was made with the permission and collaboration of Gaiman.

The film tells the story of Coraline Jones, a 11-year-old girl who moved with her parents to a new town in Oregon, who discovers an idealized parallel universe behind a secret door in her new home, unaware that it contains a dark secret.

Coraline: the movie (2009)




When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels annoyed and left behind by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked-up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes. There are also two considerate parents, and all her dreams are coming true.


When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her.


How the movie differs from the novella:

In short, in the movie, Coraline is quick to accept the new world that the Other Mother has created for her, finding it much more colourful and enjoyable than her own dull life. In the novella, Coraline is mistrustful right away. She knows something is wrong and quickly uses her brains to figure out what is actually going on and work her way out of it.

Most of the major variations came from the terrifying moments and details of the novella. Whereas the movie is both whimsical and magical, the book is much darker.

5 Fun facts about Coraline:

At one hour and forty minutes long, this is the longest stop-motion film to date.


To construct one puppet of Coraline, ten individuals had to work 3 to 4 months.


Many people have tried to decipher the meanings behind the lyrics of the haunting soundtrack to Coraline.

Although it sounds like some strange language, it is just a lot of gibberish words that really mean nothing.

On a side note, one singer in the choir that sang the gibberish words, was named Coraline, although she had no connection to the character or book.


1,300 square feet of fake fur was applied to stand in for live and/or dead grass.


Coraline has also been made into a stage musical, produced by MCC Theatre in New York, with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields.

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