Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Coraline by Laika

“Be careful what you wish for.”

With Halloween just around the corner it’s the perfect time to check out a copy of Coraline, a brilliant film about a girl in a magical world told through stop-motion animation that will take your breath away. This PG film has a creepy fairytale vibe that makes it a good choice for getting the whole family into the spooky spirit.

"I didn't know I had another mother."
Coraline goes through an event that is rather common in stories starring kids—Moving. Normally this would be resolved with making some new friends and maybe winning a baseball game or science fair. But that’s not happening for our protagonist Coraline. Instead, one night Coraline discovers a hidden door leading to a fantastic world where everything—her neighbors, her house, her mother—is completely different and so much BETTER! But looks can be deceiving, and as this world pulls Coraline in deeper the true nature of it comes to light.

"Is that any way to talk to your Mother?"
Animation studio Laika is the producer of this film, and the team is full of amazing names, including Henry Selick who directed ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. Stop-motion animated films are few and very far between, with Laika producing the most prominent recent examples, including the critically applauded summer film ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’. The crafting of these movies is fascinating, and extremely impressive! Physical puppets are manipulated just a fraction and have their photo taken—24 times a second! It can take over a week to produce just ONE MINUTE of film! That’s reason enough to see this movie, to appreciate that hard work!
Just a reminder: It takes 24 pictures to make ONE second
Coraline is based on the book of the same title by best-selling author Neil Gaiman. Be sure to take a peek at some other Laika stop-motion masterpieces, like Paranorman and Box Trolls. Not enough stop-motion? Be sure to also check out Disney classics The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach!

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