Coraline “Not Caroline” Jones is one of the most dangerous things known to humanity: a smart kid who is bored. Unlike the young lumpenproletariat who merely engages in standard juvenile delinquency, these young masters of disaster make nitroglycerin in the bathtub, or hack into various federal agencies, or perform science experiments on their siblings. But even more than that: Coraline belongs to that elite class where their troublemaking is not restricted to this plane of existence. She travels to a world which is similar to ours but not quite. In this other world, there is her Other Mother and her Other Father–they’re like Coraline’s parents, but with crucial differences. Those being that her Other Parents pay attention to Coraline, cook her non-exotic food, and just basically love her to pieces. Even her neighbors are far more interesting and the whole apartment building seems alive with magic. Of course, everyone having buttons for eyes is a little off-putting. And the Other Mother seems really needy. Especially when she wants Coraline to stay and have buttons installed as well. Coraline is going to have to be very brave and very clever because the Other Mother simply does not take ‘No’ for an answer.
So we’ve been fans of Coraline since way back. And the movie was fantastic. And now it’s hitting DVD thanks to Universal Home Entertainment…and they shot us a copy of the single-disc DVD to give away. It hits next week on July 21st.
Want to win the copy? Sure. Enter using the form below and enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it. Good luck!
Because if you want to read an entire site devoted to this stuff, be our guest. But trust us, the news is still fresh when we get around to sharing it. And we get it out of the way quickly so you can grit your teeth and get it over with. Enjoy.
You can take a look at the round-up of various previous versions of Holmes here. Thanks to Occasional Superheroine (@ohsuperheroine) for the headsup.
Written by: Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane
My Advice: Don’t miss it
Coraline (voiced by Fanning) is a young girl who finds herself uprooted from her friends and school by her parents, instead living in a converted house in Oregon called The Pink Palace. Her mother (Hatcher) is a bit domineering and her father (Hodgman) is a bit distracted (and unhealthy looking…Jesus, even I look better than that…WTF, Mr. Selick?) but it appears they’re preoccupied but loving and trying to get by. Coraline, though, being bored and trapped in a new place, desires more. And she finds it in spades when she discovers a hidden door–it leads to a world populated by her Other Parents. Everything’s perfect over there–her parents exist just to entertain her and feed her and clothe her and love her…but what’s the price for all this attention? And what does it mean to her real parents and real life?
Written by: Henry Selick, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
Music by: Bruno Coulais with a song by They Might Be Giants
My Advice: See it Twice. Once in 3D and once in 2D.
Coraline Jones (Fanning), a bored and precocious girl, moves to Oregon where her very busy parents (voiced by Hatcher and Hodgman) write a gardening catalog. She goes outside to investigate her new surroundings. There she finds a boarded up well, a mysterious cat (David), a very talkative boy named Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) and eventually an odd doll that resembles her, which Wybie brings from his grandmother’s house.
NOTCOT posted something that I thought, at first, was a joke: Coraline shoes by Nike. Not that there’s anything wrong with Coraline shoes, but when I first read the book, I had no idea that we’d be seeing Hardee’s tie-in toys and…well, Nike products based on the concept. And as much as I appreciate Neil Gaiman, and have thought many things about him–never was one of my thoughts “This is a man who needs a high-top basketball shoe created for him.” Scents, sure. But shoes?
But now that precedent has been set, I thought that it would be relatively simple to create a list of other shoes that would be based on Neil’s work. But before I set upon creating some sort of list of Top 10 Footwear Based on the Work of Neil Gaiman, I had already gotten bored with the idea. Then I had a better idea.
I’m going to get you to do it. Conceive of/design a pair of shoes based on something Neil Gaiman has created. If you can actually draw: draw them, upload them to Flickr (or wherever) and send me a link. If you can’t draw (like me), write a detailed description of what they would look like. This isn’t a guessing game–tell me what you’re basing the shoes on. Also “Black — based on what Neil wears everyday” is not sufficient. So throw that out right now.
The movie coming out is, of course, Coraline. And to celebrate its impending arrival, we think you should get a chance to win some movie swag.
We’ve got three prize packs to give away, all of them Coraline, and each one contains: a tie-in book, a button set, a pen, a t-shirt, an “Alphabet Collector Card,” and a bookmark. But first, have a kickass trailer:
It’s like Reader’s Digest for entertainment news. But snarkier. Enjoy.
The Neil points out that somebody shot the Coraline trailer, apparently from the audience. This is a 3-D trailer and naturally shooting from what I guess was a phone camera isn’t going to give you the same effect, but as he also points out–when people are oohing that probably means “3-D shot.”
Bear in mind this trailer, even in 3-D, is nowhere near as creepy as the movie itself should be. So.