Coraline (2009) – Widge’s Movie Review

Coraline poster art

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?


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:45+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|Movie Reviews|3 Comments

Coraline (2009) – Rox’s Movie Review

Coraline movie poster

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.


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:51+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Coraline: The 3-D Trailer! Now in 2-D!

Dave McKean: Coraline

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.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

By | 2017-09-24T23:22:44+00:00 January 16th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s Xmas Gift to Everyone

The Neil provided a great present for his fans: an extraordinarily tasty snippet of the movie Coraline:

This is directed by Henry Selick (who did, among other things, Nightmare Before Christmas) and stars the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Ian McShane and French & Saunders. If you have not read the original book, you owe it yourself to buy it now. It’s probably the best YA dark fantasy/horror book I’ve ever read. You can read my review of it here.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

To see it in high-res Quicktime, check it out here.


By | 2017-09-24T23:23:28+00:00 December 25th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – Criterion Collection DVD Review

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou DVD cover art


Written by Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach
Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston


  • Running audio commentary by Anderson & Baumbach
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • “Talk show footage” with Anderson & Baumbach
  • Interview with composer Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Ten video performances of Seu Jorge singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese
  • Behind the scenes docu by actor/intern Matthew Gray Gubler
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Behind the scenes photo gallery and artwork
  • Trailer

Released by: Criterion/Touchstone.
Rating: R.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Sadly, skip it.


By | 2017-09-24T23:58:09+00:00 May 31st, 2005|DVD, Reviews|2 Comments

James and the Giant Peach (1996) – DVD Review

James and the Giant Peach


Written by: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Roberts, and Steve Bloom, based upon the novel by Roald Dahl
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Jane Leeves, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, and Pete Postlethwaite
Music by: Randy Newman


  • Making-of special
  • Still frame gallery with concept art and puppet designs
  • “Good News” music video
  • Original theatrical trailer

Released by: Disney
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: No.

My Advice: Own it.


By | 2017-09-25T00:02:22+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Special Edition (1993) – DVD Review

The Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition DVD cover art


Written by: Caroline Thompson, from story and characters created by Tim Burton, which were adapted by Michael McDowell
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring the Voices of: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, and Ken Page


  • Deleted scenes and animated sequences
  • Making-of feature
  • Storyboard to film comparison
  • Stills gallery of concept designs and art
  • Audio commentary with Henry Selick
  • Original theatrical trailers and posters
  • Two early Burton films: Frankenweenie (uncut) and Vincent

Released by: Buena Vista
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: No

My Advice: Own it.


By | 2009-11-29T04:32:47+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments