Published October 26, 2022


Film info

  • Title Coraline
  • Director Henry Selick
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Family, Fantasy, Animation
  • Tagline Be careful what you wish for

Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door that leads her into a world that's just like her own... but better! But when this fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her 'other' Mother tries to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness and bravery to get home.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:12 Loving the blue hair.
8:08 “I think it’s perfect weather for gardening.” What, in the rain? I have some way to go.
10:01 Listing everything that’s blue seems like a fun game, actually.
14:56 Can’t decide if I’d want a doll that looks like me or if it would be creepy.
17:05 “No need to, this piano plays me.”
26:48 Hooray for French and Saunders!
34:21 Are they riding a mechanical grasshopper?
40:50 “Your school might be fun.” The most out of touch mother there is.
46:14 My word, those are some costumes. Or lack of.
53:26 The cat sounds a bit like the voice from Thriller.
55:28 I really like that starry jumper. Weird to be coveting fashion from an animation.
1:05:21 Burning the parents seems a bit extreme, even if it is only a doll.
1:15:30 This guy sounds a bit like Gru.
1:24:00 “Mr B’s not drunk, Ma, he’s just eccentric.”
1:29:52 Seems like a lot of tulips. Bit of variety would be better, no?


The animation of this film is absolutely gorgeous, it’s so well done, beautiful to look at. Every scene is basically a work of art. The voice acting is great too, featuring some of the best voices in the business, and particularly Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Unfortunately I think the story lets it down a bit. It’s quite drawn out, takes a long time to get going and get interesting, and ultimately feels quite rushed at the end. Not perfect but worth a look.

Rating: 3 / 5

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