ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Coraline (2009)

Updated on April 3, 2013

Experience a errily strange and fantastical animated journey like no other

"Coraline" has to be one of the most unique and interesting animated films ever made. Based off a children book, "Coraline" tells the story of a young girl whom wishes for a better life, after her parents decided to move outside into the country. Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is basically your average, curious, yet adventurous young lady, whom loves to explore and play all sorts of games. Unfortunately, feeling neglected by her own parents, whom are too wrapped up in their writing careers to pay much attention to Coraline. Needless to say, this causes Coraline to yearn for a better life, as she soon discovers a secret doorway, in her house, that unlocks the portal to another dimension. A dimension where the impossible is possible. Where magic and allure peaks around every corner. But most of all, where all fantasies come true. Indeed, Coraline truly feels she's found the perfect place to belong, outside her wretchedly boring normal life. However, what turns out to be magical wonder land full amazement, turns into a nightmare. As all is not what it seems in this magical realm. When Coraline turns down her Other Mother (the one from the magic realm) to stay there forever and abandon her real family, she soon discovers that this magical world, where fantasies come true, is nothing more than a cruel trick to lure her and trap her soul there forever. To make matters worse, the Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) kidnaps Coraline's real parents, so she must use every ounce of her resourcefulness and bravery if she ever wants to see them again, and set things right.

Out of all the animated movies I've ever seen, "Coraline" is by far one of the most unique since "Alice and Wonderland." Featuring amazing visuals that are unlike anything you'll ever see in other animated films. The stop motion animation is simply amazing, and quite breath taking. I couldn't believe my eyes, as the visuals will capture the imagination. Bringing back the inner child, in all of us, as one can't help but be in awe by it's amazing spectacle. Indeed, "Coraline" not only raises the bar of visuals, in a animated film, it redefines it. Raising it up to a whole new level; never before thought possible. A visual feast for anyone to see.

Plus, the story isn't that bad either. As the story not only invokes themes such as mystery, heart ache, bravery and adversity so well, the viewer won't be able to help but feel for Coraline's plight. Indeed, "Coraline" offers one of the most unique stories ever told; reminiscent of "Alice and Wonderland." Having the would be protagonist fall into a magical world, away from her mundane normal life, only to discover this wonderful new world is not what it seems. Realizing there is a much more darker presence lurking within this dark shadow world. That combined with the strong character development, where Coraline realizes what's truly important in her life, along with the visuals, will entrance and capture the heart of anyone who dare watches it. 

Even the voice acting was simply superb in the movie, as Terri Hatcher does an excellent job distinguishing the role of Coraline's mother, Mel Jones, with the role of the sinister Other Mother.  Not only is she able to make the characters sound similar, but she managed to give the Other Mother a underlining tone, that allows for the audience feel that there's not something quite right about her.  Even when she's trying to be nice to Coraline, making her the perfect antagonist in this movie.  Dakota Fanning is rather charming in her role, as the main protagonist, as she's able to bring her charismatic personality into the role.

Overall, "Coraline" is definitely one of best animated movies, I've ever had the pleasure of seeing.  As this film will stick with you, long after it's over.  Featuring great voice acting, visuals, and storyline.  This film is definitely a must see for anyone who loves animated films, or just loves movies.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Ann. I appreciate the compliment. Yeah, I think Coraline is probably one the best animated movies I ever seen, so trust me, you won't be disappointed if you see it.

    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      I'm not a big animation fan but I love that her name is not the norm of Caroline! It looks like a great watch and you always give justice to a movie..

    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      9 years ago

      Thanks again Paradise. Although I don't know if i would call it anime though. i think you mean animation. anime is usually a term used for japanese cartoons aka japanime. anyway, thanks for compliment again as it's always a pleasure hearing from you.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wonderful review. The anime is FANTASTIC!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)