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* ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', a 2002 novella written by NeilGaiman.

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* ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', a 2002 novella written by NeilGaiman.Creator/NeilGaiman.
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* ''Film/{{Coraline}}'', a 2009 movie [[TheFilmOfTheBook adaption of the aforementioned novella]].

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* ''Film/{{Coraline}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', a 2009 movie [[TheFilmOfTheBook adaption of the aforementioned novella]].
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* ''Film/{{Coraline}}'', a 2009 [[TheFilmOfTheBook adaption of the aforementioned novella]].

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* ''Film/{{Coraline}}'', a 2009 movie [[TheFilmOfTheBook adaption of the aforementioned novella]].
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->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQC0QVXa33o What is there to be frightened of, about buttons?]]''\\
-- '''NeilGaiman'''

->''AMAZING!''\\
-- '''Coraline''', after viewing the mouse circus. The line is often used to describe the film.

A 2002 novella written by NeilGaiman. Coraline Jones is a girl with loving but distracted and inattentive parents. Having recently moved into a new home, she finds life boring. Then, one afternoon, she opens a mysterious door in her house. And behind that door lies a different world where Coraline finds doting parents who give her wonderful toys and home-cooked meals. But something oddly sinister lurks just beneath the surface...

TheFilmOfTheBook, with Henry Selick of ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' fame as director and writer, was released February 6, 2009. It's the first StopMotion animation filmed in 3-D (however, the 3-D viewings were in limited locations for a few weeks). It's been well received by critics and moviegoers alike, and - despite being a source of HighOctaneNightmareFuel - is still okay for the braver kids. It's been hailed as a throwback to [[TheEighties 1980s]] fantasy films like ''ReturnToOz'', ''TheDarkCrystal'', and ''{{Labyrinth}}'', and quite a few have called it the best 3-D movie they've seen. It also may be one of the few instances, if not the only one, where people claim the movie is better than the book it's based upon.

Is it premature to assign it classic status?

The book is very, very, ''very'' much WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids The movie is intentionally less so, although YourMileageMayVary.
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!!This book includes ''examples of, or the sources for'' (the adaptation's tropes have their own section further down):

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[[folder: Book examples]]
* AllPowerfulBystander: The Other Mother.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: The Other Mother just wants something to love other than herself... and feed, dress, and [[spoiler: suck the LifeForce out of.]]
* AllUpToYou
* AndYouWereThere
* AnimalMotifs: The novel describes the Other Mother using various bits of spidery imagery; she's made into a full-blown spider lady in the film.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: The Other Father.]]
* BadBadActing: The illusion the Other Mother shows Coraline, of her parents coming home from a holiday to try and make her think her parents don't love her. Coraline actually doubts whether it was true or not...for about ten seconds.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: It's even the tagline for TheMovie, as pictured above.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They just might try to [[spoiler: [[EyeScream sew buttons onto your eyes]].]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil:[[spoiler: Black ''button'' eyes of evil.]]
* BodyHorror: Geez, where do you start?
* CartoonCheese: Straight and averted: cheese in the real world is realistic in shape and size, and is different colours. In the other world cheese comes only in massive wheels and is full of holes.
* CatchPhrase: Almost everyone Coraline meets on her first visit to the other world says "for ever and always."
* CatsAreMean: Subverted. [[DeadpanSnarker Kind of]].
* CatsAreSnarkers
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: "Protective Coloration", anyone?]]
* CoolGate
* CreativeSterility: The Other Mother suffers from this -- it's actually a major plot point.
* CreepyBasement: CREEPY? Try absolutely ''terrifying''.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot
* DarkWorld
* DefangedHorrors: Believe it or not. It's scary, but it's scary in a way that kids can usually handle.
* DownTheRabbitHole
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The passageway between the worlds turns out to be one of these towards the end.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: The Other Mother swears on her right hand she'll let Coraline go if she wins their game. Technically speaking, by having her right hand follow Coraline after the Other Mother breaks her word, she's keeping up her end of the bargain.]]
* EyeScream
* FaceRevealingTurn
* FairyTale
* TheFairFolk: The Other Mother is heavily implied to be this. Her other name, the beldam, is a synonym for witch, but might be a play on words related to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Belle_Dame_sans_Merci poem]] about a fairy that lures knights to her hill and sucks the life out of them. "Belle Dame" is homophonous, it being French for "Beautiful Lady" and "Step-mother" for that matter. And if we know anything about [[WickedStepmother fairy tales]]....
** One of the ghost children is also a fairy.
** That stone-with-a-hole-in-it? That's a self-bored stone, which according to CelticMythology tradition would allow you to see through faerie illusions.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What happened to the ghost children, and what would happen to Coraline.
* FemmeFatalons: The Other Mother.
* GlamourFailure: The Other Mother doesn't show up in mirrors. When Coraline asks her why, she simply replies that mirrors can't be trusted.
* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler: The transformed Other Miss Spink and Miss Forcible]] and by the end, [[spoiler: what's left of the Other Father.]]
* HartmanHips: It's a mother thing.
* HelpingHands
* IronicNurseryTune: The creepy chant sung by the rats. Sadly absent from the film.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Miss Spink and Miss Forcible.
* ImpossibleTask
* IncrediblyLamePun: After her parents disappear, Coraline remarks to Miss Spink and Miss Forcible that she thinks she's become a "single-child family".
* InfantImmortality: Averted [[spoiler: when the fate of the three ghost children is shown. Played straight with Coraline herself.]]
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: The self-bored stone, courtesy of the Misses. They're good for bad things...or was it lost things? Anyway, it [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest might help...]]
* KidHero: Coraline.
* KnifeThrowingAct
* LeanAndMean: The Other Mother. This is always the case in the book, but in the film she starts off being identical to the real Mrs. Jones and switches to this trope when Coraline starts screwing things up for her.
* MagicalLand
* MindControlEyes
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Or Caroline, either.
* NewHouseNewProblems: The book starts with Coraline and her family moving.
* NonHumanSidekick: The cat.
* TheObiWan: The cat.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass
* PapaWolf: Coraline tells the Cat a story of how she and her father stumbled into some bees, her father grabbed Coraline and ran for it, making sure she was protected from the bees, and got the majority of the bee stings.
* PlotCoupon: The souls of the Ghost Children.
* PluckyGirl: Coraline.
* PoliceAreUseless: Coraline calls the police to report her parents kidnapped, but is told to go to bed by the cop. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], since she told him her parents were stuck in a mirror...
* SeeThruSpecs
* SelfMadeOrphan: The Other Mother.
** "I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" "Oh yes, I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back."
* StrangeGirl: Coraline.
* StylisticSuck: Coraline's Story.
* TalkingAnimal: The cat.
* ThresholdGuardians
* {{Toys}}
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* UrbanFantasy
* VampireInvitation: Children can't have buttons sewn into their eyes unless they agree to it.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: There are quite a few people shocked that this book was written for children. It actually grew out of bedtime stories Neil Gaiman was telling his daughter. He was delighted to learn that she was "a miniature [[TheAddamsFamily Wednesday Addams.]]"
* WickedStepmother: The Other Mother.
* WickedWitch: The Other Mother.
* WigDressAccent: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Coraline tells her parents a story about confusing alien abductors by wearing a wig and talking in a foreign accent.
* {{Yandere}}: The Other Mother.
* YouDirtyRat: Good world = mice. Bad world = rats. Simple.
* XMeetsY: ''StephenKing'' meets ''AliceInWonderland''.
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!! The film adaptation of ''Coraline'' contains the following examples:

[[folder: Film examples]]
* [[ThreeDMovie 3D Movie]]
* AbandonedWarehouse: Where the movie was made.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Bobinsky.
* AdaptationExpansion: The new character of Wybie, the [[CreepyDoll Coraline doll]], and the extended trips into the other world.
** More backstory is given to Coraline and her parents, explaining why they ignore her so much and why she would be willing to abandon them for a dream world so casually.
** Apparently Gaiman himself requested this trope. He saw that the original script was almost exactly like the book and told them to make some changes. After all, if someone wanted something ''exactly'' like the book, they had the book.
* {{Adorkable}}: Wybie.
* AdultsAreUseless: Partly averted. Bobinsky, Spink and Forcible, and later, Coraline's mother, each give Coraline warnings against danger (it's only because she ignores them that the warnings amount to nothing), and [[spoiler: Spink and Forcible give Coraline an important piece of AppliedPhlebotinum that turns out to be a useful tool in finding the ghost children's eyes.]]
** [[spoiler: Wybie's grandmother also suspects that the house had something to do with her vanished sister and thus tries to keep other children from staying there.]]
** [[spoiler: The Other Father also tries to fight The Other Mother's control because he doesn't want to hurt Coraline. Before he plummets to his death, he tosses her one of the souls she needs to escape.]]
* AdultFear: The chilling, very real fear of many working parents is that harm could come to their child because they're too busy to pay attention to them. Coraline's parents aren't purposefully neglecting her, but it is their lack of attentiveness that leads to their daughter getting into some serious trouble...
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Mr. Bobinsky. It is implied via the medal he wears that his blue skin (and possibly eccentric disposition) is due to being one of the Liquidators who cleaned up Chernobyl.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Wybie is a very pale African-American with brown curly hair. It's possible he's actually mixed-race; his grandmother is more obviously black.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: Other Father.]]
* AudioErotica: Sort of. Teri Hatcher as Coraline's mother/Other Mother and KeithDavid as the Black Cat.
* BadassAdorable: Coraline.
* BalloonBelly: Averted. Despite the fact that one scene implies that Coraline downs at least one pizza, more than ten cupcakes, a few hotdogs and a bunch of other snacks, her flat stomach never shows an extra pound.
* BeyondTheImpossible: No one would be crazy enough to work with an unheard-of small studio to make a stop-motion adaptation of a moderately popular children's book and releasing it at the time of the year where most people are anticipating lots of [[Film/{{Avatar}} big-budget]] [[Film/StarTrek blockbusters]] backed by [[{{Up}} big-name studios]] and [[InglouriousBasterds directors]], right?
* BigDamnHeroes: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Wybie comes in at the last minute to save Coraline from the Other Mother's hand but crashes his bike.
* BigEater: With the exception of her father's cooking, Coraline eats quite a bit throughout the film.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The Other Spink and Forcible's theater is absolutely ''massive'' compared to the exterior size of the house. [[spoiler: Of course, the Other Mother created it, so normal laws of physics need not apply.]]
** This also applies to the Other Mr Bobinsky's circus tent.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Wybie.
* BlackAndWhiteBeauty: The Other Mother's [[EvilIsSexy original form]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ms. Forcible, Coraline and Ms. Spink when seen together.
* BrickJoke: The bowl of candy.
* CanonForeigner: Wybie.
* CastingGag: Misses Spink and Forcible are voiced by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French respectively.
* CatsAreMagic: The black cat, who can talk in the Other Mother's universe and acts as a sort of {{Mentor}} towards Coraline.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Again, the black cat.
* CharacterExaggeration: In the book, Mr. Bobo simply happens to be Slavic (Russia isn't even mentioned, actually); it's not even implied that he has an accent until Misses Spink and Forcible happen to talk about him near the end of the book. However, the movie makes Bobinsky [[FunnyForeigner extremely weird and extremely Russian]].
** Even though the flag outside his door is from Montenegro.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The eyes of the three ghost children]] and arguably [[spoiler: the piano's hands.]]
** If there's a such thing as Chekhov's ''Word'', then the mentioning of the game hide-and-seek definitely fits.
** [[spoiler: The well.]]
** The opening sequence [[spoiler: with the [[ArtifactOfDoom doll]] being remade?]]
** Don't forget about the green stone near the end.
** And the Other Mother's chicken oven mitt, which was repurposed by [[spoiler: the other Wybie to hide his disfigured GlasgowSmile.]]
** "Rat crap."
* ChekhovsGunman: The cat.
* CloudCuckooLander: Wybie.
** Bobinsky
* CostumePorn: With miniatures, no less.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: "TimBurton's Coraline", now [[http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/02/by-way-of-preamble.html Neil Gaiman has his say]] about that lack of research.
** Almost certainly that misleading was done on purpose, in an effort to get Burton fans to come see it.
*** [[TropesAreNotBad And it worked.]]
* [[spoiler: CrapsaccharineWorld]]: [[spoiler: The Other World.]]
* CrazyCatLady: Spink's a dog lady.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: The Ghost Children. Especially the one with her mouth frozen open in an expression of perpetual horror. Although they're actually quite nice.]]
** Depending on your point of view, the other Wybie could qualify in the beginning. There's just something creepy about his constant smile.
* CreepyDoll: creepy doll Creepy Doll [+CREEPY DOLL!!+]
* CuteMute: The Other Wybie.
* [[DarkIsEvil Dark Is/]][[DarkIsNotEvil Is Not Evil]]: Both tropes come into play here: One the one hand, the Other World is in a constant state of nightfall, which makes things look pretty threatening later on, and the buildings are more dimly-lit in the climax than they were earlier. On the other hand, it is a ''black'' cat who helps Coraline the most while she's in the Other World.
* DeadpanSnarker: Coraline and the cat, [[CatsAreSnarkers but especially the cat]].
-->'''Coraline:''' Wybie's got a cat like you at home. Not the quiet Wybie, the one that talks too much. You must be the other cat.
-->'''The cat:''' I'm not the ''other'' anything. I'm ''me''.
-->'''Coraline:''' Um, I can see you don't have button eyes, but if you're the same cat, how can you talk?
-->'''The cat:''' I just can.
-->'''Coraline:''' Cats don't talk at home.
-->'''The cat:''' No? [[SarcasmMode You're CLEARLY the expert on these things.]]
* {{Defictionalization}}: The Detroit Zoo snowglobe.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Especially in the scenes where [[spoiler: the other world starts to disappear.]]
* DevelopmentHell: More like production hell. It's a stop-motion movie after all.
** Several times during the production, Henry Selick told Dakota Fanning to raise the tone of her voice, most likely because the production started when she was 9 and ended when she's 14.
* DoingItForTheArt: The production speed is about 3 seconds per day.
** They made about 20 puppets for every character, each one of them taking months to make. And they replace the mouths between shots.
** The garden scene, the mice circus, the theatre, the Other Mother transforming and the other world disintegrating... they're not CGI. They're done with stop-motion.
** The characters' hairs have to be "injected" one by one.
** The costumes are made by an impossibly patient lady with needles as small as human hairs. That lady's name is Althea Crome, and her part in the making of the film is detailed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT5MFdAB7fI&feature=player_embedded# this]] video.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: More like "[[RedScare Everyone is Lenin in Russia]]", according to [[http://yrnetwork.com/media/news.aspx?uid=1908 this]] article.
* EyelessFace: [[spoiler: The Other Mother at the end.]]
* EyeScream: "Black is traditional... But if you'd prefer pink... or vermilion... or chartreuse... Though you might make me jealous!"
** The fact that there's a ''needle'' next to the buttons makes it that much worse...
* FakeNationality: Ian Mcshane as Mr Bobinsky - Bobinsky is Russian while Mcshane is British.
* FanDisservice: The beginning half of the other Spink and Forcible's stage play... ugh. Both of the old women are practically naked, with only their nipples and crotch covered up. No amount of BrainBleach will ever clear that out of your mind.
** The last part of their routine is pure {{Fanservice}} though.
** Also, when the [[spoiler: Other Mother transforms, her shirt becomes ''very'' low-cut, but since she's so hideous you don't even want to see it.]]
* TheFairFolk: The Other Mother, just human ''enough'' to know she's a mystery.
* FireForgedFriends: [[spoiler: Coraline and Wybie bond by fighting the Other Mother's evil hand of doom.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** The BigBad and the EvilGenius - The Other Mother.
** TheDragon [[spoiler: and TheDarkChick [[AntiVillain to a certain extent]]]] - The Other Father.
** TheBrute - The Other Bobinsky.
** TheDarkChick - The Other Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible, and The Other Wybie.
*** [[YourMIleageMayVary Though some may consider]] the Other Wybie to be the TokenGoodTeammate.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Coraline's Other Mother.
* FridgeBrilliance: With The Other Mother. Towards the end it's revealed that she's actually a spider, which makes sense in how she lures children to her with food like some real spiders do.
* FoodPorn: The dinner/breakfast/food scenes in the other world, despite the fact that the foods are fake.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The words in the Other Father's song become much more sinister and foreboding once you find out [[spoiler: they want to put buttons in her eyes.]]
--->[[spoiler: Makin' up a song about Coraline!]]
--->[[spoiler: She's a peach, '''she's a doll''', she's a pal of mine!]]
--->[[spoiler: She's as cute as '''a button''']]
--->[[spoiler: '''In the eyes''' of everyone ]]
--->[[spoiler: Who ever laid their eyes on Coraline!]]
--->[[spoiler: When she comes around exploring]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Mom and I will never, ever make it boring''']]
--->[[spoiler: '''Our eyes will be on Coraline!''']]
** And then it ''very vaguely'' regains its happiness [[spoiler: when you realize it was a warning to Coraline of what was coming to her. Didn't go through, but hey, he can say he tried...]]
** The Other Mother refers to her husband as "Pumpkin". [[spoiler: She turns him into a pumpkin-like beast to fight Coraline. Poor guy can't catch a break.]]
*** It's most likely that the Other Father was originally a pumpkin from the garden that gradually reverted back to its true form as the world started to unravel; most other creations of the Other Mother ended up being shown as being appropriated from various flotsam like the rats and bugs.
*** Which then becomes FridgeBrilliance when you realize [[spoiler: his "death" ended with him being pulled back into the pumpkin patch.]]
*** Following on that logic, the Other Wybie was [[spoiler: made of dirt. What comes off of the real Wybie's hand when he firsts meets Coraline?]]
** In the Other House, on the wall, there's three frames, each with the silhouette portrait of a child in them. Yeee...
** Very subtle, but the Other Spink and Forcible's highwire act is performed to the famous "Can-Can" song. For those in the know, that piece is from the operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld", based on a Greek myth about [[spoiler: a young man who crosses into the underworld to plead with its ruler for the life of a loved one.]]
** One of the Ghost Children says, as Coraline is collecting their eyes, "[[spoiler: Hurry girl, her web is unwinding!]]"
** And the most obvious one has to be [[spoiler: the hand]] in the tea leaves.
*** That's just Spink. Forcible sees [[spoiler: the toy giraffe that tries to convince Coraline she's losing it when she tries to escape from the other world.]]
*** Seriously, the script is LITTERED with hidden messages and foreshadowing. "I hate rats at the best of times..."
*** "Couldn't bear to see them go, so we had them stuffed."
** What about [[spoiler: "This piano... plays ''me''."]]
** Also, the Other Mother's outfits begin to have a certain resemblance to a [[spoiler: black widow spider.]]
** Coraline's first visit to Other world, after she asks "What rain?" there's a lightning flash with the Other Mother's real hand on the end.
** The other Spink and Forcible do the "What A Piece Of Work Is Man" monologue. [[spoiler: {{Hamlet}} was a tragedy.]]
*** Even better, [[spoiler:Hamlet was ''mocking'' humans during that speech.]]
* ForeignSoundingGibberish: The general consensus as to exactly what they are saying in choral numbers like ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxs2vS2gJ-c&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=2 Exploration]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LLHUQQ9cmM Dreaming]]'', and of course the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ry1f_3Lsk&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=0 end credits song]].
** Closed captions just call it "Child/Children singing nonsense words".
* FunnyForeigner: The rechristened-for-the-movie Mr. Bobinsky.
* GagBoobs: Ms. Forcible. [[FanDisservice Emphasis on "gag"]].
* GameFace: The Other Mother.
* GardenOfEvil
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Combined with the FanDisservice and GagBoobs above. Apparently, it's okay to show a naked old lady as long as there's paint to cover her up.
** And how the heck did they allow a friggin' ''tits vs. ass argument, [[BawdySong in song]], in a PG film?!''
*** "''If you go swimmin' with bow-legged women...''", "''a big-bottomed sea witch...''", "''beware of old oysters too large in the chest...''"
*** RefugeInAudacity
*** Did anyone forget the "our mother's golden... chicken breast!" or "I have a writer's rash, right on my... ''([[CurseCutShort mother clears throat to stop father from talking]])''" or the [[GroinAttack near-castration]] of Mr. Bobinsky, etc. etc. etc...
** Apparently there was a ''lot'' of discussion about the famous naked Spink and Forcible scene, specifically exactly how much they could get away with.
** The soundtrack for that bit is even better. For some reason, they left in Spink and Forcible's exclamations at the end of the first act, where the scenery collapses. [[IncrediblyLamePun Stripped of its context]], they sound, er, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything like something else]].
** How about that fact that when we first met Spink and Forcible we find (by way of all of the posters) they are ex-burlesque dancers? Kids may not get it but the parents (or grandparents) must have been thinking "How did that get there?"
*** It's worse than that. As the posters are all references to Shakespeare, this is quite likely a reference to a strip club that got around a city's attempt to ban stripping by having the girls perform Shakespeare in the nude. So it's basically a reference to actual stripping instead of just dancing around in your undies.
* GhostAmnesia: The ghost children don't remember their names.
* GiantSpider: [[spoiler: The Other Mother's "true" form ends up seeming to be this.]]
* GlamourFailure: The black button eyes, of course, but as Coraline continues to get to know the Other world the harder it is for the Other Mother to hide its true nature.
* GroinAttack: Narrowly averted when Mr. Bobinsky jumps off his deck and almost lands on Coraline, with his crotch coming within inches of the pair of garden trimmers she had in her hand.
* HarmfulToMinors: Averted. Coraline laughs at naked women, though not as much as real-life children would.
* HartmanHips: Coraline's mother and the Other Mother.
* HatesBeingTouched: The Other Mother won't keep her hands off her, and Coraline is evidently uncomfortable with it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Other Father.]]
** [[spoiler: The Other Wybie qualifies as well. He had a smile sewn into his face for Coraline. Then his hand dissolved. Then he knowingly helped Coraline out of the mirror, into the parlor, past the bug thing, and into the tunnel, putting a good deal of effort into it all, while knowing that the Other Mother would kill him for it.]]
* HotMom: Coraline's mother. The Other Mother as well [[spoiler: at least until her transformation.]]
* HypocriticalHumour: "I'm way too old for dolls". Cue her playing with the doll and naming it "Little Me".
* IAmDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: [[spoiler: The Other Father, passing on the first ghost eye.]]
-->''"Taaaaaake iiiiit..."''
* ImprovisedWeapon: Our heroine [[spoiler: takes down the villain with a live cat]]. By ''throwing'' it as hard as she can. Yikes.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Inverted: it's been advertised as being "from Henry Selick, the director of ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''", which most people associate with its producer, TimBurton.
* InfantImmortality: Thrown for a violent loop with the final fate of [[spoiler: the poor, sweet Other Wybie]]. Implied aversion with the [[spoiler: ghost children.]]
* KnowYourVines: The title character brushes some leaves off a stick and uses it as a water rod. She meets Wybie, and has a fairly long conversation with him, and at the end he throws in that the stick she's holding is poison oak.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Arguably "Dreaming" for the Other world in general. The Other Mother even hums it. Also, Coraline has one in the form of "Exploration", and Wybie has two.
* LethalChef: Although he never poisons anyone, Coraline's father's cooking is AWFUL.
* LighterAndSofter: They actually toned down the creepiness from the book, believe it or not.
* LittleMissSnarker: Guess who? [[spoiler:Coraline]].
* MatchCut: The shot of Coraline leaning back in her chair to her falling into bed.
* MessyHair: Wybie, complete with twigs and leaves.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: The Other Wybie and later on [[spoiler: the Other Father.]]
* MysteriousAnimalSenses: The Cat was able to talk to Other Wybie, even though he couldn't speak. He even told Coraline that cats have far superior senses than humans. At which the GenreSavvy Coraline immediately rolled her eyes. There's also his ability to get between worlds on his own, which is pretty impressive.
* MysteriousProtector: The Cat followed and watched over Coraline for some time before making himself known to her.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Many people thought that the movie looked too "cutesy," judging by the trailer. Oh, how wrong they were...
* NiceHat: Coraline's Japanese Academy Cap.
* NonHumanSidekick: The Other Wybie.
** [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Arguably]].
** The cat fills this role as well, especially after Other Wybie [[spoiler: meets his sad fate.]]
* NonSingingVoice: The Other Father is voiced by [[TheyMightBeGiants John Linnell]] for about 30 seconds in a [[EarWorm frustratingly catchy]] song. For the rest of the time, he's [[CompleteWorldKnowledge John Hodgman]].
* NotableOriginalMusic
* ObjectCeilingCling: The candy bowl at Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible's apartment.
* OneWingedAngel
* ParallelPornTitles: Or if not porn, some kind of erotic {{Shakespeare}} knockoffs: The posters in the actresses' apartment show ''Julius '''Sees-Her''' ''and ''King '''LEER'''''.
** They were most likely burlesque theater performers (themed exotic dancer) in their younger days. So those old posters were from their old acts.
* PerversePuppet
* ParentalObliviousness: Coraline's parents mean well, but they don't have time for her.
* PopStarComposer: ''Almost.'' TheyMightBeGiants did write songs for the movie, but they ended up not fitting for the most part, and almost all got [[CutSong cut]].
* PowerTrio: Coraline, Wybie and the Cat form one.
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler: Great part of The Other Mother's minions like The Other Wybie and the Other Father.]]
* PunnyName: Wybie's real name, "Wybourne", leads to Coraline occasionally calling him "Why-were-you-born?".
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Coraline breaks a mirror when she realizes that [[spoiler: her parents are trapped inside.]]
* RealIsBrown: The colors of the real world are incredibly dull and jaded, which is to contrast for the other world's vibrant and cheery colors.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Several people on IMDB complained about Coraline's JerkAss attitude. Ever seen an upset 12-year old? Ever seen a 12-year old who's gone through a long road trip to move into a house in the middle of nowhere, gets stuck with annoying neighbors and ignored by their parents? Yeah...
** What's even more incredible is that many of those people are ''parents''. ParentalFavoritism, much?
*** Probably they were just comparing it to the book, where Coraline is a loner, softspoken, thoughtful type, and perhaps most significantly, younger.
* RedOniBlueOni: Coraline is obviously associated with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]], while the Other Mother is detailed in [[BlackWidow red and black]], much like [[AliceInWonderland Alice and the Red Queen]], however the corresponding temperaments are [[YourMileageMayVary debatable]].
* RedRightHand: But really, are you gonna look at someone's hands if their ''eyes are buttons''?
* RefugeInAudacity: The theater scene, the proof that Henry Selick knows children better than anyone else in Hollywood.
* RuleOfThree: Coraline goes to the other world several times, and [[spoiler: it is on her ''third'' trip that other mother's full intentions are revealed.]]
** She also has to collect [[spoiler: the three missing eyes of the Ghost Children]] and face three challenges to do so.
*** "One... two... '''''THREEEEE!'''''".
*** Spink and Forcible have three live dogs, and their stuffed dogs are in rows of three.
* SceneryGorn: [[spoiler: The scenes of the other world disappearing.]]
* SceneryPorn: Like you wouldn't believe. The garden, the mouse circus, and the theater in the other world are breathtaking.
* ShoutOut: To ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': The pumpkins in the other mother's garden look like the Mayor of Halloweentown, and the tallest of the three Ghost Children resembles Shock. Similarly, when Wybie has his facemask/helmet on, he bears a strong resemblance to Barrel. There also might be one to {{Pixar}}, as one of the Shakespeare players has a baby in a backpack that looks a lot like [[TheIncredibles Jack-Jack]].
** And the ball that the rats were playing with was the one from [[PixarShorts Luxo Jr.]]
** The movers at the beginning were the "Ranft Bros.", caricatured after Jerome Ranft and the late Joe Ranft, who worked on ''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' and several {{Pixar}} films.
** Also, at one point the other mother cracks an egg yolk into a bowl that yields ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' lead character Jack Skellington's image.
** The other father's slippers look an awful lot like Monkeybone...
*** Not surprising. He has his own line of slippers as part of his cartoon show's marketing gimmick.
** The piano in the other study has the gold word "Tadahiro" on it. Tadahiro Uesugi was a concept artist whom Henry Selick adored.
** Probably unintentional, but two that sprung out in the movie were the father's name - Charlie Jones, aka "Chuck" Jones, and the "Tall, handsome beast" that Miss Forcible saw in Coraline's tea leaves could have referred to the cat - who's voiced by KeithDavid, who also provided the voice of Goliath. Then again, both may simply be an EpilepticTrees moment. On the other hand, KeithDavid himself is a tall, handsome beast.
** Wybie shares the same last name of a runaway black child named Jessie Lovat in AmericanGods.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Averted. Coraline is [[LittleMissSnarker not shy]].
* SirensAreMermaids: During The Other Spink and Forcible's song, The Other Spink describes herself as "The siren of all seven seas" while dressed as a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]].
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: A trait of some conversations between Coraline and the cat.
* TheSpeechless: The other Wybie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. As well as Henry Selick's previous ''JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' adaptation. And ''MirrorMask''.
* StepfordSmiler: The other mother, and most of the denizens in her realm.
* StopMotion
* SewnOnGrin: The other Wybie. Literally.
* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Small, Dark, and Snarky]]: The cat.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Coraline never finishes a single meal throughout the entire movie.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Coraline, from book to movie, but she [[CharacterDevelopment gets better]].
* TookALevelInKindness: movie!Coraline. Facing down an [[EyeScream eye-mutilating]] witch tends to do that.
* TransformationTrauma
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One TV spot for the film shows the other mother giving Coraline [[spoiler: the gift box with the buttons meant for her]]. Another TV spot had [[spoiler: the other father being held up by the evil mantis thing and swiping at Coraline, and had the other Wybie's stitched smile]]. A third featured [[spoiler: Bobinski's rat-clothes slithering around.]]
** Although spoilers were to be expected when the HBO Special on ''Coraline'' aired, some of them were a bit ''too'' big. Mainly the fact that [[spoiler: the other Wybie dies and has all that's left of him, his clothes, hung like a flag]]. Granted, one of the five Behind the Scenes videos hinted at the possibility of this, but no one expected what actually occurred. It kinda reduced the shock value.
** The other mother's second form is on the back of the DVD box. The spoiler status of this could be argued though, as that's how she's described in the book from the beginning, as opposed to starting out as identical to Coraline's real mother.
* UnfortunateNames: Wybie is short for Wyborne. Ouch.
** His nickname "Wybie" is prenounced "why-be"... Poor kid.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: It's highly doubtful many of the viewers knew [[spoiler: why the Ghost Children called the other mother "the beldam", and probably figured it was the name for whatever monster she was]]. Thank god for JohnKeats and TheOtherWiki... (which would make [[AGoodNameForARockBand a really good band name]]...)
** The Fairy Ring of mushrooms around the abandoned well is a huge ChekhovsGun to anyone who knows the appropriate folklore; to everyone else its just added scenery.
** The stone that Spink and Forcible give Coraline? It's an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone adder stone]].
** Also, how many viewers recognized the speech the other Spink and Forcible were reciting during their trapeze act? It's from ''{{Hamlet}}''. And it has especially interesting plot-correllations when you recall that when he originally spoke it in the play, Hamlet was being ''sarcastic''.
*** It's just a passing gag, but how many people are going to get "[[RichardIII My kingdom for a horse!]]"
*** A phrase which can be interpreted as, "Everything I have for the one thing I don't"... [[{{Foreshadowing}} just a]] [[FridgeBrilliance passing gag]], eh?
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The other Bobinsky.
* TheWatson: The movie-original character Wybourne "Wybie" Lovat, who gives a reason for Coraline to give the exposition told in the book through narration.
* WeirdMoon: As time wears on through Coraline's hunting game against the Other Mother, the moon is steadily eclipsed, and the shadow has an inner circumferential line and four holes (i.e., the shadow of a button). Coraline seems to take it as a time limit; at one moment the shadow notably (and ''audibly'' at that) grinds to a halt when [[spoiler: the final Ghost-Child's eye/soul is won.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The movie was originally planned as a musical with 10 songs written by TheyMightBeGiants, but this idea was discarded in favor of a more conventional movie, although one of their songs (the Other Father's number) does remain in the film, and the band has said they will release the other songs written for the movie on other projects ("Careful What You Pack", for example, wound up on their 2007 album ''The Else'').
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Yes, despite being terrifying, this movie is appropriate for kids, so long as they can handle a good scare every now and then.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Some people recognized the town that Coraline's family moved to as Ashland, Oregon. The banners for the Shakespeare festival can be seen in several scenes. The studio is based in Portland.
** Coraline's friends in the picture on her nightstand, in the otherworld, said "gone to oregon" didn't they?
* TheWormThatWalks: The other Bobinsky near the end of the movie.
* VaporWear: April Spink, if you look closely enough.
* XMeetsY: The movie is like ''{{Beetlejuice}}'' meets ''AliceInWonderland''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Coraline. An 11-year old brunette dyeing her hair blue.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Coraline should probably explain it to Wybie coherently; throwing shoes at him isn't going to make him believe you. In fairness to her, however, she just narrowly avoided having her eyes poked out by a demonic copy of her mother. Coherency is optional after that.
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->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQC0QVXa33o What is there
A link to be frightened of, something about buttons?]]''\\
-- '''NeilGaiman'''

->''AMAZING!''\\
-- '''Coraline''', after viewing
"Coraline" sent you to this page. The context of the mouse circus. The line is often used to describe the film.

A
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* ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', a
2002 novella written by NeilGaiman. Coraline Jones is NeilGaiman.
* ''Film/{{Coraline}}'',
a girl with loving but distracted and inattentive parents. Having recently moved into a new home, she finds life boring. Then, one afternoon, she opens a mysterious door in her house. And behind that door lies a different world where Coraline finds doting parents who give her wonderful toys and home-cooked meals. But something oddly sinister lurks just beneath the surface...

TheFilmOfTheBook, with Henry Selick of ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' fame as director and writer, was released February 6, 2009. It's the first StopMotion animation filmed in 3-D (however, the 3-D viewings were in limited locations for a few weeks). It's been well received by critics and moviegoers alike, and - despite being a source of HighOctaneNightmareFuel - is still okay for the braver kids. It's been hailed as a throwback to [[TheEighties 1980s]] fantasy films like ''ReturnToOz'', ''TheDarkCrystal'', and ''{{Labyrinth}}'', and quite a few have called it the best 3-D movie they've seen. It also may be one
2009 [[TheFilmOfTheBook adaption of the few instances, if not the only one, where people claim the movie is better than the book it's based upon.

Is it premature to assign it classic status?

The book is very, very, ''very'' much WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids The movie is intentionally less so, although YourMileageMayVary.
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!!This book includes ''examples of, or the sources for'' (the adaptation's tropes have their own section further down):

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[[folder: Book examples]]
* AllPowerfulBystander: The Other Mother.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: The Other Mother just wants something to love other than herself... and feed, dress, and [[spoiler: suck the LifeForce out of.]]
* AllUpToYou
* AndYouWereThere
* AnimalMotifs: The novel describes the Other Mother using various bits of spidery imagery; she's made into a full-blown spider lady in the film.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: The Other Father.]]
* BadBadActing: The illusion the Other Mother shows Coraline, of her parents coming home from a holiday to try and make her think her parents don't love her. Coraline actually doubts whether it was true or not...for about ten seconds.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: It's even the tagline for TheMovie, as pictured above.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They just might try to [[spoiler: [[EyeScream sew buttons onto your eyes]].]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil:[[spoiler: Black ''button'' eyes of evil.]]
* BodyHorror: Geez, where do you start?
* CartoonCheese: Straight and averted: cheese in the real world is realistic in shape and size, and is different colours. In the other world cheese comes only in massive wheels and is full of holes.
* CatchPhrase: Almost everyone Coraline meets on her first visit to the other world says "for ever and always."
* CatsAreMean: Subverted. [[DeadpanSnarker Kind of]].
* CatsAreSnarkers
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: "Protective Coloration", anyone?]]
* CoolGate
* CreativeSterility: The Other Mother suffers from this -- it's actually a major plot point.
* CreepyBasement: CREEPY? Try absolutely ''terrifying''.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot
* DarkWorld
* DefangedHorrors: Believe it or not. It's scary, but it's scary in a way that kids can usually handle.
* DownTheRabbitHole
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The passageway between the worlds turns out to be one of these towards the end.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: The Other Mother swears on her right hand she'll let Coraline go if she wins their game. Technically speaking, by having her right hand follow Coraline after the Other Mother breaks her word, she's keeping up her end of the bargain.]]
* EyeScream
* FaceRevealingTurn
* FairyTale
* TheFairFolk: The Other Mother is heavily implied to be this. Her other name, the beldam, is a synonym for witch, but might be a play on words related to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Belle_Dame_sans_Merci poem]] about a fairy that lures knights to her hill and sucks the life out of them. "Belle Dame" is homophonous, it being French for "Beautiful Lady" and "Step-mother" for that matter. And if we know anything about [[WickedStepmother fairy tales]]....
** One of the ghost children is also a fairy.
** That stone-with-a-hole-in-it? That's a self-bored stone, which according to CelticMythology tradition would allow you to see through faerie illusions.
* FateWorseThanDeath: What happened to the ghost children, and what would happen to Coraline.
* FemmeFatalons: The Other Mother.
* GlamourFailure: The Other Mother doesn't show up in mirrors. When Coraline asks her why, she simply replies that mirrors can't be trusted.
* TheGrotesque: [[spoiler: The transformed Other Miss Spink and Miss Forcible]] and by the end, [[spoiler: what's left of the Other Father.]]
* HartmanHips: It's a mother thing.
* HelpingHands
* IronicNurseryTune: The creepy chant sung by the rats. Sadly absent from the film.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Miss Spink and Miss Forcible.
* ImpossibleTask
* IncrediblyLamePun: After her parents disappear, Coraline remarks to Miss Spink and Miss Forcible that she thinks she's become a "single-child family".
* InfantImmortality: Averted [[spoiler: when the fate of the three ghost children is shown. Played straight with Coraline herself.]]
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: The self-bored stone, courtesy of the Misses. They're good for bad things...or was it lost things? Anyway, it [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest might help...]]
* KidHero: Coraline.
* KnifeThrowingAct
* LeanAndMean: The Other Mother. This is always the case in the book, but in the film she starts off being identical to the real Mrs. Jones and switches to this trope when Coraline starts screwing things up for her.
* MagicalLand
* MindControlEyes
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Or Caroline, either.
* NewHouseNewProblems: The book starts with Coraline and her family moving.
* NonHumanSidekick: The cat.
* TheObiWan: The cat.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass
* PapaWolf: Coraline tells the Cat a story of how she and her father stumbled into some bees, her father grabbed Coraline and ran for it, making sure she was protected from the bees, and got the majority of the bee stings.
* PlotCoupon: The souls of the Ghost Children.
* PluckyGirl: Coraline.
* PoliceAreUseless: Coraline calls the police to report her parents kidnapped, but is told to go to bed by the cop. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], since she told him her parents were stuck in a mirror...
* SeeThruSpecs
* SelfMadeOrphan: The Other Mother.
** "I swear it on my own mother's grave." "Does she have a grave?" "Oh yes, I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back."
* StrangeGirl: Coraline.
* StylisticSuck: Coraline's Story.
* TalkingAnimal: The cat.
* ThresholdGuardians
* {{Toys}}
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* UrbanFantasy
* VampireInvitation: Children can't have buttons sewn into their eyes unless they agree to it.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: There are quite a few people shocked that this book was written for children. It actually grew out of bedtime stories Neil Gaiman was telling his daughter. He was delighted to learn that she was "a miniature [[TheAddamsFamily Wednesday Addams.]]"
* WickedStepmother: The Other Mother.
* WickedWitch: The Other Mother.
* WigDressAccent: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Coraline tells her parents a story about confusing alien abductors by wearing a wig and talking in a foreign accent.
* {{Yandere}}: The Other Mother.
* YouDirtyRat: Good world = mice. Bad world = rats. Simple.
* XMeetsY: ''StephenKing'' meets ''AliceInWonderland''.
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!! The film adaptation of ''Coraline'' contains the following examples:

[[folder: Film examples]]
* [[ThreeDMovie 3D Movie]]
* AbandonedWarehouse: Where the movie was made.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Bobinsky.
* AdaptationExpansion: The new character of Wybie, the [[CreepyDoll Coraline doll]], and the extended trips into the other world.
** More backstory is given to Coraline and her parents, explaining why they ignore her so much and why she would be willing to abandon them for a dream world so casually.
** Apparently Gaiman himself requested this trope. He saw that the original script was almost exactly like the book and told them to make some changes. After all, if someone wanted something ''exactly'' like the book, they had the book.
* {{Adorkable}}: Wybie.
* AdultsAreUseless: Partly averted. Bobinsky, Spink and Forcible, and later, Coraline's mother, each give Coraline warnings against danger (it's only because she ignores them that the warnings amount to nothing), and [[spoiler: Spink and Forcible give Coraline an important piece of AppliedPhlebotinum that turns out to be a useful tool in finding the ghost children's eyes.]]
** [[spoiler: Wybie's grandmother also suspects that the house had something to do with her vanished sister and thus tries to keep other children from staying there.]]
** [[spoiler: The Other Father also tries to fight The Other Mother's control because he doesn't want to hurt Coraline. Before he plummets to his death, he tosses her one of the souls she needs to escape.]]
* AdultFear: The chilling, very real fear of many working parents is that harm could come to their child because they're too busy to pay attention to them. Coraline's parents aren't purposefully neglecting her, but it is their lack of attentiveness that leads to their daughter getting into some serious trouble...
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Mr. Bobinsky. It is implied via the medal he wears that his blue skin (and possibly eccentric disposition) is due to being one of the Liquidators who cleaned up Chernobyl.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Wybie is a very pale African-American with brown curly hair. It's possible he's actually mixed-race; his grandmother is more obviously black.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: Other Father.]]
* AudioErotica: Sort of. Teri Hatcher as Coraline's mother/Other Mother and KeithDavid as the Black Cat.
* BadassAdorable: Coraline.
* BalloonBelly: Averted. Despite the fact that one scene implies that Coraline downs at least one pizza, more than ten cupcakes, a few hotdogs and a bunch of other snacks, her flat stomach never shows an extra pound.
* BeyondTheImpossible: No one would be crazy enough to work with an unheard-of small studio to make a stop-motion adaptation of a moderately popular children's book and releasing it at the time of the year where most people are anticipating lots of [[Film/{{Avatar}} big-budget]] [[Film/StarTrek blockbusters]] backed by [[{{Up}} big-name studios]] and [[InglouriousBasterds directors]], right?
* BigDamnHeroes: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Wybie comes in at the last minute to save Coraline from the Other Mother's hand but crashes his bike.
* BigEater: With the exception of her father's cooking, Coraline eats quite a bit throughout the film.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The Other Spink and Forcible's theater is absolutely ''massive'' compared to the exterior size of the house. [[spoiler: Of course, the Other Mother created it, so normal laws of physics need not apply.]]
** This also applies to the Other Mr Bobinsky's circus tent.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Wybie.
* BlackAndWhiteBeauty: The Other Mother's [[EvilIsSexy original form]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ms. Forcible, Coraline and Ms. Spink when seen together.
* BrickJoke: The bowl of candy.
* CanonForeigner: Wybie.
* CastingGag: Misses Spink and Forcible are voiced by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French respectively.
* CatsAreMagic: The black cat, who can talk in the Other Mother's universe and acts as a sort of {{Mentor}} towards Coraline.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Again, the black cat.
* CharacterExaggeration: In the book, Mr. Bobo simply happens to be Slavic (Russia isn't even mentioned, actually); it's not even implied that he has an accent until Misses Spink and Forcible happen to talk about him near the end of the book. However, the movie makes Bobinsky [[FunnyForeigner extremely weird and extremely Russian]].
** Even though the flag outside his door is from Montenegro.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The eyes of the three ghost children]] and arguably [[spoiler: the piano's hands.]]
** If there's a such thing as Chekhov's ''Word'', then the mentioning of the game hide-and-seek definitely fits.
** [[spoiler: The well.]]
** The opening sequence [[spoiler: with the [[ArtifactOfDoom doll]] being remade?]]
** Don't forget about the green stone near the end.
** And the Other Mother's chicken oven mitt, which was repurposed by [[spoiler: the other Wybie to hide his disfigured GlasgowSmile.]]
** "Rat crap."
* ChekhovsGunman: The cat.
* CloudCuckooLander: Wybie.
** Bobinsky
* CostumePorn: With miniatures, no less.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: "TimBurton's Coraline", now [[http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/02/by-way-of-preamble.html Neil Gaiman has his say]] about that lack of research.
** Almost certainly that misleading was done on purpose, in an effort to get Burton fans to come see it.
*** [[TropesAreNotBad And it worked.]]
* [[spoiler: CrapsaccharineWorld]]: [[spoiler: The Other World.]]
* CrazyCatLady: Spink's a dog lady.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: The Ghost Children. Especially the one with her mouth frozen open in an expression of perpetual horror. Although they're actually quite nice.]]
** Depending on your point of view, the other Wybie could qualify in the beginning. There's just something creepy about his constant smile.
* CreepyDoll: creepy doll Creepy Doll [+CREEPY DOLL!!+]
* CuteMute: The Other Wybie.
* [[DarkIsEvil Dark Is/]][[DarkIsNotEvil Is Not Evil]]: Both tropes come into play here: One the one hand, the Other World is in a constant state of nightfall, which makes things look pretty threatening later on, and the buildings are more dimly-lit in the climax than they were earlier. On the other hand, it is a ''black'' cat who helps Coraline the most while she's in the Other World.
* DeadpanSnarker: Coraline and the cat, [[CatsAreSnarkers but especially the cat]].
-->'''Coraline:''' Wybie's got a cat like you at home. Not the quiet Wybie, the one that talks too much. You must be the other cat.
-->'''The cat:''' I'm not the ''other'' anything. I'm ''me''.
-->'''Coraline:''' Um, I can see you don't have button eyes, but if you're the same cat, how can you talk?
-->'''The cat:''' I just can.
-->'''Coraline:''' Cats don't talk at home.
-->'''The cat:''' No? [[SarcasmMode You're CLEARLY the expert on these things.]]
* {{Defictionalization}}: The Detroit Zoo snowglobe.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Especially in the scenes where [[spoiler: the other world starts to disappear.]]
* DevelopmentHell: More like production hell. It's a stop-motion movie after all.
** Several times during the production, Henry Selick told Dakota Fanning to raise the tone of her voice, most likely because the production started when she was 9 and ended when she's 14.
* DoingItForTheArt: The production speed is about 3 seconds per day.
** They made about 20 puppets for every character, each one of them taking months to make. And they replace the mouths between shots.
** The garden scene, the mice circus, the theatre, the Other Mother transforming and the other world disintegrating... they're not CGI. They're done with stop-motion.
** The characters' hairs have to be "injected" one by one.
** The costumes are made by an impossibly patient lady with needles as small as human hairs. That lady's name is Althea Crome, and her part in the making of the film is detailed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT5MFdAB7fI&feature=player_embedded# this]] video.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: More like "[[RedScare Everyone is Lenin in Russia]]", according to [[http://yrnetwork.com/media/news.aspx?uid=1908 this]] article.
* EyelessFace: [[spoiler: The Other Mother at the end.]]
* EyeScream: "Black is traditional... But if you'd prefer pink... or vermilion... or chartreuse... Though you might make me jealous!"
** The fact that there's a ''needle'' next to the buttons makes it that much worse...
* FakeNationality: Ian Mcshane as Mr Bobinsky - Bobinsky is Russian while Mcshane is British.
* FanDisservice: The beginning half of the other Spink and Forcible's stage play... ugh. Both of the old women are practically naked, with only their nipples and crotch covered up. No amount of BrainBleach will ever clear that out of your mind.
** The last part of their routine is pure {{Fanservice}} though.
** Also, when the [[spoiler: Other Mother transforms, her shirt becomes ''very'' low-cut, but since she's so hideous you don't even want to see it.]]
* TheFairFolk: The Other Mother, just human ''enough'' to know she's a mystery.
* FireForgedFriends: [[spoiler: Coraline and Wybie bond by fighting the Other Mother's evil hand of doom.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** The BigBad and the EvilGenius - The Other Mother.
** TheDragon [[spoiler: and TheDarkChick [[AntiVillain to a certain extent]]]] - The Other Father.
** TheBrute - The Other Bobinsky.
** TheDarkChick - The Other Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible, and The Other Wybie.
*** [[YourMIleageMayVary Though some may consider]] the Other Wybie to be the TokenGoodTeammate.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Coraline's Other Mother.
* FridgeBrilliance: With The Other Mother. Towards the end it's revealed that she's actually a spider, which makes sense in how she lures children to her with food like some real spiders do.
* FoodPorn: The dinner/breakfast/food scenes in the other world, despite the fact that the foods are fake.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The words in the Other Father's song become much more sinister and foreboding once you find out [[spoiler: they want to put buttons in her eyes.]]
--->[[spoiler: Makin' up a song about Coraline!]]
--->[[spoiler: She's a peach, '''she's a doll''', she's a pal of mine!]]
--->[[spoiler: She's as cute as '''a button''']]
--->[[spoiler: '''In the eyes''' of everyone ]]
--->[[spoiler: Who ever laid their eyes on Coraline!]]
--->[[spoiler: When she comes around exploring]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Mom and I will never, ever make it boring''']]
--->[[spoiler: '''Our eyes will be on Coraline!''']]
** And then it ''very vaguely'' regains its happiness [[spoiler: when you realize it was a warning to Coraline of what was coming to her. Didn't go through, but hey, he can say he tried...]]
** The Other Mother refers to her husband as "Pumpkin". [[spoiler: She turns him into a pumpkin-like beast to fight Coraline. Poor guy can't catch a break.]]
*** It's most likely that the Other Father was originally a pumpkin from the garden that gradually reverted back to its true form as the world started to unravel; most other creations of the Other Mother ended up being shown as being appropriated from various flotsam like the rats and bugs.
*** Which then becomes FridgeBrilliance when you realize [[spoiler: his "death" ended with him being pulled back into the pumpkin patch.]]
*** Following on that logic, the Other Wybie was [[spoiler: made of dirt. What comes off of the real Wybie's hand when he firsts meets Coraline?]]
** In the Other House, on the wall, there's three frames, each with the silhouette portrait of a child in them. Yeee...
** Very subtle, but the Other Spink and Forcible's highwire act is performed to the famous "Can-Can" song. For those in the know, that piece is from the operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld", based on a Greek myth about [[spoiler: a young man who crosses into the underworld to plead with its ruler for the life of a loved one.]]
** One of the Ghost Children says, as Coraline is collecting their eyes, "[[spoiler: Hurry girl, her web is unwinding!]]"
** And the most obvious one has to be [[spoiler: the hand]] in the tea leaves.
*** That's just Spink. Forcible sees [[spoiler: the toy giraffe that tries to convince Coraline she's losing it when she tries to escape from the other world.]]
*** Seriously, the script is LITTERED with hidden messages and foreshadowing. "I hate rats at the best of times..."
*** "Couldn't bear to see them go, so we had them stuffed."
** What about [[spoiler: "This piano... plays ''me''."]]
** Also, the Other Mother's outfits begin to have a certain resemblance to a [[spoiler: black widow spider.]]
** Coraline's first visit to Other world, after she asks "What rain?" there's a lightning flash with the Other Mother's real hand on the end.
** The other Spink and Forcible do the "What A Piece Of Work Is Man" monologue. [[spoiler: {{Hamlet}} was a tragedy.]]
*** Even better, [[spoiler:Hamlet was ''mocking'' humans during that speech.]]
* ForeignSoundingGibberish: The general consensus as to exactly what they are saying in choral numbers like ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxs2vS2gJ-c&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=2 Exploration]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LLHUQQ9cmM Dreaming]]'', and of course the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ry1f_3Lsk&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=0 end credits song]].
** Closed captions just call it "Child/Children singing nonsense words".
* FunnyForeigner: The rechristened-for-the-movie Mr. Bobinsky.
* GagBoobs: Ms. Forcible. [[FanDisservice Emphasis on "gag"]].
* GameFace: The Other Mother.
* GardenOfEvil
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Combined with the FanDisservice and GagBoobs above. Apparently, it's okay to show a naked old lady as long as there's paint to cover her up.
** And how the heck did they allow a friggin' ''tits vs. ass argument, [[BawdySong in song]], in a PG film?!''
*** "''If you go swimmin' with bow-legged women...''", "''a big-bottomed sea witch...''", "''beware of old oysters too large in the chest...''"
*** RefugeInAudacity
*** Did anyone forget the "our mother's golden... chicken breast!" or "I have a writer's rash, right on my... ''([[CurseCutShort mother clears throat to stop father from talking]])''" or the [[GroinAttack near-castration]] of Mr. Bobinsky, etc. etc. etc...
** Apparently there was a ''lot'' of discussion about the famous naked Spink and Forcible scene, specifically exactly how much they could get away with.
** The soundtrack for that bit is even better. For some reason, they left in Spink and Forcible's exclamations at the end of the first act, where the scenery collapses. [[IncrediblyLamePun Stripped of its context]], they sound, er, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything like something else]].
** How about that fact that when we first met Spink and Forcible we find (by way of all of the posters) they are ex-burlesque dancers? Kids may not get it but the parents (or grandparents) must have been thinking "How did that get there?"
*** It's worse than that. As the posters are all references to Shakespeare, this is quite likely a reference to a strip club that got around a city's attempt to ban stripping by having the girls perform Shakespeare in the nude. So it's basically a reference to actual stripping instead of just dancing around in your undies.
* GhostAmnesia: The ghost children don't remember their names.
* GiantSpider: [[spoiler: The Other Mother's "true" form ends up seeming to be this.]]
* GlamourFailure: The black button eyes, of course, but as Coraline continues to get to know the Other world the harder it is for the Other Mother to hide its true nature.
* GroinAttack: Narrowly averted when Mr. Bobinsky jumps off his deck and almost lands on Coraline, with his crotch coming within inches of the pair of garden trimmers she had in her hand.
* HarmfulToMinors: Averted. Coraline laughs at naked women, though not as much as real-life children would.
* HartmanHips: Coraline's mother and the Other Mother.
* HatesBeingTouched: The Other Mother won't keep her hands off her, and Coraline is evidently uncomfortable with it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Other Father.]]
** [[spoiler: The Other Wybie qualifies as well. He had a smile sewn into his face for Coraline. Then his hand dissolved. Then he knowingly helped Coraline out of the mirror, into the parlor, past the bug thing, and into the tunnel, putting a good deal of effort into it all, while knowing that the Other Mother would kill him for it.]]
* HotMom: Coraline's mother. The Other Mother as well [[spoiler: at least until her transformation.]]
* HypocriticalHumour: "I'm way too old for dolls". Cue her playing with the doll and naming it "Little Me".
* IAmDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: [[spoiler: The Other Father, passing on the first ghost eye.]]
-->''"Taaaaaake iiiiit..."''
* ImprovisedWeapon: Our heroine [[spoiler: takes down the villain with a live cat]]. By ''throwing'' it as hard as she can. Yikes.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Inverted: it's been advertised as being "from Henry Selick, the director of ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''", which most people associate with its producer, TimBurton.
* InfantImmortality: Thrown for a violent loop with the final fate of [[spoiler: the poor, sweet Other Wybie]]. Implied aversion with the [[spoiler: ghost children.]]
* KnowYourVines: The title character brushes some leaves off a stick and uses it as a water rod. She meets Wybie, and has a fairly long conversation with him, and at the end he throws in that the stick she's holding is poison oak.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Arguably "Dreaming" for the Other world in general. The Other Mother even hums it. Also, Coraline has one in the form of "Exploration", and Wybie has two.
* LethalChef: Although he never poisons anyone, Coraline's father's cooking is AWFUL.
* LighterAndSofter: They actually toned down the creepiness from the book, believe it or not.
* LittleMissSnarker: Guess who? [[spoiler:Coraline]].
* MatchCut: The shot of Coraline leaning back in her chair to her falling into bed.
* MessyHair: Wybie, complete with twigs and leaves.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: The Other Wybie and later on [[spoiler: the Other Father.]]
* MysteriousAnimalSenses: The Cat was able to talk to Other Wybie, even though he couldn't speak. He even told Coraline that cats have far superior senses than humans. At which the GenreSavvy Coraline immediately rolled her eyes. There's also his ability to get between worlds on his own, which is pretty impressive.
* MysteriousProtector: The Cat followed and watched over Coraline for some time before making himself known to her.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Many people thought that the movie looked too "cutesy," judging by the trailer. Oh, how wrong they were...
* NiceHat: Coraline's Japanese Academy Cap.
* NonHumanSidekick: The Other Wybie.
** [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Arguably]].
** The cat fills this role as well, especially after Other Wybie [[spoiler: meets his sad fate.]]
* NonSingingVoice: The Other Father is voiced by [[TheyMightBeGiants John Linnell]] for about 30 seconds in a [[EarWorm frustratingly catchy]] song. For the rest of the time, he's [[CompleteWorldKnowledge John Hodgman]].
* NotableOriginalMusic
* ObjectCeilingCling: The candy bowl at Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible's apartment.
* OneWingedAngel
* ParallelPornTitles: Or if not porn, some kind of erotic {{Shakespeare}} knockoffs: The posters in the actresses' apartment show ''Julius '''Sees-Her''' ''and ''King '''LEER'''''.
** They were most likely burlesque theater performers (themed exotic dancer) in their younger days. So those old posters were from their old acts.
* PerversePuppet
* ParentalObliviousness: Coraline's parents mean well, but they don't have time for her.
* PopStarComposer: ''Almost.'' TheyMightBeGiants did write songs for the movie, but they ended up not fitting for the most part, and almost all got [[CutSong cut]].
* PowerTrio: Coraline, Wybie and the Cat form one.
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler: Great part of The Other Mother's minions like The Other Wybie and the Other Father.]]
* PunnyName: Wybie's real name, "Wybourne", leads to Coraline occasionally calling him "Why-were-you-born?".
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Coraline breaks a mirror when she realizes that [[spoiler: her parents are trapped inside.]]
* RealIsBrown: The colors of the real world are incredibly dull and jaded, which is to contrast for the other world's vibrant and cheery colors.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Several people on IMDB complained about Coraline's JerkAss attitude. Ever seen an upset 12-year old? Ever seen a 12-year old who's gone through a long road trip to move into a house in the middle of nowhere, gets stuck with annoying neighbors and ignored by their parents? Yeah...
** What's even more incredible is that many of those people are ''parents''. ParentalFavoritism, much?
*** Probably they were just comparing it to the book, where Coraline is a loner, softspoken, thoughtful type, and perhaps most significantly, younger.
* RedOniBlueOni: Coraline is obviously associated with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]], while the Other Mother is detailed in [[BlackWidow red and black]], much like [[AliceInWonderland Alice and the Red Queen]], however the corresponding temperaments are [[YourMileageMayVary debatable]].
* RedRightHand: But really, are you gonna look at someone's hands if their ''eyes are buttons''?
* RefugeInAudacity: The theater scene, the proof that Henry Selick knows children better than anyone else in Hollywood.
* RuleOfThree: Coraline goes to the other world several times, and [[spoiler: it is on her ''third'' trip that other mother's full intentions are revealed.]]
** She also has to collect [[spoiler: the three missing eyes of the Ghost Children]] and face three challenges to do so.
*** "One... two... '''''THREEEEE!'''''".
*** Spink and Forcible have three live dogs, and their stuffed dogs are in rows of three.
* SceneryGorn: [[spoiler: The scenes of the other world disappearing.]]
* SceneryPorn: Like you wouldn't believe. The garden, the mouse circus, and the theater in the other world are breathtaking.
* ShoutOut: To ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': The pumpkins in the other mother's garden look like the Mayor of Halloweentown, and the tallest of the three Ghost Children resembles Shock. Similarly, when Wybie has his facemask/helmet on, he bears a strong resemblance to Barrel. There also might be one to {{Pixar}}, as one of the Shakespeare players has a baby in a backpack that looks a lot like [[TheIncredibles Jack-Jack]].
** And the ball that the rats were playing with was the one from [[PixarShorts Luxo Jr.]]
** The movers at the beginning were the "Ranft Bros.", caricatured after Jerome Ranft and the late Joe Ranft, who worked on ''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' and several {{Pixar}} films.
** Also, at one point the other mother cracks an egg yolk into a bowl that yields ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' lead character Jack Skellington's image.
** The other father's slippers look an awful lot like Monkeybone...
*** Not surprising. He has his own line of slippers as part of his cartoon show's marketing gimmick.
** The piano in the other study has the gold word "Tadahiro" on it. Tadahiro Uesugi was a concept artist whom Henry Selick adored.
** Probably unintentional, but two that sprung out in the movie were the father's name - Charlie Jones, aka "Chuck" Jones, and the "Tall, handsome beast" that Miss Forcible saw in Coraline's tea leaves could have referred to the cat - who's voiced by KeithDavid, who also provided the voice of Goliath. Then again, both may simply be an EpilepticTrees moment. On the other hand, KeithDavid himself is a tall, handsome beast.
** Wybie shares the same last name of a runaway black child named Jessie Lovat in AmericanGods.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Averted. Coraline is [[LittleMissSnarker not shy]].
* SirensAreMermaids: During The Other Spink and Forcible's song, The Other Spink describes herself as "The siren of all seven seas" while dressed as a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]].
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: A trait of some conversations between Coraline and the cat.
* TheSpeechless: The other Wybie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. As well as Henry Selick's previous ''JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' adaptation. And ''MirrorMask''.
* StepfordSmiler: The other mother, and most of the denizens in her realm.
* StopMotion
* SewnOnGrin: The other Wybie. Literally.
* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Small, Dark, and Snarky]]: The cat.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Coraline never finishes a single meal throughout the entire movie.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Coraline, from book to movie, but she [[CharacterDevelopment gets better]].
* TookALevelInKindness: movie!Coraline. Facing down an [[EyeScream eye-mutilating]] witch tends to do that.
* TransformationTrauma
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One TV spot for the film shows the other mother giving Coraline [[spoiler: the gift box with the buttons meant for her]]. Another TV spot had [[spoiler: the other father being held up by the evil mantis thing and swiping at Coraline, and had the other Wybie's stitched smile]]. A third featured [[spoiler: Bobinski's rat-clothes slithering around.]]
** Although spoilers were to be expected when the HBO Special on ''Coraline'' aired, some of them were a bit ''too'' big. Mainly the fact that [[spoiler: the other Wybie dies and has all that's left of him, his clothes, hung like a flag]]. Granted, one of the five Behind the Scenes videos hinted at the possibility of this, but no one expected what actually occurred. It kinda reduced the shock value.
** The other mother's second form is on the back of the DVD box. The spoiler status of this could be argued though, as that's how she's described in the book from the beginning, as opposed to starting out as identical to Coraline's real mother.
* UnfortunateNames: Wybie is short for Wyborne. Ouch.
** His nickname "Wybie" is prenounced "why-be"... Poor kid.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: It's highly doubtful many of the viewers knew [[spoiler: why the Ghost Children called the other mother "the beldam", and probably figured it was the name for whatever monster she was]]. Thank god for JohnKeats and TheOtherWiki... (which would make [[AGoodNameForARockBand a really good band name]]...)
** The Fairy Ring of mushrooms around the abandoned well is a huge ChekhovsGun to anyone who knows the appropriate folklore; to everyone else its just added scenery.
** The stone that Spink and Forcible give Coraline? It's an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone adder stone]].
** Also, how many viewers recognized the speech the other Spink and Forcible were reciting during their trapeze act? It's from ''{{Hamlet}}''. And it has especially interesting plot-correllations when you recall that when he originally spoke it in the play, Hamlet was being ''sarcastic''.
*** It's just a passing gag, but how many people are going to get "[[RichardIII My kingdom for a horse!]]"
*** A phrase which can be interpreted as, "Everything I have for the one thing I don't"... [[{{Foreshadowing}} just a]] [[FridgeBrilliance passing gag]], eh?
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The other Bobinsky.
* TheWatson: The movie-original character Wybourne "Wybie" Lovat, who gives a reason for Coraline to give the exposition told in the book through narration.
* WeirdMoon: As time wears on through Coraline's hunting game against the Other Mother, the moon is steadily eclipsed, and the shadow has an inner circumferential line and four holes (i.e., the shadow of a button). Coraline seems to take it as a time limit; at one moment the shadow notably (and ''audibly'' at that) grinds to a halt when [[spoiler: the final Ghost-Child's eye/soul is won.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The movie was originally planned as a musical with 10 songs written by TheyMightBeGiants, but this idea was discarded in favor of a more conventional movie, although one of their songs (the Other Father's number) does remain in the film, and the band has said they will release the other songs written for the movie on other projects ("Careful What You Pack", for example, wound up on their 2007 album ''The Else'').
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Yes, despite being terrifying, this movie is appropriate for kids, so long as they can handle a good scare every now and then.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Some people recognized the town that Coraline's family moved to as Ashland, Oregon. The banners for the Shakespeare festival can be seen in several scenes. The studio is based in Portland.
** Coraline's friends in the picture on her nightstand, in the otherworld, said "gone to oregon" didn't they?
* TheWormThatWalks: The other Bobinsky near the end of the movie.
* VaporWear: April Spink, if you look closely enough.
* XMeetsY: The movie is like ''{{Beetlejuice}}'' meets ''AliceInWonderland''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Coraline. An 11-year old brunette dyeing her hair blue.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Coraline should probably explain it to Wybie coherently; throwing shoes at him isn't going to make him believe you. In fairness to her, however, she just narrowly avoided having her eyes poked out by a demonic copy of her mother. Coherency is optional after that.
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aforementioned novella]].
31st Jul '11 10:03:40 AM mcduck20
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* FridgeBrilliance: With The Other Mother. Towards the end it's revealed that she's actually a spider, which makes sense in how she lures children to her with food like some real spiders do.
26th Jul '11 10:54:42 PM CaitsMeow
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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: The message of the book is to teach children to face fear instead of hiding it from them. Does not stop adults from crying WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids
** NeilGaiman has said in interviews that because children view the story as an adventure--like all good children's story heroes and heroines, Coraline is courageous and resourceful, and she just does what she has to do [[spoiler: in order to rescue her parents and get back home]]--it doesn't tend to scare them very much. However, Gaiman notes, many grown-ups have told him that the story gave them (the grown-ups) nightmares.
24th Jul '11 10:06:32 PM BANKERBAX
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--->[[spoiler: Makin' up a song about Coraline!]]
--->[[spoiler: She's a peach, '''she's a doll''', she's a pal of mine!]]
--->[[spoiler: She's as cute as '''a button''']]
--->[[spoiler: '''In the eyes''' of everyone ]]
--->[[spoiler: Who ever laid their eyes on Coraline!]]
--->[[spoiler: When she comes around exploring]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Mom and I will never, ever make it boring''']]
--->[[spoiler: '''Our eyes will be on Coraline!''']]
11th Jul '11 3:20:40 PM CalamityJane
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Coraline never finishes a single meal throughout the entire movie.
8th Jul '11 9:35:06 AM Micah
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* [[MyNameIsNotDurwood My Name Is Not Caroline]]

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* [[MyNameIsNotDurwood My Name Is Not Caroline]]MyNameIsNotDurwood: Or Caroline, either.
* NewHouseNewProblems: The book starts with Coraline and her family moving.



* TheObiwan: The cat.

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* TheObiwan: TheObiWan: The cat.
3rd Jul '11 10:53:31 PM caroklim
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* JerkassWoobie: Coraline.



* LittleMissSnarker: Guess who? [[spoiler:Coraline]]

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* LittleMissSnarker: Guess who? [[spoiler:Coraline]][[spoiler:Coraline]].


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* PowerTrio: Coraline, Wybie and the Cat form one.
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