History YMMV / Coraline

14th Jan '17 7:56:21 AM ACW
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* GeniusBonus: The book is that much more enjoyable for those who know a bit about TheFairFolk in British folklore. The Other Mother is as likely as not one such folk, who would often kidnap and sometimes devour children. The portal between Coraline's regular world and the magical world where the Other Mother has power is one of many such gateways in folklore (which sometimes look like little doors). The stone with a hole in it that Coraline uses to find the other childrens' souls is significant because [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone adder stones]] are said to help see through fairy or witches' illusions (among ''many'' other uses, such as healing, warding off evil, finding things, etc). The mushrooms surrounding the old well is a fairy ring; another supernatural thing where [[http://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-folklore/do-you-dare-enter-fairy-ring-mythical-mushroom-portals-supernatural-003677 not-so-good things]] happen to those who step in it, so [[spoiler: Coraline using it to trap the hand was a very smart move on her part]]. Finally, [[spoiler:one of the dead children being revealed to have [[OurFairiesAreDifferent butterfly wings and a love of eating flowers]] suggests that the [[TheFairFolk Other Mother]] [[{{Cannibal}} doesn't just hunt human children]].]]

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* GeniusBonus: The book is that much more enjoyable for those who know a bit about TheFairFolk in British folklore. The Other Mother is as likely as not one such folk, who would often kidnap and sometimes devour children. The portal between Coraline's regular world and the magical world where the Other Mother has power is one of many such gateways in folklore (which sometimes look like little doors). The stone with a hole in it that Coraline uses to find the other childrens' souls is significant because [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone adder stones]] are said to help see through fairy or witches' illusions (among ''many'' other uses, such as healing, warding off evil, finding things, etc). The mushrooms surrounding the old well is a fairy ring; another supernatural thing where [[http://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-folklore/do-you-dare-enter-fairy-ring-mythical-mushroom-portals-supernatural-003677 not-so-good things]] happen to those who step in it, so [[spoiler: Coraline using it to trap the hand was a very smart move on her part]]. Finally, [[spoiler:one of the dead children being revealed to have [[OurFairiesAreDifferent butterfly wings and a love of eating flowers]] suggests that the [[TheFairFolk Other Mother]] [[{{Cannibal}} [[ImAHumanitarian doesn't just hunt human children]].]]
20th Nov '16 6:01:42 PM Antwan
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* ParanoiaFuel: Be afraid of buttons. Be VERY afraid.
** One of the quotes from reviews on the back cover of the book says, ''"You'll never look at buttons the same way again."'' The quote was from Creator/TerryPratchett.



* ParanoiaFuel: Be afraid of buttons. Be VERY afraid.
** One of the quotes from reviews on the back cover of the book says, ''"You'll never look at buttons the same way again."'' The quote was from Creator/TerryPratchett.



* HellIsThatNoise:''' "GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK!" '''

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* HellIsThatNoise:''' "GIVE HellIsThatNoise: '''"GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK!" '''BACK!"'''



--->'''Coraline''': "[[VideoGame/{{Antichamber}} Huh? How can you walk away from something and still come back to it?]]"
** A retroactive one, KeithDavid before this movie didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]], and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.

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--->'''Coraline''': "[[VideoGame/{{Antichamber}} [[VideoGame/{{Antichamber}} Huh? How can you walk away from something and still come back to it?]]"
it?]]
** A retroactive one, KeithDavid Creator/KeithDavid before this movie didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]], and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.



* JerkassWoobie: Coraline.

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* JerkassWoobie: Coraline. She's definitely justified in feeling neglected, but she really acts like a spoiled brat about it. The most glaring example would be how she gets into a huff over not getting a pair of gloves.



* MisaimedMarketing: During the TV broadcast of the movie they aired an advertisement for [[{{Toys/Lalaloopsy}} a brand of dolls]] that have [[NightmareFuel buttons for eyes]]. They also made real-life replicas of the "Little Me" doll, which would be a horrible gift to anyone scared of this film.

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* MisaimedMarketing: During the TV broadcast of the movie they aired an advertisement for [[{{Toys/Lalaloopsy}} [[Toys/{{Lalaloopsy}} a brand of dolls]] that have [[NightmareFuel buttons for eyes]]. They also made real-life replicas of the "Little Me" doll, which would be a horrible gift to anyone scared of this film.



* UncannyValley: Done on purpose. Those eyes...

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* UncannyValley: UncannyValley:
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Done on purpose. Those eyes...
31st Oct '16 4:45:56 PM SorPepita
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* ParanoiaFuel: The doll. Think about it. A foreign object that transforms and moves around your house when you're not looking. And it turns out to be [[spoiler:the Other Mother's spy]]. Which implies [[spoiler:the other mother]] can see through buttons. Sleep tight. Button-eyed dolls and "made like me" dolls will seem scary after watching it.

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* ParanoiaFuel: The doll. Think about it. A foreign object that transforms and moves around your house when you're not looking. And it turns out to be [[spoiler:the Other Mother's spy]]. Which implies [[spoiler:the other mother]] Other Mother]] can see through buttons. Sleep tight. Button-eyed dolls and "made like me" dolls will seem scary after watching it.



** Many people who saw the movie in it's initial release were not impressed because ''they didn't''!

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** Many people who saw the movie in it's its initial release were not impressed because ''they didn't''!



* TheWoobie: Coraline, [[spoiler:the ghost children, other father, other Wybie, and arguably the real Wybie.]]

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* TheWoobie: Coraline, [[spoiler:the ghost children, other father, other Other Father, Other Wybie, and arguably the real Wybie.]]
31st Oct '16 4:42:13 PM SorPepita
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** A retroactive one, KeithDavid before this movie, didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]] and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.

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** A retroactive one, KeithDavid before this movie, movie didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]] Bullshit]], and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.
31st Oct '16 4:40:32 PM SorPepita
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** Knowing that the movie was originally planned as a musical with songs by TheyMightBeGiants, it's probably fair to say that a good number of these were averted. The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxz7IDa65HQ "Careful What You Pack"]] (which eventually wound up on Their 2007 album The Else) was originally written for this movie, and ''damn'' but it's catchy.

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** Knowing that the movie was originally planned as a musical with songs by TheyMightBeGiants, it's probably fair to say that a good number of these were averted. The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxz7IDa65HQ "Careful What You Pack"]] (which eventually wound up on Their their 2007 album The Else) was originally written for this movie, and ''damn'' but it's catchy.
31st Oct '16 4:39:40 PM SorPepita
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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Wybie. Some of Coraline's character development is changed or removed completely in order to focus on him. [[spoiler: Most notably, he comes to Coraline's rescue at the last minute in the ending; in the book, Coraline didn't ''need'' saving, because she was setting a trap the entire time.]] Others however, [[ApprovalOfGod including Neil Gaiman]] find that he was a neccessary character in order to make the narrative more fluid and to give Coraline someone to talk to.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Wybie. Some of Coraline's character development is changed or removed completely in order to focus on him. [[spoiler: Most notably, he comes to Coraline's rescue at the last minute in the ending; in the book, Coraline didn't ''need'' saving, because she was setting a trap the entire time.]] Others however, [[ApprovalOfGod including Neil Gaiman]] find that he was a neccessary necessary character in order to make the narrative more fluid and to give Coraline someone to talk to.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGuJXsBqLRA&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=6 I'm known as the siren of all seven seas, the breaker of hearts by the bay...]]"

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** [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGuJXsBqLRA&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=6 I'm known as the siren of all seven seas, the breaker of hearts by the bay...]]"
31st Oct '16 4:36:56 PM SorPepita
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** The Other Mother. Some say her ''only'' desire to eat children's lives; others say she's a {{Woobie}} who truly wants to love and be loved but just can't control her hunger.

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** The Other Mother. Some say her ''only'' desire is to eat children's lives; others say she's a {{Woobie}} who truly wants to love and be loved but just can't control her hunger.
16th Oct '16 8:14:39 AM ThePest179
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* UncannyValley: This can be expected where there are {{Creepy Doll}}s. But actual people with buttons as their eyes? Ouch. The fact that the film itself is made with real dolls makes the effect even greater.
10th Aug '16 10:20:47 AM whalewithwings
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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The Beldam]], or the [[FauxAffablyEvil Other Mother]], from both the book and [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} movie]], is a [[WickedWitch wicked temptress]] who [[BitchInSheepsClothing lures children into her otherworldly lair with the promise of a better life]]. The Other Mother spoils them and subtly draws them more and more into the world, eventually convincing them to [[EyeScream sew buttons onto their eyes]] to stay in her realm forever. Once they do, however, she [[WouldHurtAChild murders them]] and [[AndIMustScream locks away their souls]] so as to replenish her energy. She has repeated the process with three children (in the movie, this includes the sister of the owner of the apartment the gateway between worlds is in), and tries to do the same to the titular Coraline. Upon her defiance, the Other Mother kidnaps her parents and forces her into a horrifying game of finding the dead children's eyes. She also casually [[BadBoss disfigures her own servants]] when they resist her, turning the Other Father into an abominated slug. The Other Mother also claims she [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her own mother, as well]]. Once Coraline wins the eyes, the Other Mother still attempts to catch her, and sends her severed hand into the real world to pursue Coraline once she escapes her clutches. In the film, she also forces the [[ApologeticAttacker Other Father]] into attacking his "daughter," and she murders the [[spoiler:Other Wybie]] after [[HeelFaceTurn he had helped Coraline escape]]. Throughout both works, despite her claims of how much she loves the children she lures into her trap, it's clear that she sees them as nothing more than toys that she disposes of after she's bored with them. The Other Mother is one of the most twisted villains in children's literature and stands as a prime example of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor being careful what you wish for]].

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The The]] [[EldritchAbomination Beldam]], or the [[FauxAffablyEvil Other Mother]], from both the book and [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} movie]], is a [[WickedWitch wicked sinister temptress]] who [[BitchInSheepsClothing lures children into her otherworldly lair with the promise of a better life]]. The Other Mother spoils them and subtly draws them more and more into the world, eventually convincing them to [[EyeScream sew buttons onto their eyes]] to stay in her realm forever. Once they do, however, she [[WouldHurtAChild murders them]] and [[AndIMustScream locks away their souls]] so as to replenish her energy. She has repeated the process with three children (in the movie, this includes the sister of the owner of the apartment the gateway between worlds is in), and tries to do the same to the titular Coraline. Upon her defiance, the Other Mother kidnaps her parents and forces her into a horrifying game of finding the dead children's eyes. She also casually [[BadBoss disfigures her own servants]] when they resist her, turning the Other Father into an abominated slug. The Other Mother also claims she [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her own mother, as well]]. Once Coraline wins the eyes, the Other Mother still attempts to catch her, and sends her severed hand into the real world to pursue Coraline once she escapes her clutches. In the film, she also forces the [[ApologeticAttacker Other Father]] into attacking his "daughter," and she murders the [[spoiler:Other Wybie]] after [[HeelFaceTurn he had helped Coraline escape]]. Throughout both works, despite her claims of how much she loves the children she lures into her trap, it's clear that she sees them as nothing more than toys that she disposes of after she's bored with them. The Other Mother is one of the most twisted villains in children's literature and stands as a prime example of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor being careful what you wish for]].
9th Jul '16 10:55:53 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: Wybie. Some of Coraline's character development is changed or removed completely in order to focus on him. [[spoiler: Most notably, he comes to Coraline's rescue at the last minute in the ending; in the book, Coraline didn't ''need'' saving, because she was setting a trap the entire time.]] Others however, [[ApprovalOfGod including Neil Gaiman]] find that he was a neccessary character in order to make the narrative more fluid and to give Coraline someone to talk to.

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* BaseBreaker: BaseBreakingCharacter: Wybie. Some of Coraline's character development is changed or removed completely in order to focus on him. [[spoiler: Most notably, he comes to Coraline's rescue at the last minute in the ending; in the book, Coraline didn't ''need'' saving, because she was setting a trap the entire time.]] Others however, [[ApprovalOfGod including Neil Gaiman]] find that he was a neccessary character in order to make the narrative more fluid and to give Coraline someone to talk to.
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