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[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]

* [[http://theflyingredpig.tumblr.com/post/59347063888/upperstories-shoomlah-kateordie This post]] gives the overall lesson of the story: "The world Coraline lives in is supposed to be boring and gray, but the people are what give it life and purpose. In the Other Mother’s world the people are plastic puppets where she pulls the strings because it presumably changes for every child she takes, but the world around them is bright and colorful for the purpose of enticing the children to stay… before they notice the inhabitants are nothing but dust."
* [[spoiler: The little circus ball that the mice use in the Other world? That's ''the sweet ghost girl's soul.'']]
* Mister Bobinsky sports a badge from the Chernobyl cleanup. Which is why he's blue. Selick himself states on the DVD commentary that he also likes to spend time outdoors and exercise, and it's winter... also a reason why he's blue. And possibly why he's so "eccentric" if you're bitter enough not to believe in the mice.
* The Other Mother doesn't [[http://i.imgur.com/rSysfYP.jpg sport a neckbrace]] from the Jones' car crash in the real world. Brings a deeper meaning to "Everything's right in this world, kiddo."
** In addition, this may ''also'' justify Mrs. Jones's behaviour towards Coraline and her husband in the beginning -- not only is she facing job stress, but she's ''in pain''. Later on, when she's under less stress, the pain is easing up, allowing her to realize that she's been a bit of a jerk towards Coraline, and is legitimately ''wanting'' to make it up to her.
*** The symbolism behind the neck brace is also a stealth pun: to her mother, Coraline's antics are a ''pain in the neck''.
* The Other Mother becomes thinner each time Coraline visits. She is starving.
** Incidentally, the Other Father plumps up with each visit as he's stuffed with her magical food. [[spoiler: And because he's turning back into a pumpkin.]]
* Ever notice how Wybie never stands up straight? He has scoliosis. Curvature of the spine. The Other Wybie doesn't have this, which either meant Coraline was irritated at this or was a bit more worried about him then she led him to believe.
* Wonder why [[spoiler: Coraline returns to the real world after falling asleep in the Other world the first two times, but ''not'' [[OhCrap the third time]]? Because the first two times, Coraline only visited the Other world [[AstralProjection in her dreams]]. The third time she goes, she visited the Other world in person. That's where she goes to bed, and that's where she wakes up.]]
** It could also add brilliance to why [[spoiler: the Other Mother waited until the third visit to invite Coraline to stay in the Other World for good. She was waiting for the moment Coraline would come in person. And it's also why she wasn't bothered when Coraline refused to have buttons sown onto her eyes, because she was [[SmugSnake certain]] she wouldn't be able to escape.]]
* At one point, the Other Mother says "They say even the proudest spirit can be broken, with love." Then you realize who "they" is: she's [[ButHeSoundsHandsome quoting herself]] from [[MythologyGag the book]].
* Each of the three ghost eyes gave Coraline good advice upon [[spoiler: being located. The first eye congratulated her, but also took care to remind her she still had the other two to find. The second eye warned her that time was running out. And the third one told Coraline to think her way out of the Other World, because the Other Mother wouldn't keep her word.]]
* Notice how the Other Wybie doesn't wear any reflective stickers on his jacket, or his skull helmet? They're part of his ensemble as a rider on his little motorcycle, which Coraline ''hates'' because it took her by surprise. So they don't exist in the Other World, as a sign that he doesn't have it.
** Ironically enough, [[spoiler: they're what help Wybie save Coraline from the Other Mother's hand.]]
* Contrast the song Coraline's dad sang during dinner with the Other Father's song. The real one is horribly overworked. Coraline would like more of his weird little songs but he never has time anymore. Awwww.
** There are lots of little things that reflect the specialness of their relationship. Coraline's crooked nose mirrors her dad's, and his favorite color is blue.
** During that dinner when he sang his little song, [[spoiler: the little doll was there. In other words, the Other Mother spied on their meal time, saw Coraline's father singing, and made the Other Father [[UpToEleven a great singer]].]]
* Mel's (Coraline's mother) favorite snowglobe is the one from the Detroit Zoo. The only photo showing the family together and happy was taken at the Detroit Zoo.
* If you pause the movie when Wybie shows Coraline the picture of his Gramma and her sister, you can see that his Grandma's sister [[spoiler:, the CuteGhostGirl,]] is slouching in a curve, and looking at the camera bashfully. Just like ''Wybie'' -- he takes after her!
** Which makes the implications just as depressing, as he reminds her of her sister.
* When Ms. Forcible is reading Coraline's tea leaves, she sees a hand-like shape, but Ms. Spink turns it upside down and insists it's a giraffe. They're ''both'' right -- not only is a stuffed giraffe one of the toys we see in Coraline's room in the Other Mother's house, but [[spoiler: the shape Ms. Spink sees also resembles the Other Mother's severed, claw-like hand.]]
** Notice how the Other Mother's final form is very long and has 4 legs ''like'' a giraffe...
** The "handsome beast" could mean the cat. Although it isn't particularly tall... the voice actor, KeithDavid, certainly is.
* The opening credits, with the Coraline Doll being sewn out of some other doll? [[spoiler: It's the doll of the CuteGhostGirl, Wybie's great aunt.]] And the doll's being sewn up by a being carefully kept off camera, save the hands. Those ''metal hands''. You know, [[spoiler:like the ones the Other Mother has]]?
** And it's reversible, too, with different skin-tone sides, and customizable hair and of course eyes. [[spoiler:She uses the same doll for every child she entraps, and it simply returns to her when it's done to be redesigned into the next child. It's like an evil version of Build-a-Bear Workshop.]]
** Related, look at the spinning wheel and thread that also appears during the making of the Coraline doll. That's spider silk!
* Literally everything from the real apartment has an otherworld counterpart. Yes, everything. Even the VW Beetle.
** Specifically, [[spoiler: it takes the form of the praying mantis the Other Father rides.]]
* The Other Mother never eats. While the other father's plate is always piled with food, the other mother's plate is always empty at meal times.
** Very subtle way of showing the Other Mother cannot sustain herself on her own creations and that they're at most an illusion. She can only feed on the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild love of]] [[EmotionEater others]].
** Well, she does snack on some chocolate colored bugs. But they're only snacks.
* [[spoiler: The Other Mother's final form resembles a spider. Several species of spiders are known to eat their offspring.]]
** "That's ridiculous. Mothers don't eat... daughters..."
** And then, of course, there's trap door spiders, which pull their prey through self-built trap doors that blend in with their surroundings...
** On that note, in the film at least, the Other Mother straps the Other Father to a giant praying mantis. Female praying mantises are famous for eating their own mates, as are some female spiders.
* For a while, it seemed off that Coraline had a rash from the Poison Oak branch on only one hand, but in the scene where Wybie shakes her hand, he accidentally smeared mud on the unaffected hand.
* Listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRPS3XlRYLk&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=10 the song the Other Father sings]]. Really listen to the lyrics. He's ''trying to warn her'' about what will happen if she continues coming to the other world.
* The movie changes from Coraline [[spoiler:having to save the souls of the children to having to save their eyes. Seems like a minor change, maybe to keep religion out of the issue, right? Well, consider that some believe that one's eyes are a reflection/gateway to their soul. Also keep in mind, ''the Other Mother replaces eyes with buttons''. And the implication is agreeing to give up one's eyes for buttons is the equivalent of selling your soul to the Other Mother!]]
* During Other Spink and Other Forcible's presentation for Coraline, their button eyes are white. Remember how the real Spink and Forcible argued about being blind? However, when they strip and become younger, their button eyes are black.
* The Other Mother swears by her right hand that she'll allow Coraline to leave... [[spoiler: and that's exactly what she loses trying to keep Coraline in the Other House.]]
* The Other Mother ended up being [[spoiler: a GiantSpider]]. The holes in the button eyes can be looked at as eyes themselves. So she has multiple eyes!
** And 4 holes in each button make 8 eyes, same as spiders have.
** Does this mean there's a connection between the looking-stone tool Coraline has and the buttons?
** No, that's just a adder stone.
* The Other Mother hates cats. [[spoiler: Take a good look at her face in her final form. Just how do you think she got all those scratches?]]
** Also, a lot of cats like to catch and eat spiders if they find them...
* The [[spoiler: bat forms of Ms. Forcible and Ms. Spink's dogs]] don't make any sense until you realize that their [[spoiler:dead]] real-word counterparts [[spoiler: also have wings]]
** [[spoiler: Bats of the suborder [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabat Megachiroptera]] are known as Megabats in English, but also as flying foxes, which are canine. In other languages, such as Dutch, these are known as flying ''dogs''.]]
** It may also be a reference to [[spoiler:the argument the real Spink and Forcible made regarding their eyesight]]...
-->'''Miss Forcible:''' Oh give me that cup, April! Your eyes are going!\\
'''Miss Spink:''' ''My'' eyes!? ''You're'' blind as a ''bat!''
* Why are the Others Wybie and Father helping Coraline and not anything/anyone else? Because, everything in the Other World was made to ''entertain'' Coraline and nothing more--except for Other Father and Other Wybie, who were created to ''love her and be her friend.''
* The Other Father calls the Other Mother "Mother." It's not ''just'' because the Other Mother means to replace Coraline's real mother in the girl's eyes, it's because ''the Other Mother created him.'' In a sense, she really ''is'' his mother! (Can quickly become FridgeHorror if you consider all her copy-creations to be her children....which she [[BodyHorror mutilates]] and/or destroys.)
* The first plants Coraline notices in the garden? Pitcher plants, which lure insects in with sweet nectar and then trap and devour them.
* Note the position of the Other Mother the second time Coraline falls asleep and leaves the Other World: she occupies the exact same spot as the doll.
* When Coraline asks for a clue as to her parent's location, the Other Mother merely taps her eye, causing Coraline to angrily respond "Fine, don't tell me." But that was the clue -- Coraline needed to look closer, because her parents had been hidden right in plain sight!
* The other world has subtle ways of showing it's a MirrorUniverse. Wybie and Coraline's dad in the real world are totally useless at helping her or giving her advice, thinking she's just acting out for attention or [[CloudCuckooLander is plain nuts]]. Wybie is even the one who gives her the doll which starts the whole mess. The "other Wybie" and "other father" are the only two characters created by the Beldam who try to warn Coraline (and help her where they can) of the dangers and they both intentionally let slip important information.
** Likewise, Bobinski and Spink & Forcible are the only ones in the real world who tell Coraline she is in danger and give her useful advice and at least one tool that will help her. The otherworld versions of the above three are the secondary antagonists who outright try to stop Coraline from succeeding.
* The Other Spink and Forcible both have an ImpossibleHourglassFigure, at least when they shuck their old lady suits. If you look in their apartment, their Other selves look a lot like the stylized versions of themselves on their old posters. Which makes sense; Coraline has no idea how the two ''actually'' looked when younger (and the Other Mother who created them might not either), so the idealized versions of them are based on the best visual reference available.
* As Coraline lies in bed after seeing the Other Mouse Circus, the Other Mother, Father, and Wybie are there. What does the Other Mother do right as Coraline falls asleep? [[spoiler:She ''shushes'' the Other Father.]]
** I don't get it?
*** On Coraline's second trip the otherFather tries to warn her through song, the otherMother noticed and was telling him to shut up.
* The Other Mother's line "I'll die without you!!" Sounds overdramatic at first, but knowing what she does to the kids that she gets bored of...It has a double meaning since if she doesn't eat the kid she'll starve to death.
** And how long has she been without food... no wonder she's desperate.
** I never got the impression that she played with her food once she caught it...?
* Dunno if this counts as anything really but according to how long it took for the stone Coraline dropped to hit the bottom of the well (the rock/hand/key package takes about the same amount of time too), the well is about ''165 feet'' deep.
* The Ghost Childrens' and later Coraline's prison gives a whole new meaning to ''one-way mirror''.
* Beldam, the name given to the Other Mother by the Ghost Children, can both mean hag, or witch, but is also an anagram of Bad Mel (Mel being the name of Coraline's mother.)
** Near the end, the Other Father starts to resemble a pumpkin, which is probably what the Other Mother made him from--sort of a creepy, BodyHorror-style twist on the [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Fairy Godmother turning a pumpkin into a carriage to satisfy a little girl wanting more.]]
* The Other Mother's face near the end of the movie has cracks on it, the same cracks that you'd typically see on broken porcelain or clay. It's a visual way of showing how the Other Mother's "mask" (specifically one put up to fool young children) as a loving parent is falling apart as Coraline begins to see her true character.
* Near the end of the movie, the Other Mother calls Coraline a "selfish brat". In the scene where Coraline found the Ghost Children, the spirits told her that they were given love, good food, toys, and never-ending fun by the Other Mother, only to end up wanting more. In real life, children require unconditional love from their parents and tend to heavily rely on them for guidance. The children the Other Mother lured in [[spoiler:to trap and eat them]] might have seen her as their real parent and expected her to act like one. No wonder the Other Mother thinks children are all-take-and-no-give!
* Just a minor observation: [[spoiler:In the opening cutscene, where the Sweet Ghost Girl's doll gets remade into the Coraline doll;]] the stuffing gets pulled out of the doll, it gets turned inside out, and filled with sand. [[spoiler:When Coraline's other world begins to deteriorate later on, we see that everything appears to actually be made of sand.]] So perhaps, [[spoiler: whatever a person's doll was filled with is the substance their other world ends up being made of.]]
* Many people compared the film to [[AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice In Wonderland]], but the more I think about it, the film is similar to the legend of {{Theatre/Faust}}. Both main characters are dissatisfied with what they have. The Other Mother is a lot like the devil in the legend in that she gives Coraline her desires. It's only when she offers buttons for her eyes is when Coraline realises that she made a DealWithTheDevil.
* In the beginning of the film, Wybie said that the cat would visit him a lot. Considering the cat knows about the other world, it's likely that he does so to protect Wybie from it.
* A blink and you miss it moment--when Coraline enters the circus to retrieve the last ghost eye, the Other Mr. B ([[spoiler:or what's left of him]]) briefly takes on a decidedly ratlike pose.
* There is a less obvious aesop in the film of, "If one looks beyond first impressions, things that appear boring can turn out to be interesting." Coraline is lured to the Other World by flashy and fun-looking copies of the people in her life, but "flash" is ultimately all they have as hollow mirages. In contrast, the real world is drab and the people odd, but they are the ones with three dimensions, and by the end, Coraline takes an interest in her neighbours' lives.
* A tiny hint that the Other Mother has no intentions of holding up her end of the bargain is that she offers her hand to be shaken, but is interrupted by Coraline asking for a hint, after which she leaves. So the two ''never shake on the deal'', showing that the contract won't play out to its conditions.
* Even with all the perks and promises given by the Other Mother, the movie still presents the {{Squick}} of sewing buttons in your eyes as an obvious dealbreaker. Coraline is automatically aghast at the suggestion, raising the question of why 3 other children wouldn't have had the same reaction. Then you remember that the ghost children grew up in completely different eras to Coraline; where sexism, racism, and classism were heavily detrimental to a child's quality of life. Their fantasy worlds wouldn't have just been refuges from negligent parents, but from society as a whole. They would have had far more reason than Coraline to be desperate for a better life, making their fates even more of a TearJerker.
** To expand this further: when you think about it, Coraline's life isn't particularly miserable. She's bored and disgruntled at the beginning of the film, yes, but most of the problems causing this (moving stress; parents too busy to pay attention to her) are temporary. Now think about how someone in a terrible, inescapable situation (growing up with abusive parents, for example) would react to the offer of this seemingly perfect world, where all their life's problems were solved?

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[[folder: Fridge Horror ]]

* The food in the other world that Coraline eats. '''What''' is it made of??
** All of it is probably made of the same thing... gives a whole new meaning to 'breakfast dinner food', doesn't it?
*** Not even that, it is possible that every material in the Other World is made from a unknown, generic base...
* Where did the doll go after the events of the movie?
** If you assume that [[spoiler:the doll of both Coraline's mom and dad is the same one the Other Mother used to spy on children, it's burned to ashes. Phew!]]
* [[CreepyDoll Little Me]] is extremely disturbing. [[spoiler: It moves around your house when you're not looking, and the Other Mother can see through its eyes. Which bears an even more horrific implication: the Other Mother can see through buttons.]]
* The Other Mother never eats. While the Other Father's plate is always piled with food, the Other Mother's plate is always empty at meal times. And the Other Mother's true form is that of a [[spoiler: spider]] who doesn't want Coraline to leave her and ends up chasing her by the end of the movie...
** What's more is that the Other Father eats much more than even Coraline. [[spoiler:His twisted form later in the movie has a distended, flopping belly...]]
* Also consider that the Other Mother creates all the other 'facsimiles' of real people in her pocket dimension to not only be sentient, but they also have free will! Some of them like the Other Wybie and the Other Father genuinely care for Coraline and try to help her.. leading either to their very real deaths or [[AndIMustScream their loss of physical control over their own bodies while still having freedom of thought and speech...]]
* The Other Mother is really [[spoiler: a large spider]] that can change into different forms and create illusions to seduce children? [[Literature/{{It}} Sound familiar?]]
* Take the Other Father Song from the movie, that jaunty little tune. Now look closely, REALLY CLOSELY, at the lyrics: "Making up a song about Coraline. She's a peach she's a DOLL she's a pal of mine. She's as cute as a BUTTON IN THE EYES of everyone who ever laid their eyes on Coraline. When she comes around exploring Mom and I will never ever make it boring. OUR EYES WILL BE ON CORALINE." Utterly terrifying.
** Might actually be FridgeBrilliance if you consider that maybe he's subtly warning Coraline of what Other Mother has planned for her.
** At least on the Latin American dub, all the subtle warnings are dropped off in favor of telling her she's "as cute as button eyes, even more than others' eyes".
** "Our eyes will be on Coraline" is a particularly clever lyric because it has a triple meaning: If you don't know the sinister turn things will take later, it sounds like he's just saying that Coraline will have their full attention, something that she feels she lacks from her real parents. Then there's the already pointed out LiteralMetaphor aspect, since The Other Mother wants to sew button eyes onto Coraline's face, and the fact that Coraline has been unknowingly watched via button eyes from the very beginning.
** When Coraline tells her father the food is ready, the piano raises its hand and slaps the Other Father. Could've just been an accident... could've been the piano telling him off for trying to warn Coraline.
* The fate of the children that the Other Mother kidnapped. It's clear that the other children are dead [[spoiler: caused by whatever the hell the Other Mother was doing to them]] but the fact remains that the children's real mothers [[AdultFear never knew what happened to their children or had any sense of closure.]] The movie adaptation made it a little bit better when Wybie's grandmother [[spoiler: finally had some sense of peace of what happened to her twin sister.]]
** The book makes it much plainer as to how the children died. [[spoiler: When they accepted her eyes, the children became her playthings. Sooner or later, she grows tired of her playthings and does to them what children everywhere do to their old toys. They ''put them away and never take them out again.'' Bluntly, she put them in her "toybox" one day and let them starve because they weren't new, fun toys anymore.]]
* It is clear from the book (and directly stated in the movie) that Coraline wishes her parents would pay more attention to her. Now on the foreground, the Other Mother merely ''pretends'' to pay attention to Coraline in order to [[spoiler: entrap her]]. But some bits of interaction (the [[HatesBeingTouched unwanted hugging]], the "learn to be a loving daughter" and such) give the Other Mother a behaviour typical for AbusiveParents, specifically of MyBelovedSmother -- which often happens if parents pay '''too much''' (unhealthy) attention to kids. Coraline ''really'' got [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor what she desired]] -- and it was horrible for her, ''on top'' of the whole [[spoiler: evil Fairy]] stuff.
* Being essentially a [[TheFairFolk fae creature]], the other mother may have existed for a [[OlderThanTheyThink long, LONG time]] possibly [[OlderThanDirt before the dawn of civilisation]], stealing children to feed on their souls. That means that there may have been thousands or millions of trapped souls in the other world that wasted away to nothing with nobody to free them. The three children's souls we see are just the latest batch still clinging onto hope. It's also possible that Coraline may have been the first child in history to thwart the Beldam...
** And then there's the [[GeniusLoci Passage]] [[MindScrew Between]] [[EldritchAbomination Worlds]], a living entity so powerful and [[TimeAbyss so unfathomably ancient]] that even she [[NothingIsScarier has no idea what the hell it is]]. In fact, the Beldam, [[HumanoidAbomination an immortal being of myth who possesses control over a separate dimension and has existed since time immemorial]], [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm can't even comprehend]] The Passage's existence because it's so... '''''beyond''' her''.
* The phrase "Beldam" may be a reference to "La Belle Dame Sans Merci (The Beautiful Woman Without Mercy)", a poem about a knight charmed and abandoned by the titular dangerous fairy. So does that mean that the Beldam does not necessarily prey only on children? Not likely, though, since the word "beldam" is an archaic term for "witch" that long predates the poem.
* Additionally: since the other mother has a mother, she can procreate. But species that procreate are rarely single. There could be ''more'' "other mothers" around...
** "I didn't know I had another mother." "Of course you do. Everyone does."
*** Given how much she lies, she may not be telling the truth--or she simply takes the form of the mother of whoever goes through her door, so that "everyone" does have an Other Mother.
** And if they procreate the same way real spiders do...
* The "Paragon of Animals" bit from Other Forcible and Other Spink. It's a reference to Hamlet, but the original has a very, very sarcastic tone and doesn't cut off at the word animal. It ends with "...and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?" What is Other Wybie made out of, and what does his hand revert to when it goes beyond Other Mother's threshold?
* The Beldam's world seems to be reserved for children lacking something vital in the real world, such as having an unhappy home life. If Sweet Ghost Girl had an unhappy life, there's two possibles for her sister -- Wybie's grandmother. First, she shared in her sister's misery and was also ensnared by the Beldam, but managed to escape. Second, she was the favorite of their parents who were ether neglectful or abusive to her sister. In short, ether Wybie's grandmother lived through something that cost her her sister, or she believes her own favor with their parents drove her away.
** While it wouldn't assuage whatever guilt Grandma Lovat has, it might be as simple as Sweet Ghost Girl having lost a proverbial coin toss. If Other Mother can't or won't cater to more than one child at a time (no matter how much their interests might overlap), then she somehow arbitrarily chose Sweet Ghost Girl over her sister. It might have come down to which twin found the doll first.
* When Coraline finds the door, she asks, "I wonder why it's so small?". The door was just tall enough for the doll to walk through it.
* The bed that the Ghost Children hide in has a large puddle in the middle. They have literally pissed the bed with fear.
* Wybie said that his grandmother, Mrs. Lovat, never rents the Pink Palace to families with children. Why now did she decide to rent it out to a family with a child? Well, Wybie's the same age as Coraline and he loves to wander around, sometimes a little to close to the Pink Palace. Wybie is just a susceptible child as Coraline was to being lured to the Other World. Is it then, out of fear over her kin, she rented out the flat to a family with a kid, to use as a ''scapegoat''?
* Even though Coraline disposed of the key (hopefully for eternity), the other world is still there in the house and only a single locked door away. Coraline will continue to go to bed at night in a room more or less directly above the doorway to a nightmare creature that tried to enslave her. Even if the beldam withered away and died after Coraline's escape, nobody in their right mind should want to remain in the same country, let alone the same house as that door.


!!FridgeLogic
* [[spoiler: Coraline is charged with finding the eyes of the ''three'' ghost children. Her mission is complete after retrieving only three eyes, which begs the question of why each ghost child has two buttons if they are all suffer from cyclopia. Apparently they were symbolic eyes, not literal ones.]]
** The three [[BuffySpeak glowing ball thingys]] might have just been containers for the actual sets of eyes. Near the end, when Coraline meets the children again before they pass on to heaven, the three globes are cracked like eggs and the kids have their eyes back.
** [[spoiler: In the book, it was their souls, so this troper would put it down to ExecutiveMeddling.]]
** [[spoiler: I thought this was a rather obvious bit of symbolism, with eyes being the "windows to the soul" and all. The whole process of sewing buttons into the children's eyes is essentially symbolic representation of the Other Mother taking the children's souls, anyway. Also, it can be said that anything with button eyes, including the Beldam herself, doesn't have a soul.]] I think this is less an example of FrideLogic and more you taking things a little too literally.
** [[spoiler: I always thought it was one eye each because it's their ThirdEye.]]
* Why would Wybie's grandmother, who doesn't allow families with children live at the Pink Palace, let Coraline and her family move in? Think about it....
** She could have just ''really'' needed the money and decided to take a chance.
** It's fully possible that she didn't know about Coraline until the family was moving in. It's not unheard of for parents to lie about not having a child in order to get a cheaper or more quiet apartment.
** People also lie about their pets. Now think of Miss Spink...
** In some states it's illegal to refuse to rent to someone on the basis that they have children. Wybie's grandmother probably made it very clear that she didn't want children in her building, which kept most people away, but if push came to shove (such as in the case of an overworked family wanting to meet a deadline) she'd have to give way.
** Possibly, she thought "Well, my sister was not quite 8 and this girl looks closer to 12. Maybe Beldam won't be interested in her. Anyway, she'll be perfectly safe as long as I keep that doll locked up." Then Wybie comes in and tells her he gave Coraline that doll that looks so much like her....
** Sadly, Wybie's grandmother might have been developing dementia at that point and had forgotten that she didn't want any families with kids living in the Pink Palace.
* Where was the Other Mother when Mel was shopping for groceries and Coraline went to the Other World? The Other Mother left the invitation to (Other) Spink and Forcible's show and the outfit, but where was the Beldam?
** FridgeBrilliance: presumably she was [[spoiler:out getting Coraline's parents. Coraline goes back and they're gone...]]
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