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[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]

* 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 neckbrace that Coraline's mother is wearing is a stealth pun: to her mother, Coraline's antics are a ''pain in the neck''.
* On closer examination, 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 than 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, during the day. 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 sewn 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]].
* 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 the motorcycle.
* Towards the end of the Exploration scene, Coraline lists off what she finds in the final room to explore: "One boring blue boy in a painfully boring painting, four incredibly boring windows, and ''no more doors''." It takes a while to catch on: this [[TemptingFate leads in]] to how there is [[ForegoneConclusion ''one more door'']] to find...
* 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.
** 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!
* 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, Creator/KeithDavid, certainly is.
* Literally everything from the real apartment has an Other World counterpart. Even the VW Beetle, which appears to not be present, is actually there in the form of [[spoiler: 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, chocolate-bug snacks notwithstanding. 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]].
* [[spoiler: The Other Mother's final form resembles a spider. Several species of spiders are known to eat their offspring.]] 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.
* If one listens to the lyrics of the song the Other Father sings more closely, they appear to be actually warning Coraline 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. 4 holes in each button make 8 eyes, the same as spiders have.
* 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]].
** 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 add another layer of horror to how she [[BodyHorror mutilates]] and/or destroys her own "children".)
* 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? She ''shushes'' the Other Father. Which might not make sense at first, until one remembers that on her previous visit the Other Father, almost immediately upon meeting Coraline, seemed to try to warn her with a song.
* 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 with how long has she been without food... no wonder she's desperate.
* 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.]]
* On reflection, 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.
* 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 three 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. To say nothing of the possibility that, unlike Coraline, their home lives could have been ''actually'' abusive and not just plagued with moving stress. Their fantasy worlds wouldn't have just been refuges from negligent parents, but from abusive ones, or an abusive society. They would have had far more reason than Coraline to be desperate for a better life, making their fates even more of a TearJerker.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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?
* 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 she was missing herself. Presumably, she was [[spoiler:out getting Coraline's parents. Coraline goes back and they're gone...]]
* The Ghost Eye hidden in the Theater is disguised as a pearl on a ring. Why a pearl? Well, it's on the Other Forcible's finger, and her character in the play was heavily associated with oysters.

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[[folder: Fridge Horror ]]

* The little circus ball that the mice use in the Other World during that cute and entertaining sequence? [[spoiler:That's ''the sweet ghost girl's soul.'']]
* The fact that everything in the Other World seems to be made of the same thing. The entire time in the Other World, whatever Coraline was eating was... probably not actually food.
* As well as being brilliance, the Other Father's song counts for sounding cheery and innocent, but being pretty creepy when one examines 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."
** "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 a goofy accident... could've been the piano telling him off for trying to warn Coraline, like how it tries to shut him up later.
* Since the Other Mother has a mother in the book, she can procreate. But species that procreate are rarely single. There could be ''more'' "other mothers" around... it might be that she wasn't lying when she told Coraline everyone has one.
** And if they procreate the same way real spiders do...
* 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 either ignored by the Beldam, left to her sad home life, or she was also ensnared by the Beldam, but managed to escape. Second, she was the favorite of their parents who were either neglectful or abusive to her sister. In short, either Wybie's grandmother lived through something that cost her her sister, or she believes her own favor with their parents drove her away.
* 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 wet 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 too 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, unless the balls were just containers for the eyes.]]
* Although one can speculate, it's never actually explained why Wybie's grandmother, who doesn't allow families with children to live at the Pink Palace, let Coraline and her family move in.
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