* ActingForTwo: Every voice actor whose character has real-world and Other World versions.
** Except for [[spoiler: Other Wybie, whom the Other Mother has rendered mute because Coraline finds the real Wybie obnoxious.]]
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: "Creator/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.
* {{Defictionalization}}: The Detroit Zoo snowglobe.
* 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 mice are animated by replacement parts; every single movement needs an entirely new, sculpted mouse figure.
** 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.
* DyeHard: [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Coraline herself]]; an old family photo reveals that her real hair colour is a medium-brown, close to her dad's colour.
* FakeNationality: Ian Mcshane as Mr Bobinsky - Bobinsky is Russian while Mcshane is British.
* HeyItsThatVoice: KeithDavid as a black cat who seems incredibly {{Badass}} just because it's his voice. Admittedly, he was pretty badass in the book, too. Luckily, his fight with that one rat doesn't take [[TheyLive five minutes of screen time]].
** Keith David voiced Spawn in Todd [=McFarlane=]'s Spawn, which is based on the comic book of the same name that Neil Gaiman wrote an issue and filed a lawsuit over.
** Also, the two mothers are [[Series/LoisAndClark Lois Lane]] and [[DesperateHousewives Susan]].
*** However, in the video game, she's KathSoucie.
** The Other Father is briefly voiced by John Linnell of TheyMightBeGiants during his song for Coraline.
*** One wonders about the content of Mr. Jones' seed catalog. Is it full of [[CompleteWorldKnowledge made-up seeds, a list of 700 famous gardeners, and masturbation jokes]], by any chance?
*** At one point, the father mentions that he is [[IncrediblyLamePun getting a virus]]. Get it, because he's a PC?
** And Creator/DakotaFanning as the voice of Coraline.
* NetworkToTheRescue: Initially, no studio showed interest in the film. Then producer Bill Mechanic (who also believed in Creator/JamesCameron and ''{{Titanic}}'' at Fox) showed interest and jumped on as a financier, which got the film made and a distributor in Universal. The movie became a SleeperHit, director Henry Selick got a deal at {{Pixar}} and the animation studio now works full-time with Universal.
* 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]].
* TheRedStapler: The Detroit Zoo fountain snowglobe was eventually produced as an actual zoo souvenir after the film was released.
* SleeperHit: When the film came out, stop-motion animation was considered dead and the film was expected to die a quick death at the box office against ''PinkPanther 2'' and the ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D''. After a better than expected opening, the film kept on going until finally becoming the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all-time.
* StarMakingRole: For Laika Animation themselves, whose success with the film lead to closing their CG feature division entirely, to focus entirely on their stop motion division.
* 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'').
** At one point, there were plans to use two different animation techniques for the film: stop motion for the real world, and CGI for the Other world. However, when tests of this approach were attempted, it was found that the stop motion looked much more visually interesting than the CG, making the world Coraline left seem much more interesting than the world she entered. So they tried a switch, with CG for the real world and stop motion for the Other world, but this didn't look right either, so they settled with an all-stop mo technique.
* There was a ''lot'' of discussion about the famous Other Spink and Other Forcible performance, specifically exactly how much they could get away with. Selick said he convinced the company to let it slide because Other Forcible was not only covering her naughty bits, but was also spoofing a socially acceptable, famous painting.
* Author Creator/NeilGaiman has discussed the adaptation with director Henry Selick since before the book was published. He and his daughter Maddy Gaiman are fans of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* Gaiman's daughter was also the [[http://www.npr.org/2011/12/24/144146842/author-neil-gaiman-plays-not-my-job reason]] he wrote Coraline. A case of [[SoMyKidsCanWatch So My Kids Can Read]].
* The movie's production took five years, at the rate of roughly three seconds a day.
* It is the first stop-motion movie to be produced in 3D. As the side-by-side camera rig commonly used in live-action shoots cannot fit into the miniature sets, not to mention unable to create the desired results, the camera crew solved this by building a camera rig that slightly move the camera sideways after each take and take a second picture, resulting in the 3D effect seen in the movie.
* Most of the non-stop-motion effects are either hand-drawn or shot in live action, with as few CG effects as possible.
* The character Wybie Lovat was not in the original book, and was added following producer Bill Mechanic's suggestion. The decision is approved by Creator/NeilGaiman.
* Has the world record for longest StopMotion film.
* ThrowItIn: The scene with Other Spink and Other Forcible was originally meant to have a song written by TheyMightBeGiants (as was a lot of the rest of the film, but that's another matter). After hearing the placeholder song the writers had come up with, John and John said it was good enough and there was no reason to replace it.
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