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->''"You know, you could stay forever, if you want to. There's just one tiny thing we have to do first..."''
-->-- '''Other Mother'''

TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', with Henry Selick of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' fame as director and writer. It was released on February 6, 2009 and it's the first StopMotion movie filmed with a 3-D camera (however, the 3-D viewings were in limited locations for a few weeks).

Coraline Jones moves from Pontiac, Michigan with her mother and father to the Pink Palace Apartments in Ashland, Oregon- an old house subdivided into three residences. With her parents frantically working on a gardening catalog in order to make ends meet and paying little attention to her, Coraline begins to feel neglected. While exploring the house, she discovers a small door with a brick wall behind it. That night, she is awoken by a mouse in her room, which she chases to the small door. She opens it, but instead of a brick wall, she finds a long, glowing passage, leading to another world.

At the other end, Coraline finds herself in the "Other World", which is inhabited by her "Other Mother" and "Other Father", idealized doubles of her parents (except for the black buttons sewn into their eyes) who pay close attention to Coraline. After enjoying a home-cooked meal made by the Other Mother, she spends the night in the Other World and awakens back in her bed in the real world.

Coraline continues to go to the Other World at night and is entertained by the various delights present, including idealized versions of her neighbors, a beautiful garden built in her image, and delicious food. Coraline begins to prefer the Other World to her real one, finding that she is receiving the love and attention from her other parents she is lacking at home. Eventually, the Other Mother offers to let Coraline stay in their world forever, on one condition:

[[MoodWhiplash She has buttons sewn into her eyes.]]

When she refuses, the film takes a dark turn as the Other Mother attempts to force Coraline to stay in her world, and Coraline must rely on her bravery and wits to get back home.
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* AbandonedWarehouse: Where the movie was made.
* AccidentalMisnaming: In the real world, all the neighbors call the titular girl "Caroline", which she hates. One of the more slight differences of the Other World is that everybody says her name correctly.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Bobinsky is able to jump straight off a three story (possibly higher) balcony and land without injury.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** In the film, the Other Mother starts off looking exactly like Coraline's mother, but with button-eyes, then transforms into a creepier, taller, skinnier form. The book has her in the latter form from the start.
** Inverted later in the film as well. [[spoiler: The Other Mother's [[OneWingedAngel final form]]]] doesn't look anywhere near so [[TheGrotesque monstrous]] in the book.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Literally. In the book, Coraline has brown hair. In the film, her hair is blue, but a picture of Coraline when she was younger has brown hair, implying it's dyed in-universe, which seems consistent with her fashion sense.
* AdaptationExpansion:
** 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.
** 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.
** It's mentioned that the Other Mother can only shape existing materials in the book, but the movie makes this more apparent, with the denizens of the Other World gaining connections to their real counterparts by what they turn into, and slowly deteriorating into those forms.
** The history of the Other Mother is shown to have an existing human connection in the form of Mrs. Lovat, the landlady, whose sister is the Other Mother's most recent victim.
* {{Adorkable}}: Wybie.
* 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...
** Wybie's grandmother [[spoiler:had a twin sister who mysteriously disappeared, and we find out that the sister was killed by the Other Mother. She then spends presumably Wybie's whole life (until the end of the movie) afraid that he's going to wander into the Pink Palace despite her warnings and disappear forever. Poor Grandma...]]
* AdvertisingByAssociation: Was promoted as "From the director of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''", leading many people believe that the movie is by Creator/TimBurton. Actually, it's Henry Selick who directed both movies, and Burton was only the producer of ''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' and had no involvement in ''Coraline''.
* TheAlcoholic: Coraline's mother gives this as the reason for Mr. Bobinsky's eccentricity, which Coraline denies, though it's never made clear. He's never shown drinking.
* 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 light-skinned African-American with brown curly hair. It's possible he's actually mixed-race; his grandmother is more obviously black. In a deleted scene Coraline asks Wybie if his grandmother is black, which Wybie confirms.
* AnAesop: There's no place like home...even if it doesn't seem enjoyable at first.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:The Other Father is forced into controlling the garden mantis to attack Coraline, and he apologizes while doing so.]]
* ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire: The Other Mother near the end. She even has a web themed room with bug furniture!
* BatOutOfHell: The Other Spink and Forcible's dog audience turns into bat creatures when things get dark, serving as a parallel to the angel costumes the real ladies' dogs get when they die. Coraline weaponizes the bat-dogs' aggression to hold off the Other Spink and Forcible monster.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The main moral of the story.
* BeneathTheMask: Horribly shown with The Other Mother after we discover the real reason she invited Coraline to her world.
* BigBad: The Other Mother.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The last touch of whimsy we see in the Other World is the Other Mother's transformation of the living room, with insect decor and living bug furniture. WordofGod is that this is a misguided extrapolation of Coraline's dragonfly hair clips, which the Other Mother takes as "bug enthusiast".
* BigDamnHeroes: Wybie triumphantly arrives just in time to rescue Coraline from the Other Mother, though he crashes his bike and ultimate must work with Coraline to finally defeat her.
* BigEater: With the exception of her father's cooking, Coraline eats quite a bit throughout the film.
* BigNo:
** Charlie Jones does this when Coraline accidentally erases all of his work on his computer.
** Coraline when she loses the green stone to the rats.
* 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.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: This happens to the creations of the Other Mother once the Other World turns dark. It's a bit more surreal here than in the book[[note]]For example, the Other Father becomes a pumpkin rather than a grub-like blob, and the Other Spink and Forcible are melted together like the book, but this is because they turn into taffy[[/note]], but no less frightening.]]
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler: After she's been trapped in the Other World, Coraline tricks the Other Mother to open the door back to the real world (under the pretense that her parents have been hidden there) to create an escape route. Since the Other Mother spends some time gloating about Coraline being stupid, Coraline is able to think quickly and distract her, escaping through the still-open door back to home.]]
* {{Bookends}}: The film begins and ends with a very similar pan over the Pink Palace.
* BrickJoke: The bowl of candy.
* CanonForeigner: Wybourne "Wybie" Lovat was added to the film so that understanding Coraline's thoughts would be easier.
* 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. (Voiced by Keith David in all his glory).
* CatsAreSuperior: Bingo, black cat. Snarky, deadpan, aloof, insulting, arrogant - but willing to help in Coraline's time of need and vital to her confrontation with the Other Mother.
* CerebusCallBack: In the third act, when the Other Mother is done trying to entice Coraline with the Other World, the previously enchanting and friendly sights and people turn twisted and threatening as they devolve into the materials from which they were created.
* CharacterDevelopment: Coraline goes from a [[BrattyTeenageDaughter whiny, snarky, and rude kid]] to being more appreciative of what she has and kinder to her parents, neighbors, and Wybie.
* 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]].
* ChekhovsGun:
** Coraline's hat and garden shears.
** [[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 snow globes.]]
** [[spoiler:The well.]]
** The opening sequence [[spoiler:with the [[ArtifactOfDoom doll]] being remade.]]
** The green stone near the end.
** The Other Mother's chicken oven mitt, which was repurposed by [[spoiler:the other Wybie to hide his disfigured GlasgowSmile.]]
** "Rat crap."
** On the Other Motherís part, the [[spoiler: people-playing piano.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The cat.
* ChessWithDeath: [[spoiler:Coraline searching for ghost children's hidden eyes and for her parents in exchange for everyone being released vs. staying with Other Mother if she fails.]]
* ChildEater: [[spoiler:The Other Mother. It's how the ghost children died, and what would have happened to Coraline if she'd not escaped the room the Other Mother locked her in after disobeying her.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Wybie and Bobinsky.
* ColorMotifs: The real world is rather dreary in contrast to the much more vibrant Other World. Once the illusion falls apart, the color begins to drain from the Other World and the real world becomes a bit more bright once Coraline realizes what her true home is.
* CombatPragmatist: Coraline. [[spoiler:To escape the Other Mother, she throws the Cat at her face (which results in her [[EyeScream buttons being torn off]]). Note that the Cat wasn't in on this plan]].
* ConspicuousGloves: Wybie (and the Other Wybie). In Real Wybie's case, it may be down to the fact he's seen riding a bike most of the time. That and there's a poison oak bush near the Pink Palace. Later in the film Other Wybie removes his glove to show Coraline he's just sawdust.
* CordonBleughChef: Coraline's father's cooking is awful.
* CostumePorn: With miniatures, no less.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The Other World. At first glance, it seems to be a dream world that's preferable to the real world, [[spoiler:but once The Other Mother's magic starts wearing off it starts becoming a nightmare 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.]]
** The other Wybie usually has a perpetual smile frozen on his face, which is more creepy when you find out that he's required to smile at all times.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: The bulk of the soundtrack.
* CreepyCircusMusic: At the end when Coraline visits the Other Bobinsky [[spoiler: to retrieve the eye from him]], the music (not surprisingly) has a faint resemblance to circus music, but in a very creepy tone.
* CreepyDoll: A doll modeled after Coraline's likeness shows up early on in the movie. [[spoiler:The Other Mother uses it to spy on her prey.]]
* CreepyLongFingers: Other Mother's final form show her with very skeletal hands, composed of sewing needles rather than actual hands with bones and skin. This is first seen at the opening where she remakes the doll, the only a part of her visible to the audience being her needle-hands.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Coraline asks Wybie what made him change his mind when he didn't believe her earlier, as she explained about the Other Mother, and The Cat. ''[[TimmyInAWell The Cat went to him to get help.]]''
* CuteApproachesCamera: The black cat wakes up Coraline in this fashion.
* CuteMute: The Other Wybie.
* DarkIsEvil: 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.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The black cat helps Coraline the most while she's in the Other World.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: After [[spoiler:Coraline retrieves the eyes of the kids the other mother ate, they are freed from the Other World, and she later visits them in heaven]]. Although, granted, by this time they were already dead.
* DarkReprise: ''Alone'' is the sadder version of the song played at the second half of ''Installation''.
* 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:''' No, 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? (sarcastically) Well, you're clearly the expert on these things.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: As the Other Mother loses control of the Other World, the different zones become completely grayed out and these eventually collapse into a white void.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Especially in the scenes where [[spoiler:the other world starts to disappear.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Coraline's Other Mother.
* 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...
-->'''The Other Father:''' [[NotHelpingYourCase So sharp you won't feel a thing.]]
** Ironically, [[spoiler:the Other Mother herself loses her button eyes, blinding her.]]
* FacialHorror: While button eyes are traditionally a more quirky or off-beat style for a doll, this exploits the trait for horror, as they're the symbol of the Other Mother's control and the process of getting the eyes is treated as horrific in-universe.
* TheFairFolk: The Other Mother, just human enough to know she's a mystery.
* FalseUtopia: The Other World.
* 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.
** 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.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:The Other Mother is not as friendly as she first appears.]]
* FireForgedFriends: [[spoiler:Coraline and Wybie bond by fighting the Other Mother's evil hand of doom.]]
* FlatCharacter: The Other Bobinsky, Forcible and Spink. Justified because they're constructs of the Other Mother and exist solely to entertain Coraline (and thus lure her into the Beldam's trap).
* 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.]] 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.
** During the dining room scenes, though the Other Father and Coraline are happy to eat the food that's offered to them, the Other Mother never eats it herself. [[spoiler:That's because she feeds on something differently entirely.]]
** In the Other House's dining room there's three frames, each with the silhouette portrait of a child in them.
** 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!]]"
** The tea leaves. Ms. Spink warns Coraline to be careful [[spoiler: because she sees a hand]]. Meanwhile Ms. Forcible sees a giraffe and sees it as a good sign. However it may also be a foreshadowing, considering that she calls it a "tall, handsome beast". [[spoiler: The Other Mother is handsome in the beginning, and becomes more and more tall and ugly by the end]].
** "This piano... plays me." Pretty accurate, once you realize that the Other Father was trying to subtly warn Coraline all the way.
** The very subtle split-second sign of the Other Father's stitches coming loose in the piano scene.
** 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.]]
** The Other Mother telling Coraline [[spoiler:"It's all made up"]] on her first visit. [[spoiler:The Other World certainly seems to be.]]
** At the beginning of the movie, Wybie tells Coraline that his grandmother doesn't normally rent to families with kids. [[spoiler:We find out later that it's due to the child disappearances caused by the Other Mother]].
** In the Other garden, the frog pops out of a pitcher plant; pitcher plants are carnivorous and lure their prey in with sweet nectar before trapping and digesting them.
** At the end of the mouse circus act, the mice all crawl into the Other Bobinsky's outfit. [[spoiler: When the Other World is falling apart, the Other Bobinsky is corrupted into a swarm of rats in the costume he wears.]]
** The vision Coraline sees of her parents shows them shivering and covered with snow, and when she's in the living room in the Other World, the sound of them writing on frosty glass can be heard.[[spoiler: They've been hidden in one of the snow globes on the mantel.]]
* ForeignSoundingGibberish: The general consensus as to exactly what they are saying in choral numbers like ''[[https://youtu.be/gxs2vS2gJ-c Exploration]]'' and ''[[https://youtu.be/_LLHUQQ9cmM Dreaming]]'', and of course the [[https://youtu.be/J8ry1f_3Lsk end credits song]].
** Closed captions just call it "Child/Children singing nonsense words".
* FunnyForeigner: The rechristened-for-the-movie Mr. Bobinsky.
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* GagBoobs: Ms. Forcible. [[FanDisservice Emphasis on "gag"]].
-->*As Miss Forcible turns*\\
'''Coraline:''' ''Oh'' my god.
* GameFace: The Other Mother.
* GardenOfEvil: The previously magical garden in the the Other World [[spoiler:quickly turns hostile when Coraline goes there to find the Ghost Childrens' eyes]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The movie was rated PG in theaters, but is tagged with a TV-14 on U.S. television airings, although the heavy doses of Nightmare Fuel surely aided that decision.
** 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. Apparently there was a lot of discussion about the famous half-naked Spink and Forcible scene, specifically exactly how much they could get away with. Selick said he convinced the company to let it slide because Forcible was not only covering her naughty bits, but was also spoofing a socially acceptable, famous painting.
** In the introductory scene of Ms. Spink and Forcible, look closely. Spink's [[FanDisservice nipples are erect]]. How did they sneak that in?
** The 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...''"
** "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...
** 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?"
* 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.
* GlasgowSmile: Played with. The Other Mother freezes Other Wybie's face into a perpetual smile when [[spoiler:she takes away his voice]], and later sews it into an even more hideous smile. The doll she uses is a straight example, as the mouth is slit open to remove the stuffing each time she remakes the doll.
* GoodAllAlong: The Other Father. Even though [[PeoplePuppets he's a slave to the Other Mother's will]], there are clearly moments early-on when he's using whatever limited freedom he has to help and ''warn'' Coraline. His piano song is trying to drop hints that the Other Mother is constantly watching her. When Coraline rejects having buttons sown into her eyes, the Other Father is ''smirking'' at her failure. Then he goes the extra mile trying to demonstrate how [[EyeScream painful]] the process is, [[SilenceYouFool only to receive a sharp kick from the Other Mother]].
** The kindness that the Other Father and Wybie show Coraline can be explained in that the Other Mother created them for one purpose; to please Coraline. What did she want most? [[IJustWantToBeLoved friends and family that loved her enough not to neglect her]], unlike what she perceived about her real parents. Therefore, the Other Mother created them to [[ExactWords love Coraline unconditionally]]. Unfortunately for her, this [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfired]] horribly. Unfortunately for THEM, the Other Mother [[YouHaveFailedMe doesn't take kindly to insubordination]].
* 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, the Other Mother, and the Other Spink.
* 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.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Other Mother creates alternate versions of Coraline's father and neighbor kid to be friendly and supportive and care about her. [[GoneHorriblyRight This leads to them defying her and sacrificing their existence for Coraline's sake]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Other Mother cheats like ''crazy'' and wouldn't have let Coraline go whether she'd won the game or not, but is ''furious'' when Coraline [[spoiler: throws the cat at her to turn the tables; "You horrible, cheating girl!!!"]]
* HypocriticalHumour: "I'm way too old for dolls". Cue her immediately playing with the doll all day and naming it "Little Me".
* IDoNotDrinkWine: The Other Mother is a fantastic chef, but while the Other Father and Coraline pile their plates with her food, we never see a speck on the Other Mother's plate, preferring to keep her attention onto Coraline. We find out her diet later...
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: [[spoiler:The Other Father, passing on the first ghost eye.]]
-->''"Taaaaaake iiiiit..."''
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: The Other Spink and Forcible. [[spoiler: This is later done more horrifically with the Other Mother.]]
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''", which most people associate with its producer, Creator/TimBurton.
** This was actually a later addition as early ads only billed it as "from the director of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''" most likely in the hopes that people who only know Nightmare as being a Tim Burton film would assume he directed it.
* InfantImmortality:
** Thrown for a violent loop with the final fate of [[spoiler:the poor, sweet Other Wybie]].
** Implied aversion with the [[spoiler:ghost children.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Coraline seems to become this with her neighbors at the Pink Palace Apartment.
* {{Irony}}:
** Coraline states that even though her parents write about gardening catalogues her mother ''hates'' dirt.
** The deterioration of the Other World reveals that some of its denizens' starting points were objects positively connected to their real world basis, like the Other Spink and Forcible becoming the taffy offered to Coraline, and the other Bobinsky becoming a swarm of vicious rodents, which seem to be a benevolent force to the the real Mr. B, and who, according to him, are concerned for Coraline's safety. Even the Other Father, who becomes a pumpkin, might be based on the real father's horrible cooking done out of love.
* JacobMarleyWarning: The three ghost children give this to Coraline when she meets them behind the mirror, telling her how their [[spoiler: souls were devoured by the Other Mother.]]
* JumpScare: There are a few.
** Coraline suddenly gets grabbed by the Other Spink and Forcible monster when she tries to take the second pair of ghost eyes.
** A more mild one when Coraline is approaching the real world Spink and Forcible's apartment and the dogs jump up suddenly, complete with their "infernal yapping."
* 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. We even see a rash on her hands afterwards, which then becomes a plot point.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Arguably "Dreaming" for the Other world in general. The Other Mother even hums it.
** Coraline has one in the form of "Exploration"
** Wybie has two.
* LighterAndSofter: They actually toned down the creepiness from the book, believe it or not, yet some very different forms of new creepiness were added. So it depends.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Notice how Coraline punches Wybie on the shoulder at the end. It's the same way Mel punched Charlie's shoulder earlier. Let the [[ShipTease shipping]] commence!
** Plus, if you count how both couples have similar personality traits.
* LipstickLesbian: Spink and Forcible. (Their relationship isn't explicit in the story, but Gaiman confirmed it on his tumblr.)
* LittleMissSnarker: Coraline.
* LockAndLoadMontage: There is a short one when Coraline prepares to enter the Other World to find her parents.
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* MacGuffin: The eyes of the ghost children.
* MadnessMantra: Once Coraline barricades herself in her room, she hops under the covers and says to herself, "Go to sleep," over and over again.
* 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.]]
* MonochromeApparition: The ghost children are of pale blueish color.
* MoodWhiplash: The film is famous for transitioning from fantasy to horror at the halfway point, when the true intentions of the Other Mother are revealed.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The lyrics in the soundtrack are mostly just gibberish, but they sound ''just'' enough like language to cause you to think they must make sense somehow.
* MortonsFork: According to the ghost children, the Beldam won't let Coraline go even if she wins the game.
* {{Motif}}: Buttons, spiders, and the Other Mother's hand are prominent images in the film.
* 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 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.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler: The Other Mother's final form resembles a spidery skeleton woman with a face like a porcelain doll, hands made of sewing needles and button eyes.]]
* NoNameGiven: We don't know the names of Coraline's friends from Michigan, the Cat, Wybie's grandmother, or [[spoiler:the 3 ghost children]].
* NonHumanSidekick:
** The Other Wybie, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman arguably]].
** The cat fills this role as well, especially after Other!Wybie [[spoiler:meets his sad fate.]]
* NonMaliciousMonster: Among the creatures in the Other World, only the Other Mother is actively malicious. The Other Father and the Other Wybie end up entering LoveRedeems mode because they were made to love Coraline and be her friend respectively, while the Other Forcible, Spink and Bobinski are barely sentient due to the fact that their only purpose was to entertain Coraline.
* NoodleIncident: Coraline's mother mentions a car accident that caused the family to move. She's also wearing a neck brace throughout the film.
* NoodlePeople:
** Coraline is as thin as a rod, but many other characters, like her father and Ms. Spink, are short and squat.
** Mr. Bobinsky is a borderline example - he's round and rotund, but with spidery legs.
** The Other Mother starts out looking like Coraline's mother, along with her legs. Gradually, she morphs and transforms throughout the story [[spoiler: into a wizened, vaguely human creature with four spidery legs and arms made out of sewing needles]].
* NotableOriginalMusic
* ObjectCeilingCling: The candy bowl at Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible's apartment.
* OhCrap:
** ''"Black is traditional."''
** When [[spoiler:the other world starts to collapse, for the first time the cat looks genuinely terrified.]]
* OminousMusicBoxTune: When Coraline visits the Other Spink and Forcible's theatre the second time.
* OminousLatinChanting: More like ominous gibberish chanting. Most notable at the end credits.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Over the course of the movie the Other Mother progressively gets more monstrous. She starts as a copy of Coraline's real mother, then gets [[LeanAndMean thinner, spindlier and overall wicked-looking]]. By the end of the movie she reveals her true form - a spindly spider-human hybrid with [[CreepyDoll cracked porcelain skin]], metal legs and hands with claws made of sewing needles.]]
* OrpheanRescue: The final act of the film becomes this, with Coraline going into the Other World to rescue her parents and the three ghost children.
* ParallelPornTitles: The posters for the burlesque versions of Creator/WilliamShakespeare plays in the actresses' apartment: ''Julius Sees-Her'', ''King Leer'', etc.
* ParentsAsPeople: Coraline's parents mean well, but they don't have time for her.
* ParentsInDistress: [[spoiler:Coraline's parents are kidnapped by the Other Mother and she has to return to the Other World one last time and challenge the Other Mother in order to save them.]]
* PopStarComposer: Almost. Music/TheyMightBeGiants did write songs for the movie, but they ended up not fitting for the most part, and almost all got {{cut|Song}}.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: To sustain her life, the Beldam must [[spoiler:consume all the love out of a child's soul after [[EyeScream sewing buttons over their eyes]].]]
* PowerTrio: Coraline, Wybie and the Cat form one.
* PlatonicBoyGirlHeroes: Coraline and Wybie.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[spoiler:Coraline shouts "No I'm not!" just before throwing the Cat at the Other Mother.]]
* ProtagonistTitle: The movie (like the book) is named after the protagonist.
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler:A lot of The Other Mother's minions like The Other Wybie and the Other Father.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "You. Aren't. My. Mother."
* 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.]]
* RapidFireNo: Coraline's father does this when Coraline accidentally shuts off the power to the house while he's working on the computer.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: The Other Mother's original form.
* 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.
* RedOniBlueOni: Coraline is obviously associated with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]], while the Other Mother is detailed in [[BlackWidow red and black]], much like [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice and the Red Queen]].
** Funnily enough, Coraline herself embodies both onis in different mediums: British book!Coraline is more stoic, mature and cerebral while American Movie!Coraline is more belligerent and snarky.
* RedRightHand: The Other Mother is seen mechanically drumming her fingers at one point, belying her true form underneath. 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.
* {{Retreaux}}: The entire movie, from the clothing, to the hairstyles, to the gigantic, baby-crushing CRT monitor on Coraline's dad's computer is steeped in TheNineties, which is strange, since the book it was based on came out in 2002. Overall it seems to be a GenreThrowback to Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} shows and their imitators [[NetworkDecay from before Nickelodeon sucked]], complete with snarky, pubescent female protagonist.
** May cause a bit of AnachronismStew; Coraline's mom has a flip-phone that looks more like it's from the early 2000s.
* 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.
* RussianReversal: "This piano plays me."
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* ScaryStitches: The Other Wybie's mouth is sewn into a forced smile. Also, the stitches of the Other World residents' button eyes.
* 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.
* SeashellBra: The Other Forcible wears one dressed as Venus.
* ShipTease: The interactions between Wybie and Coraline is seen by [[{{Fanon}} the fans as a burgeoning romance]].
* ShoeSlap: Coraline gets mad at Wybie at one point and throws the heeled boots Other Mother made for her at him while chasing after him in the rain. (In the commentary, the filmmakers note that this would have very different connotations in the middle east.)
* ShoutOut:
** To ''WesternAnimation/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. The cat is the same sort of black, scrawny specimen seen in Halloweentown, and when the Other Mother cracks an egg, the falling yolk is shaped like Jack Skellington's face. Similarly, when Wybie has his facemask/helmet on, he bears a strong resemblance to Barrel. There also might be one to Creator/{{Pixar}}, as one of the Shakespeare players has a baby in a backpack that looks a lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Jack-Jack]].
** The ball that the rats were playing with was the one from [[WesternAnimation/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.
** 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 Creator/KeithDavid, who also provided the voice of Goliath. Then again, both may simply be an EpilepticTrees moment. On the other hand, Keith David himself is a tall, handsome beast.
** Wybie shares the same last name of a runaway black child named Jessie Lovat in ''Literature/AmericanGods''.
** [[spoiler:When the other world is getting destroyed, it's just white with some black outlined objects. It's very similar to ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.]]
** Much of Other Father's creepy Dialogue when [[spoiler: Other Mother]] isn't around seems similar to Film/{{Psycho}}.
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Quite a lot. The poster in the old ladies' apartment reads [[ParallelPornTitles "King Leer"]]. The boy in the uniforms store yelled "My kingdom for a horse!". Several lines from ''Hamlet'' were quoted during the theater scene. And to top it off, Oregon natives will recognize the city the titular character's family moved to as Ashland, Oregon, where the Shakespeare Festival is held annually.
** "What a piece of work is a man; how noble in reason; how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable in action; how like an angel in apprehension; how like a god." Done awesomely. Especially since [[spoiler: they were saying it sarcastically]], though Coraline and unfamiliar viewers wouldn't know it at the time.
** An old witch entices children into her home with treats in order to eat them up herself, and eventually gets killed by one of her could-have-been victims, who's also female. [[Literature/HanselAndGretel Sounds familiar?]]
* 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.
* SoreLoser: [[spoiler:The Other Mother.]]
* TheSouthpaw: Coraline writes with her left hand, as changelings were alleged to do.
* TheSpeechless: The other Wybie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. As well as Henry Selick's previous ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' adaptation. And ''Film/MirrorMask''.
* StepfordSmiler: The Other Mother, and most of the denizens in her realm.
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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Sort of. When Coraline and the cat first have a conversation, Coraline is initially skeptical that the cat is the same one from the real world (as opposed to a copy in the Other World). The cat quickly puts an end to the skepticism, with a casual CallBack to an earlier scene where Coraline referred to the cat as a "Wuss puss."
* SwallowTheKey: Done by the Other Mother.
* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Small, Dark, and Snarky]]: The cat.
* TheEndOrIsIt: Done very subtly with the last shots of the movie. As the camera pans out on the garden, the way it's planted makes it look like the Other Mother's face, like the Other Garden resembled Coraline, and the Cat is seen vanishing into the Other World again.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Coraline never finishes a single meal throughout the entire movie. When the first meal gets replaced by cake, she doesn't eat that either. And she tosses away a bag of popcorn in the Other Mouse Circus.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: When the cat delivers a killing bite to one of the Other Bobinsky's circus mice, it turns into a rat. As the Other World deteriorates, we get to see more of what its denizens came from.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Subverted. [[spoiler: Coraline throws the stone at the rat trying to run away with the "eye". The rat easily dodges it.]]
* TickleTorture: Coraline suffers this at the hands of some plants in the Other Father's garden. May have been FriendlyTickleTorture based on the tone at the time.
* 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.
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* 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 pronounced "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 Creator/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 ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. And it has especially interesting plot-correlations when you recall that when he originally spoke it in the play, Hamlet was being ''sarcastic''.
*** Especially when you also notice that they stop right before "And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me."
*** It's just a passing gag, but how many people are going to get "[[Theatre/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?
* VillainousBreakdown: The Other Mother's GlamourFailure happens gradually throughout the whole film, but she completely loses it when [[spoiler: Coraline sees through her tricks and gets the cat to claw out the Other Mother's eyes,]] complete with a heaping helping of {{Hypocrisy}}.
-->'''The Other Mother:''' ''[[SoreLoser You horrible, cheating girl!]]''
* VoiceOfTheLegion: For most of his last scene, the Other Bobinsky speaks with his normal voice, but for a single, horror-filled line, he uses this trope to great effect.
* 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.]]
* WingdingEyes: The Other Mother and all of her living creations have the notable distinction of possessing black buttons for eyes, demonstrating their unnatural and uneasy presence. The Other Mother is even shown to be able to change their color if she wanted to.
* WhamLine:
** "Or maybe...she'd just ''love'' something to ''[[ChildEater eat]]''."
** The entirety of the Ghost children's story shows the Beldam's true nature, but this line in particular:
-->"She said that she loved us...but she locked us in here...''and ate up our lives...''"
** "You're just a copy she made of the real Mr. B..." "Not even that...''[[VoiceOfTheLegion anymore]]''..."
* WhamShot:
** The first appearance of the Other Mother...turning around to reveal that she has buttons for eyes.
** The scene where Coraline opens the box that will allow her to live with her Other parents forever...and sees the buttons. It's then that it dawns on her what exactly the Other Mother wants her to do...
** The Other Mother's transformation as she counts to three in response to Coraline's defiance.
** Three of them during the trials Coraline has to go through to get the ghost eyes--[[spoiler:the Other Father appearing forcibly strapped to his mantis tractor, the Other Spink and Forcible bursting out of the candy wrapper made of taffy, fused together and a rat appearing inside the Other Mr. B's empty suit.]]
* TheWormThatWalks: The other Bobinsky near the end of the movie.
* VaporWear: April Spink, if you look closely enough.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: The Other Mother.]]
* 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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