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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The]] [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Beldam]]]], otherwise known as the [[FauxAffablyEvil Other Mother]], from both the book and [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} movie]], is a [[WickedWitch sinister temptress]] who [[BitchInSheepsClothing lures children into her otherworldly lair with the promise of a better life]]. The Other Mother spoils them and subtly draws them more and more into the world, eventually convincing them to [[EyeScream sew buttons onto their eyes]] to stay in her realm forever. Once they do, however, she [[WouldHurtAChild murders them]] and [[AndIMustScream locks away their souls]] so as to replenish her energy. She has repeated the process with three children (in the movie, this includes [[spoiler:the sister of the owner of the apartment the gateway between worlds is in]]), and tries to do the same to the titular Coraline. Upon her defiance, the Other Mother [[spoiler:kidnaps her parents and forces her into a horrifying game of finding the dead children's eyes]]. She also casually [[BadBoss disfigures her own servants]] when they resist her, turning the Other Father into an abominated slug in the book, and a pumpkin in the movie. It doesn't help that in the book, the Other Mother also claims that [[spoiler:she [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her own mother, as well]]]]. Once Coraline [[spoiler:wins the eyes, the Other Mother still attempts to catch her, and sends her severed hand into the real world to pursue Coraline once she escapes her clutches.]] In the film, she also [[spoiler:forces the [[ApologeticAttacker Other Father]] into attacking his "daughter," and she murders the Other Wybie after [[HeelFaceTurn he had helped Coraline escape]]]]. Throughout both works, despite her claims of how much she loves the children she lures into her trap, it's clear that she sees them as nothing more than toys that she disposes of after she's bored with them. The Other Mother is one of the most twisted villains in children's literature and stands as a prime example of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor being careful what you wish for]].
* ParanoiaFuel: Be afraid of buttons. Be VERY afraid.
** One of the quotes from reviews on the back cover of the book says, ''"You'll never look at buttons the same way again."'' The quote was from Creator/TerryPratchett.

[[folder:Book examples]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The Other Mother. Some say her ''only'' desire is to eat children's lives; others say she's a {{Woobie}} who truly wants to love and be loved but just can't control her hunger.
** Alternately, she might not see the difference between loving children and eating their lives. Just like how she doesn't see the difference between loving someone enough to know what's genuinely best for them, or giving them everything they want.
** Is the Other Mother's first transformation an intimidation tactic or her giving up on trying to look nice? Or is her starvation taking the ability to disguise herself away from her, and she's losing control of her form? The second transformation, being offscreen and without theatrics, would indicate so, but it's not entirely clear.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The audiobook version has a ''weird'' song sung in the middle of chapter 5. It's related to the plot of the story, but comes out of nowhere, is the only one, and is never touched upon again.
* GeniusBonus: The Other Mother is most likely one of TheFairFolk of British folklore, who were said to kidnap and sometimes devour children. The portal between worlds looking like a little door is one of many fairy world gateways, and the stone with a hole in it is most likely an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone adder stone]] said to help see through fairy or witches' illusions. The mushrooms surrounding the old well is a fairy ring, where [[http://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-folklore/do-you-dare-enter-fairy-ring-mythical-mushroom-portals-supernatural-003677 not-so-good things]] happen to those who step in it, so [[spoiler: Coraline using it to trap the hand was a very smart move on her part]]. Finally, [[spoiler:one of the dead children being revealed to have [[OurFairiesAreDifferent butterfly wings and a love of eating flowers]] suggests that the [[TheFairFolk Other Mother]] [[ImAHumanitarian doesn't just hunt human children]].]]
* IronWoobie: Coraline. Unlike her movie counterpart, she never whines and always tries to keep a decent attitude despite the things she goes through.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Full of distinctly Freudian terror, but the true creepiness of the book isn't always apparent to kids, who might see it as just a book about scary monsters.

[[folder:Movie examples]]
* AwesomeMusic: Bruno Coulais' score for the movie is stunning, particularly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LLHUQQ9cmM&list=PLDCD67CE98D531DCE&index=2 the opening theme]], which really does evoke a sense of the world through the eyes of a child.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Wybie. Some of Coraline's character development is changed or removed completely in order to focus on him. [[spoiler: Most notably, he comes to Coraline's rescue at the last minute in the ending; in the book, Coraline didn't ''need'' saving, because she was setting a trap the entire time.]] Others however, [[ApprovalOfGod including Neil Gaiman]] find that he was a necessary character in order to make the narrative more fluid and to give Coraline someone to talk to.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny MY KINGDOM-M-M-M-M FOR A HORSE!!!]]'''
* EarWorm: Music/TheyMightBeGiants spend some time [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRPS3XlRYLk&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=10 makin' up a song about Coraline...]]
** Knowing that the movie was originally planned as a musical with songs by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, it's probably fair to say that a good number of these were averted. The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxz7IDa65HQ "Careful What You Pack"]] (which eventually wound up on their 2007 album The Else) was originally written for this movie, and ''damn'' but it's catchy.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGuJXsBqLRA&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=6 I'm known as the siren of all seven seas, the breaker of hearts by the bay...]]"
* EnsembleDarkHorse: The Other Wybie is ''insanely'' popular among the fanbase.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: More like "[[RedScare Everyone is Lenin in Russia]]", according to [[http://yrnetwork.com/media/news.aspx?uid=1908 this]] article.
* FriendlyFandoms: One has sprung up between this movie and ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/{{ParaNorman}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. The four together make up a group dubbed the "''SugarWiki/MysteryKids''".
* GeniusBonus: Going with the book's implication that the Other Mother is a member of TheFairFolk, her ability to transform things into something else (rats into mice, a pumpkin into the Other Father) is very similar to the glamour that Fairies use to lure humans. Leaving a doll behind when she takes a human also calls to mind Fairies leaving an inanimate object behind in place of the abductee. Said object also resembles the person stolen.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91nfNp7MVIw this clip]]:
--->'''Coraline''': [[VideoGame/{{Antichamber}} Huh? How can you walk away from something and still come back to it?]]
** A retroactive one, Creator/KeithDavid before this movie didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]], and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.
** The first time we see Coraline's mother (the real one), she's in a jumper with a bob haircut and her laptop casts a bluish glow all over her, making her look like [[Film/InsideOut Sadness.]]
** The moon in the Other World gradually turning into a button will make a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyy5NXTL1mg few viewers nostalgic for unintended reasons]].
* {{HSQ}}: Breaks the record for PG-rated films.
* JerkassWoobie: Coraline. She's definitely justified in feeling neglected, but she really acts like a spoiled brat about it. The most glaring example would be how she gets into a huff over not getting a pair of gloves.
* MemeticMutation:
** [-☻_☻-]
** The official website has a section where you can add button eyes to pictures. Let your imagination runs free...
*** Real-life example: A contest was held on the official site, where winners would receive custom-made Nike Dunks sneakers, which are made to look stitched together with patches, feature big, black buttons on the sides, and the soles are blue with white stars, much like the shirt the Other Mother makes for Coraline.
** Coraline's hat has gained quite a following too.
* MisaimedMarketing: During the TV broadcast of the movie they aired an advertisement for [[Toys/{{Lalaloopsy}} a brand of dolls]] that have [[NightmareFuel buttons for eyes]]. They also made real-life replicas of the "Little Me" doll, which would be a horrible gift to anyone scared of this film.
* {{Narm}}:
** The scene where Coraline finds the first soul/eye, specifically the Ghost Boy's dialogue. "Bless you, Miss, you found me! But there are two still lost." The cheery tone combined with the line itself makes it sound more like "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Princess is in another castle]]."
** "I ''hyave'' to go ''byack''!" Somehow, Creator/DakotaFanning's line delivery got away from her a little on that one.
* ParanoiaFuel: The doll. Think about it. A foreign object that transforms and moves around your house when you're not looking. And it turns out to be [[spoiler:the Other Mother's spy]]. Which implies [[spoiler:the Other Mother]] can see through buttons. Sleep tight. Button-eyed dolls and "made like me" dolls will seem scary after watching it.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: While the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] game mostly [[Main/AvertedTrope averts]] this, the game released for the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]] plays it straight. It does a decent job of recreating the Pink Palace, but is otherwise filled with dull mini-games (including but not limited to: pressing specific buttons and/or doing motion controls in order, using your slingshot to hit targets, finding various objects in a map, and more), and you also have to sit through an unskippable cutscene where Coraline cheers herself on or looks disappointed after you win or lose any of them. While it's only a few seconds long, considering that you play the mini-games more often than you wander around the Pink Palace, it gets pretty tedious fast. Enemies inexplicably inhabit the Other World ''before'' its sinister nature is revealed, and the voice acting, with only a handful of actors being retained from the movie (like Dakota Fanning, Keith Davids and Robert Bailey Jr) and with the others trying to be as accurate to the voices from the movie, is mostly wooden. Even entire parts were cut out, such as [[spoiler:Coraline meeting the Ghost children, Coraline saving her parents and stopping the Beldam from getting the Black Key]]. In addition, the film's soundtrack for both versions is replaced by a generic spooky fare, although the latter got the better end of it with an orchestrated soundtrack. Also, inexplicably in both games, [[spoiler:[[Main/ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the Other Father doesn't deteriorate into his pumpkin-like form when you go to obtain the eye from him.]]]] [[WebOriginal/PositivelyDreadful Positively Dreadful]] [[https://youtu.be/jeHqKlgdU3w did a review on the game as well.]]
* ToyShip: Coraline and Wybie. Most of the time, it seems this trope is the main reason why the latter was added to the film version of the story, even though WordOfGod states that it was because he didn't want Coraline to be lonely and talking to herself. It's still painfully obvious on Wybie's side, though.
** And that the producer Bill Mechanic wanted Selick to put in lots and lots of kids. Adding Wybie helped Selick to satisfy that need as well.
* UncannyValley:
** Done on purpose. Those eyes... or rather, buttons for eyes...
** Not to mention the Other Mother's skin in her final form.
** Gaiman is something of a fan of this trope. Half of the persona for Islington in Series/{{Neverwhere}} came out of the budget special effects cupboard in the form of 3M light reflective fabric and... black contact lenses.
** Also, there's the fact that the stop-motion in the other world is ever so slightly ''off'', especially during the circus scene. It's hardly enough to be noticed, but enough to be unnerving.
** For the shots down the tunnel to the Other House, the two cameras used to get a 3D effect were set a bit farther apart, warping the perspective enough to make you realize something was up. In other words, when you looked down the tunnel, you were seeing it through a pair of eyes that no human can have.
** When Coraline is searching for the lost children's souls, and she goes into Bobinsky's apartment, Bobinsky is seen dashing around in the background. Anytime you see him, particularly as he's winding around the rafters, it seems like he doesn't have bones, [[spoiler:which is the case as he's made entirely out of rats]]. The effect is ''profoundly'' unsettling.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: About halfway through the movie, try to remind yourself that the movie is stop-motion and not CGI. No, you can't.
** Many people who saw the movie in its initial release were not impressed because ''they didn't'' realize it was stop-motion!
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Yes, despite being terrifying, this movie is appropriate for kids, so long as they can handle a good scare every now and then. Oddly enough, the ABC Family airing slaps it with a TV-14 rating.
* TheWoobie: Coraline, [[spoiler:the ghost children, Other Father, Other Wybie, and arguably the real Wybie.]]