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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The Other Mother. Some say her ''only'' desire 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.
* 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.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The Beldam]], or the [[FauxAffablyEvil Other Mother]], is a wicked temptress who [[AdultFear lures children]] into her otherworldly lair with the promise of a better life. The Other Mother [[BitchInSheepsClothing spoils them]] and makes their lives a living heaven, and eventually [[ManipulativeBastard convinces them]] to [[EyeScream sow 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, including the sister of the owner of the apartment the gateway between worlds is in, and tries to do the same to the [[KidHero title Coraline]]. Upon her defiance, the Other Mother 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. The Other Mother also claims she [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her own mother, as well]]. Once Coraline 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. The Other Mother is one of the most twisted villains in [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children's literature]] and stands as a prime example of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor being careful what you wish for]].
* IronWoobie: Coraline. Unlike her movie counterpart, she never whines and always tries to keep a decent attitude despite the things she goes through.
* 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Movie examples]]
* AccidentalInnuendo: "Mothers don't eat daughters, do they?" (Only in Fanfiction and RuleThirtyFour, we hope.)
* 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.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny MY KINGDOM-M-M-M-M FOR A HORSE!!!]]'''
* CompleteMonster: The Other Mother, again. In addition to her actions from the book, she has forces the Other Father to attack Coraline, as well as killing the Other Wybie upon his HeelFaceTurn.
* CultClassic: Slowly, but surely.
* EarWorm: 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 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.
* 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.
* HellIsThatNoise:''' "GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK!" '''
* 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, KeithDavid before this movie, didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]] and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.
* {{HSQ}}: Breaks the record for PG-rated films.
* JerkassWoobie: Coraline.
* MemeticMutation:
** [-☻_☻-]
** The official website has a section where you can add button eyes to pictures. Let your imagination runs free...
*** Coraline's hat has gained quite a following too.
*** 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.
* MemeticSexGoddess: Other Mother, oddly.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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...
** 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. 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.
* 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.]]
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