Tuesday, March 02, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: Coraline

Number of Nominations: 1 (Best Animated Feature)
Availability in the US: DVD, Blu-ray

In the tradition of Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride comes Tim Burton's latest stop-motion animated feature Coraline. Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is an adventurous young girl who finds a secret parallel world through a hidden door in her room, but the seemingly ideal world has a few disturbing secrets.

Based on the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, Coraline is at times light and fun, and at others dark and scary. It is neither as good as Nightmare Before Christmas nor as bad as The Corpse Bride. Coraline has unique and interesting visuals and, as his first film to be originally released in 3-D, continues Tim Burton's tradition of pushing the boundaries of stop-motion technology. The voice actors are all quite capable, and the plot is enough to keep even the adults in the audience interested throughout.

Though unlikely to win an Oscar, Coraline is a fun diversion that kids and adults alike should enjoy.

Grade: B

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