An instant classic that will captivate audiences, Coraline, the first feature film from Portland Oregon-based animation studio LAIKA, is the first stop-motion animated feature originally produced in stereoscopic 3-D. A startlingly original tale, Coraline's vibrant flights of fantasy will keep kids and adults enthralled as it underlines one of life's most essential truths: be careful what you wish for.
Coraline's stellar voice cast includes Dakota Fanning (War Of The Worlds), Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives"), John Hodgman ("The Daily Show"), Ian McShane ("Deadwood") and Keith David (Crash), with an enchanting musical score by Bruno Coulais (Winged Migration, The Chorus). Henry Selick is one of the leading directors working in animation today. He directed the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has achieved classic status and the remastered 3-D version is bringing Selick a whole new generation of fans. Selick is also the director of James and the Giant Peach, which won the top prize for animated feature at the Annecy Film Festival, and Monkeybone. He also created the celebrated animation sequences for Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman's book, a New York Times and international bestseller and enormous critical success. Among its many honors are: the British Science Fiction Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, the Bram Stoker and the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla awards.
Critics Adore "Coraline":
Coraline mesmerized and delighted critics across America with its wondrous and thrilling story and visually stunning stop-motion animation. Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight proclaims Coraline is "the best 3-D movie I've ever seen!" It is "a magical tale…a remarkable feat of imagination," according to Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Claudia Puig of USA Today calls it "a visual marvel," while Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly calls the film "a thrilling stop-motion adventure!" Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says the film is simply "dazzling!" Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle awards it "5 stars! Beautiful!" "Frame by frame, Coraline is a treat," adds David Edelstein of New York Magazine.
Bonus Features Exclusive To Blu-ray Hi-Def:
-U-Control On 2-D Feature – Universal's exclusive signature feature allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie. Through picture-in-picture, fans can enhance their understanding of how the movie was made by viewing tours of the sets, animatics and behind-the-scenes moments, including voiceover sessions.
-Creepy Coraline – Director and screenwriter Henry Selick and Coraline author Neil Gaiman take fans deeper into the darker intricacies of Coraline's alternative worlds.
-BD-Live – Fans can access exclusive online and interactive features through their Internet connected Blu-ray player, including:
-My Scenes Sharing – Show your BD-LiveTM friends your favorite scenes from the film.
-The World According To Henry – In this feature, director Henry Selick discusses his approach to the film adaptation of the award-winning book and what he loves about Coraline.
Bonus Features Available On Blu-ray Hi-Def & The 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD:
-The Making Of Coraline – Director and screenwriter Henry Selick hosts this behind the scenes feature about how this hand-crafted, stop-motion animated film was made.
-Voicing The Characters – Coraline's acclaimed cast and filmmaker Henry Selick talk about their experiences working on the film, including defining the perfect voice for their characters.
-Digital Copy OF Coraline – Transfer the included digital copy to your iPod, Mac or PC and experience Coraline anywhere, anytime!
Bonus Features Available On Blu-ray Hi-Def, 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD & Single Disc DVD:
-Feature Commentary With Director Henry Selick & Composer Bruno Coulais
11-year-old Coraline Jones (voiced by Fanning) has just moved with her parents (Hatcher and Hodgman) to a new home in Oregon. With no friends and her parents distracted by work, the feisty and adventurous Coraline sets out to find some excitement in her isolated new environment. She is befriended—or, as she sees it, pestered—by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat (Bailey Jr.) and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible (Saunders and French) as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian, Mr. Bobinsky (McShane). Just as she's beginning to think her new home is utterly uninteresting, she uncovers a secret door which leads to a parallel existence much like her own life—but much better. The adults, including the solicitous Other Mother (also voiced by Hatcher) welcome her warmly. And Coraline gets far more attention there—even from the mysterious Cat (David). She begins to think that this Other World might be where she truly belongs. But when her wondrously off-kilter, fantastical visit turns dangerous, Coraline must summon all her resourcefulness, determination and courage to get back home—and save her real family.
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About LAIKA: Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, LAIKA, Inc. (www.laika.com), located in Portland, OR, is an animation studio specializing in feature films, commercials, music videos, broadcast graphics and short films.
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