Friday, March 22, 2013
"Hush, and shush, for the beldam might be listening."
I mentioned in my last post (here), that I had received two fun packages in the mail over the past week. The first was a picture book called Henry: The Heart Boy, by illustrator and animator, Ken Turner, and the second was a Coraline doll. I pre-ordered the re-released movie prop replica months ago and was happy dancing when it finally landed on my doorstep.
The 2009 stop-motion animated movie, Coraline, based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, is amongst a handful of my all-time favourites. The story is wonderful, it's visually gorgeous, and best of all, one of the heroes is a sassy black cat!
We first encounter the doll in the opening sequence of Coraline as the spidery, metal fingers of an unseen seamstress work to sew, stuff and transform an old doll to new. Later, a boy called Wybie finds the doll amongst his grandmother's belongings and gives it to his new neighbour, Coraline Jones, when he notices the doll looks just like her. I don't want to give anything away in case you haven't seen the movie, but suffice to say, there's more to Coraline's, "Little Me", than meets the eye.