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.


28 comments:

  1. Creepy little children's movie....
    The "button-eyes" were the "creepiest"...

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    1. Hi Dr. Theda,

      I agree, the button eyes were awesomely creepy in 'Coraline'!

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  2. I put myself and the kids in front of this movie and they dropped of one by one, saying it gave them chills. Only my gothling-child (my youngest son) saw the whole movie.

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    1. Hi linnea-maria,

      Yes, 'Coraline' gets quite dark in some spots, so I imagine it could be too much for a lot children. For some reason, my son has always been very relaxed about creepy movies. The only thing that scared him, when he was very little, was the musical group for kid's called The Wiggles. He would burst into tears every time they came on the TV. Can't say that I blamed him, of course! Haha.

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    2. Ha ha. I had to check what the Wiggles was. I must say we are lucky to escape that show on swedish television :)

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    3. No Wiggles?! A very lucky escape indeed! ;)

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  3. I loved Coraline! Creepy fairy tales are the best.

    Ali

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    1. Hi Ali,

      Yes, the creepier the fairy tale, the better! :D

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  4. My granddaughter would love that Coraline doll.

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    1. Hi Julie,

      I've seen photos of your adorable granddaughter rocking the cutest little skull tees. A Coraline doll is definitely the doll for her! :)

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  5. Oh god, I absolutely love this movie with a passion. It had such a great message, and it was the perfect level of creepy. That's coming from someone who can't watch Supernatural by herself because it terrifies the crap out of her. :')

    Seriously. The Bloody Mary episode?! I'm tempted to smash every mirror in the house oh god.

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    1. Hi PeaceLoveandSharpies,

      Yes, it's such a fabulous film, isn't it?! It's creepy and charming... a perfect combo! ;)

      I'm a huge fan of 'Supernatural' and I know just what you mean about the Bloody Mary episode. The creep factor on that one is off the scale. It really freaks me out.

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  6. I bought Coraline years ago, as I was a huge Neil Gaiman/Dave Mckean fan, but I never got around to watch the movie. I should probably correct this lapse soon ;)
    Button-eyes are creepy.

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    1. Hi Gabriel,

      Oh, you've got to watch it!!! The story's great and the artistry of the stop-motion animation is breathtaking.

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  7. d'awwwww one of the best movies ever!
    how much did you pay for this cute doll if i may ask?

    <3

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    1. Hi kakuidori

      "d'awwwww one of the best movies ever!" Haha. Absolutely! Couldn't have said it better!

      I paid $25.00 back when I pre-ordered it (months ago), but it seems to be retailing for about $35.00 now. Of course, I had to pay a hefty shipping price on top, to get it to Australia, but she was worth it! :)

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  8. I loved Coraline! I'd soo want the doll!

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    1. Hi Zena,

      I missed out the first time the doll was released, so I was determined to get hold of it when I found out they would be re-releasing it! :)

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  9. I wish you and yours the best in life.... Stacey

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! I hope everything is okay?!

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  10. Damn, I still haven't seen Coraline. Mom seen and loved it, and highly recommended it to me. The trailers look awesome!

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    1. Hi Maynard,

      Oh, you've got to see it! The stop-motion animation is fantastic, the story is really quirky and fun, and it's also quite dark and creepy in parts. :)

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  11. Hello dear Lady Emma ... We did a couple of "Addams Family" clips that you may enjoy... Hope that you and yours are well

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    1. Thank you, Dr. Theda! I hope you're well too! I will head on over to see your Addams Family posts. :)

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  12. My husband took me to see this movie when it came out.
    Colour me surprised when I realized I had read the book as a child and forgotten about it!
    Shame on me, I know...

    I absolutely love both though and they're in my top 5.
    That doll looks lovely, I think that may be another few bucks coming out of my wallet, you enabler, you ;)

    I wish I could still go to the library I went to when I was younger; they always had the best new (children's) horror and fantasy books and many of those favourites have since been turned into movies.
    Some better than others, but it's still amazing to recognize something you loved as a child.

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    1. Hi Laury,

      Oh, that is a happy coincidence! I have the book but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I know that there are some differences between the book and the movie (aren't there always?), but I'm sure I'll end up loving the book too.

      Haha. I should probably be feeling guilty about being an enabler, but it's too much fun! Bad Emma! ;)

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  13. My Daughter would love a coraline doll but they don't sell them in South Africa and I have no means of getting one overseas it's such a pity she is crazy about the movie and has watched it a million times I bought her the DVD and as I said she is is crazy about it . Please can you suggest a place where I can buy this doll the one in the beggining of the movie ??

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Your daughter is a girl after my own heart! I'm crazy about the movie too! :)

      I'll email you with a link to where you can buy the doll online.

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