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Sneak Peek at Henry Selick directed Neil Gaiman's CORALINE!!!

Hey folks, Harry here - Seems that Neil Gaiman decided to give us all an early Christmas present... something to keep us all happy and daffy til Sandy Claws gives us the shrunken head we all asked for. And what is this present? An advance look - our first look - at actual footage for Henry Selick's first ALL-STOP MOTION ANIMATED FILM since NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS... called... CORALINE and based upon Neil's amazing novel of the same name. It's funny - I was at a friend's Christmas Party tonight and NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS came up as being the most perfect film of our adult lives. The film we could watch endlessly. Coraline is a very different story - but there's magic in the footage below... check it and see...

What's Under Coraline's Covers? Don't You Want To Know?

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  • Dec. 22, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Kneel Gay Man!

    by EdmundoDupont

    His name sounds like a porno flick.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Looks like CG.

    by lutz

    To me anyway. Why bother with stop motion when they over do it and make it look like CG? I had the same problem with Corpse Bride where they decided to CG all the things they couldn't do practically. If you like stop motion so much just put up with its limits. It makes it all the more charming in my opinion.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Stop-motion?

    by MaxTheSilent

    Clean your glasses, harry.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Midol Girl is going to freak out...

    by Dr.Rooney

    when she watches this. I'm sure she's already watched it.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST

    heath Ledger is JOKER

    by BrightEyes

    Fuck yeah

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    oh my goth!

    by crab_cakes

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:59 a.m. CST

    3d movies rock and so does RON PAUL

    by shogunshin

    holy cripes!!! a new stop motion animated film, by selek no less! i am blown away by the spectacle of the artistry in this footage, and i cannot wait wait wait for this film to be released in 2008. also in 2008, i will VOTE FOR RON PAUL. Ron Paul will GET RID OF TAXES! is there ANY OTHER candidate out there, who will ELIMINATE income tax??? they all speak of 'lowering taxes' but one man, RON PAUL, is going to ELIMINATE income tax!!! think of what you can do, when you have THOUSANDS of dollars extra per year!!! you can buy HUNDREDS of new dvd's, hundreds of new video games, or better yet, buy yourself a new home! so, in 2008, i am for sure going to check out selek's new masterpiece, and i am going to VOTE FOR RON PAUL!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 4:08 a.m. CST

    THAT LOOKS GREAT! STOP MOTION RULES!

    by Rufus

    Surprised, I expected something a lot worse, but that looks pretty promising. Cute animation, too. I love the teaser poster they came out with ages ago, wish I could buy it somewhere... YAY FOR STOP MOTION!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Oh My Goth!

    by MaleSheep

    Oh My Goth is actually a book, maybe you've read it. It's a piece of crap. Coraline looks nice, but I'm really interested in the soundtrack that's going to be done by They Might Be Giants.<p> Shogunshin, Ron Paul does indeed rock.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    HOW is RON PAUL going to

    by ThomasServo

    GET RID of TAXES??? Ron Paul may be a good guy, but he isn't the second coming of Jesus. /ot ...I'm actually really excited about this. I love the book, love Gaiman and McKean, and love Nightmare Before Christmas.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Beautiful indeed

    by CuervoJones

    Now we need a Neil Gaiman + Guillermo del Toro movie.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    What´s a Ron Paul?

    by CuervoJones

    <br>

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 5:20 a.m. CST

    I remember ordering a Ron Paul once...

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    ...never again. So many other better mixed drinks out there, it's just not worth it.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Gaiman on film

    by bb6634

    I would love to see someone do an adaption of 'American Gods'. I could see Tim Burton directing, someone who can juggle the gothic and fantasy elements while retaining the dark humor of the story .

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Ron Paul is going to

    by Larry of Arabia

    Eliminate stop motion footage that looks like CGI! Great footage there. I love the breathing and the children huddled on the bed. It's creepy without being scary, and should give kids plenty of fun nightmares.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    GAY MEN ON FILM

    by partnerrumble@gmail.com

    http://tinyurl.com/34bmqr

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    James and the Giant Peach

    by cheady

    Selick DID do that before Coraline. Not 100% stop motion but people seemed to forget this one for some reason...

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton + Neil Gaiman FTW!!!

    by darquelyte

    I've always been amazed that these 2 have never hooked up on a project yet. I hope that they do one day, and Tim hires Dave McKean as his Art Director. Geekgasm.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    NNNOOOOO!!!!!!

    by FlickaPoo

    Coraline looks all wrong!...she looks like a girl from some stupid little CW show...the book was already beautifully illustrated...the character design was already done for them! Why change her?! DISAPPOINTED! Coraline and stop motion should have been a perfect match. Damn.

  • but I'm starting to get a great Gaiman DVD collection. With Mirrormask and Stardust recently added, I am becoming very happy. Can't wait for Coraline.<br>Eventually, when mo-cap is perfected and becomes super-cheap, maybe we'll eventually get a definative 20-hour Sandman (I know, just wet dream).

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    No Sandman movie!!!! PLEASE!!!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    If there was ever one property that just *shouldn't* be adapted, Sandman is that property. Unless Hayao Miyazaki has the next 5 years or so open, then MAYBE.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    has anyone seen Gaiman's directed film

    by oisin5199

    'A Short Film about John Bolton' - no it's not the UN guy, but some goth artist. I just picked it up. Haven't watched it yet. It has a live 'performance' by Gaiman that I'm looking forward to seeing.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    movies and politics

    by brassai2003

    hey mods...can you stop these fucking asshats from fucking politicing on this fucking site. It's getting old.and I see enough of clowns on TV

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Sandman would best be served

    by mukhtabi

    as a limited television series. IE treat it the way Sin City was except on the small screen for HBO or Showtime. It should also be a mixed media piece. The real world shot in glorious HD, and the fantastical universes/realms/domains and worlds should be various forms of animation: stop motion for the dreaming, Moving collages for Delirium, etc. Course I have been thinking about this project for a damn long time. Hell what I just wrote above is the essence of what earned me an A for my final project in Producing class.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Cheady

    by scratcher

    Yes, and he also did Monkeybone. That's why Harry specifically pointed out that this is his first ALL stop-motion film.<P> I like Gaiman, but Beowulf was embarassing. Here's hoping Coraline lives up to our high expectations.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    heath Ledger is JOKER by BrightEyes...REDUX

    by nastee_flembot

    Fuck yeah...REDUX

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    great little book, very witty

    by Evil Hobbit

    trailer looks fantastic, can't wait.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    No...But Seriously...Redux

    by nastee_flembot

    That trailer looked like some dark ride at a Disney Resort. It doesn't look good at all. It looks cheap and since Paul Berry died ,its not going to have as good animation as the Monkeybone character had(the movie sucked but it did have good aniamtion.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    ps: doesn't look cgi at all

    by Evil Hobbit

    simply stunning animation.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    How about rotoscoping parts of Sandman?

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I think that might be feasible. ?

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Just don't get it...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...why didn't they use Dave McKean's cover and illustrations as the starting point for this...I am not usually a purist nit picker, but this looks lame by comparison. I was really looking forward to this...oh well.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Hm

    by Bagheera

    This looks like a proper stop-motion so far, but we'll see. I like the way her hips move as she walks.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    ThomasServo, RON PAUL will elminate TAXES

    by shogunshin

    ThomasServo, go to youtube, and hit up some RON PAUL videos. the fed and banking system is a FRAUD perpetrated by the worst criminals of the modern era. RON PAUL will shut down the IRS, shut down the FED, and eliminate INCOME TAX. the US Govt makes so much money, the budget of 2003, if used today, would NOT NEED the income tax of 2007! so with a careful budget, we will not be robbed of thousands of dollars a year! man, i want RON PAUL to WIN because i want extra cash! and RON PAUL will end ALL FOREGIEN wars involving the USA. the armed forces will be sent to our borders, and be used there, to protect our sovereignty. i do not know about you, but i am broke, so i would love to have THOUSANDS of dollars extra per year! DO NOT believe the mainstream media, that tells you 'taxes are good for you.' are they fucking insane??? yeah, here is 7000 bucks, take it, because it is good for me to hand it to some fucking criminals. it is a SCAM. do the research yourself. since mainstream media will not let RON PAUL WIN, then we gotta get the message out thru the net. every year, americans work FOUR MONTHS a year for these criminals. maybe you enjoy working 4 months for some scumbags for FREE??? me, i do not. so, RON PAUL is a great. he will end overseas troops, HE WILL END INCOME TAX, (you do NOT need income tax, why give people YOUR MONEY???) and in 2008, i am going to VOTE FOR RON PAUL.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Ron Paul

    by Maceox

    A Ron Paul is a sexual position that is nasty, nasty, nasty. It did nor end taxes but it sure gave me the scratches.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Maceox, that is why RON PAUL RULES!!

    by shogunshin

    Maceox, yeah, RON PAUL might be the nickname of some weird sex position. but he is also the man who is going to SAVE AMERICA! google 'NORTH AMERICAN UNION' and google 'ROTHSCHILDS' to see who runs america! RON PAUL will end the bankers rule of america, and bring FREEDOM back to OUR REPUBLIC!!! no, i am not getting paid by anyone, but i will make THOUSANDS of dollars more when RON PAUL WINS in 2008, because i wlll no longer have to pay taxes! So, yup, RON PAUL might be the name of some weird sex position, but he is also the man bringing back the LAW OF THE CONSTITUTION!!! so, in 2008, im going to see the most amazing line up of films to date, and in 2008, i am going to VOTE FOR RON PAUL!!!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    CG is the new stop-motion!!

    by Calico Pete

    If you count automatic 'tweening as stop-motion, then sure.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    The audio book had Stephin Merritt music...

    by John Maddening

    As much as I love They Might Be Giants, I'd like to make sure the mice are still Merritt (The Gothic Archies and The Magnetic Fields).

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    ahem

    by Zozma

    ron paul is this years nader. nothing but detraction from feasible candidates. and the clip looked awesome. havent read the book/graphic novel.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Rotoscoping

    by mukhtabi

    Oh yes you could definitely rotoscope animate portions of the Sandman, heck the whole sequences in Hell would be perfect for Rotoscoping.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Don't you appreciate

    by jabbabelly

    I read lot's of nonsense in the "talkbacks", but none seem to appreciate the hundreds of artists and hours of craftsmanship that go into that short clip.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Paul Berry...

    by CZ

    Anyone remember Paul Berry's Sandman short? Now that's the kind of thing that'll you up at night. I thought this was CGI done to look like stop motion? Anyway, I'm looking forward to more. I don't mind that they made Coraline look more generic - if the button-eyed kids are any indication, it's going to be plenty dark and twisted already.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST

    From the director of Monkey Bone......

    by Rev. Slappy

    That was horrible.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:21 p.m. CST

    anchorite, RON PAUL is GREAT, trust me.

    by shogunshin

    anchorite, he is NOT a nazi. man, this guy was in the army!!! also, IRS and the FED were ILLEGALLY created, in 1913. according to the LAW of the US CONSTITUTION, only the US GOVT can issue 'debt free' money! so all RON PAUL has to do, is do what no other president, (except kennedy,) has done. RON PAUL will abolish the IRS, and RON PAUL WILL eliminate INCOME TAX. and RON PAUL delivered over 4000 babies, of EVERY ETHNICITY known to man!!! he is a doctor! do not DO NOT believe the mainstream media's attempt to smear him. mainstream media is controlled by the bankers, and the bankers want your income tax. so they will try and continue to brainwash you into thinking you need income tax. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY INCOME TAX! it is an illegally created tax, thanks to the illegally created FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM. did you know the FEDERAL RESERVE is PRIVATELY OWNED??? you are paying THEM for the priveledge of using their money. DO NOT BE SWINDLED by them anymore anchorite. DO THE RESEARCH, RON PAUL is no way a nazi, as he was in the armed forces on OUR side during wwII. RON PAUL will save america from the biggest fraud of all time, the FED. so, if you like to pay an illegal income tax, then i guess you should vote for any of the other candidates. me, i do not wwant to pay taxes anymore. i want the extra 10,000 dollars PER YEAR!!! so in 2008, i am going to hope we can finally take back our REPUBLIC from the criminal bankers stealing our money. i just hope you do the research, and DO NOT LISTEN TO CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, any of the mainstream media. remember, they want your money, so they will continue to keep pushing for taxes. me, i want FREEDOM, the CONSTITUTION, and i want MONEY!!! so in 2008, i am going to VOTE FOR RON PAUL.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The Body Politic

    by GreenGeezer

    Please guys, if yer gonna go off on choice candidates and alternative political choices, take it over to DailyKos or Democraticunderground.com...but we're here for Coraline.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Today is Festivus.

    by Garbage

    Ron Paul strikes me as being a candidate for the presidency. He strikes me as being a male American and born in the twentieth century. I do believe, as some people here have suggested, that Neil Gaiman would be an appropriate choice for British PM should Ron Paul win and decide to name him such.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    You American's are FUCKING STUPID!

    by lutz

    You think getting rid of tax is a good thing? Don't you have any social values? Don't you want to give back to society so that it is a better place? Roads, art, public amenities, hospitals, education? With values like this - the sheer selfishness of what you are saying - you are on your way to becoming a third world country.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST

    heres a link for you guys

    by robamenta

    http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ a really interesting film that deals (partly) with the tax situation you are talking about here. theres lots of info in this film, I havnt had a chance to verify all of it, but guys, check it out also Coraline looks beautiful

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Wow Lutz...

    by EdmundoDupont

    "You American's"... learn how to use an apostrophe, you fucking dipshit. I'm Australian, so I'm all for yank bashing, but if you're going to do so, please do it with a semblance of wit and literacy.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Illiterate as that rant was

    by mukhtabi

    Lutz is entirely accurate. My nation is singularly fixated on two strangely interwoven issues: religious causes, and not paying taxes. Its as if the slime that ran churches for aeons has finally entered the political arena in the US. I fully agree that we need taxes. You cannot repair bridges or have good working stuff in a country without proper taxation. They can call me a 'tax and spend' democrat all they desire, but the fact of the matter is, if you don't taxate how do you find the revenue for police? From where do we pay fire fighters? Those jobs are too important and dangerous to let someone do it for free. And in a Ron Paul US that's just what would happen. Also if you truly believe Ron Paul, who is at the end of the day a republican (a batshit crazy one to be sure), will abolish government agencies, you deserve the extra crappy government you will get under him. For myself if we don't vote into power someone who will make a real and decent difference I'm leaving this country. Don't know where I'll go yet, but I guarantee that there will be health insurance for me when I get there.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    "NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS came up as being the most perfect fi

    by malificus

    And nobody is jumping on THIS? Talk about your textbook overrated borefests, measured points on animation styling alone but even that was destroyed by Elfman's tuneless, hookless, tin-ear 'songs'.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    And furthermore..

    by malificus

    taxes are truly nothing more than illegal asset seizure. The country thrived for years without a federal Income Tax when it operated closer to it's constitutional mandate. Tarrifs and such could easily finance the few things the government is tasked to do, you handle the roads and bridges and police and fire and everything else at the State level. Even if they doubled State Tax it would only be a fraction of what you currently pay the Fed and all that cash would stay local and wouldn't end up being flown all the way to the Middle East to get stuffed into Cheney's pocket.

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    shogunshin

    by tiger_robot

    GO AWAY you fucking Ron Paul troll

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Malificus is right

    by criticalbliss

    While I'm not a Ron Paul supporter, no one with any semblance of reason or intelligence can endorse the runaway taxation of the US. The money disappears and IS better off controlled at a more local level.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Just got Coraline for Christmas and finished it...

    by Organs

    ...and it's SUCH a great little book! It's like a spookier Alice in Wonderland and the footage above seems pretty close to the source material (although I don't know why the ghosts are under a sheet on a bed). I hope this movie will be less Disney than Nightmare Before Christmas, although I loved that movie (AND Elfman's score and songs, thank you very much).

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Ron Paul

    by mithrandir16

    Ron Paul doesn't have a chance to win, so why waste time on THIS thread talking about him? Go take up space on a political site. Asshole.

  • Dec. 28, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    As for...ahem...Coraline...if I may...

    by D. Allusion

    ...before another Ron Paul suicide bomber shows up...I have to agree with the above posts that the look seems absolutely inappropriate and insipid - the RIGHT look already fixed in my mind, at least, by the book's illustrations. Where'd they come up with this weak take?

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Here's the 3D trailer not in 3D

    by ETI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o63NrCIiYEw

  • Jan. 16, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    tinyurl version

    by ETI

    http://tinyurl.com/yrn9my