Ain't It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com)
Comics

Henry Selick & Neil Gaiman's New CORALINE Trailer Has Arrived...

Merrick here...
A full trailer for CORALINE is making the rounds. This is from Henry Selick (director of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) and his based on a novella by Neil Gaiman. Voice talent includes Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Teri Hatcher, and Keith David. You can see the trailer via the embed below. This embed originates from Trailer Addict (HERE) - from which a larger version can be accessed.

Last I heard, CORALINE should hit theaters early next year. You can read Beaks' write-up of twenty minutes of footage from the film HERE.

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    This is merely to stop...

    by My Mom Is A Whore

    ..First posters.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    SECOND!

    by Behemoth

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    That looked GREAT!

    by My Mom Is A Whore

    I'm looking forward to seeing this one. The animation is beautiful and the storyline is going to be great (I haven't read the book but Gaiman has yet to fail me)!

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    a friend of mine worked on this

    by zom-bot.com

    he said he wasn't happy with the final result. said that by the time they were done, everything they had tried to break the mold with was already outdated...as far as new techniques or effects. maybe it's just a case of someone being their worst critic, but he sounded really embarrased by it. I think the trailer looks great, but what do i know. i'd probably hate it if i was involved too. he pointed out some other stop motion thing coming out soon that will blow coraline out of the water. sorry i can't remember it now.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    zom-bot.com

    by My Mom Is A Whore

    I think most artists are too close to their work to appreciate what they create. Tell him or her that it looks amazing in my opinion (not that my opinion matters but I'm sure I'm not the only one).

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    This looks like it could be a good movie, but...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the first edition with McKean's illustrations made such a strong impression that this doesn't really feel like Coraline to me. Will give it a chance though...

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Hiding the sinsging

    by Bot-Bot

    Clever marketing on their part. There are musical numbers and singing, which they don't show in the trailer. I wonder if that's on purpose - the song clips I saw in that little "making of" segment were pretty irritating.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    uh..singing...damn keyboard

    by Bot-Bot

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I always imagined Coraline's family

    by seppukudkurosawa

    as being very tweedy and British. But I guess that might have something to do with listening to Gaiman's narration on the audiobook. It might end up being even creepier if Coraline's "other mother and father" ended up being like the '50s style couple you'd see in toothpaste commercials...just off somehow (and I don't mean just the buttons).<p> </p>That being said, this has got Gaiman's seal of approval, so it's also got mine!

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    And as far as the singing goes

    by seppukudkurosawa

    you HAVE to hear Gaiman doing the rats song in the audiobook version! Very catchy. <p> "We have teeth and we have tails<p> "We have tails we have eyes<p> "We were here before you fell<p> "You will be here when we rise."

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    IT IS NOT A MUSICAL

    by Cy Sperling

    Utamoh is wrong. It is not a musical. There are 2 songs in the whole film, comprising maybe 3-4 minutes of total screentime- both of which are inherent parts of the story- not characters spontaneously breaking into song.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Your 'other' mother...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...I've had her.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Is Stephen Merritt doing the music for this?

    by Kirbymanly

    I thought I heard that a while back

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    How come americans can't pronounce anything ending in 'ine' prop

    by Kizeesh

    I mean you say Constantine, as if it's 'constanteen' and yet you say Coraline, as if it's 'Coralyne'. <p> And we put tacks in your tea for this?

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    why did the shower stop running?

    by HammerMill

    looks pretty interesting. but maybe too creative to find an audience.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Kizeesh

    by BiggusDickus

    They say 'Aloominum' too. <p>Shocking.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Seriously though...

    by BiggusDickus

    For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it's basically Gaiman rewriting 'Alice in Wonderland' for the Noughties. Excellent stuff!<p>The movie looks superb. Selick can do no wrong!

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    WHERE IS THE NEVERWHERE MOVIE?!?!

    by Frijole

    SERIOUSLY!

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Shower stopped....

    by Cy Sperling

    Watch it again... when the water hits her head, she hits the little plunger on top of he faucet- switching the shower off and the faucet on.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Looks good. But...

    by knowthyself

    ....another alice in wonderland kinda story? How many of these did Gaiman write?

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I think this looks amazing.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    For the record, "Nightmare Before Christmas" is one of my favorite films, but I hated "James and the Giant Peach." The songs were terrible in that follow-up and each one stopped the narrative in its tracks for five minutes. I was also quite disappointed in "The Corpse Bride," as I found it a somewhat lifeless and uninspired attemp to re-create the "Nightmare" lightening in a bottle. This, however, perhaps due to the narrative imagination of Neil Gaiman, looks much more intimate and exciting. I'm hoping for the best.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    3D stop motion? How awkward

    by ricarleite

    I don't want clay dolls jerkly moving in my general direction.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Gene Shalit says "DON'T WALK, BOLT TO BOLT

    by skimn

    JOHN TRAVOLTA IS A HOWL..." This is actually getting good reviews, and the 3D isn't intrusive. Any reviews here?

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by Veraxus

    That was so awesome it gave me chills. I can't wait to see this in imax 3D.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    It's pronounced "Coralyne" because that's how...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...her name is pronounced. It has nothing to do with America. <p>And Ricarleite, you should check out NBfC in 3D if you're not sure yet about 3D claymation. It's wonderful.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Nightmare was cool in 3-D

    by Rando Calrisian

    However, this film is actually being shot in 3-D instead of being retro-fitted. I can't wait to see this in 3-D. Should be amazing.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    can't wait to read the Graveyard Book

    by oisin5199

    really, Gaiman's children stuff is fantastic, following in the footsteps of the classics, like Roald Dahl. To me, his children's stuff is only 2nd to Sandman.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Coraline is similar to Alice in Wonderland?

    by Magunga

    Hm. Sure, there are shared elements, but that is what creates a genre. There are many, many stories about a lad or lass who finds his or her way to a wondrous and deceptively bright and beautiful place, wherein they discover everything's not as it seems and life at home really isn't so bad. "The Wizard of Oz" and "Labyrinth" also share this common theme, as do many others.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    gaiman's name not mentioned once in the trailer

    by bacci40

    wonder what is up with that?

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Thank God!

    by subtlety

    Someday, I hope people will realize that the marginally talented Tim Burton was NOT the director of "Nightmare". He gets a producer credit, a co-story credit, and then takes total credit for the movie, slathering his name all over it and essentially convincing most average folmgoers that it's his. Want to see what happens when Burton ACTUALLY directs a stop-motion ghoulish kids movie? See "Corpse Bride." A pretty but ultimately mediocre and somewhat soulless exercise in art direction. See also, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" "Planet of the Apes" "Sleepy Hallow" "Batman Returns" etc. <br><br> Now, I don't exactly want to hate on Burton (hey, "Ed Wood" "Edward Scissorhands" and "Sweeny Todd" are all rock solid efforts). But I take great offense that Burton's credit grab on "Nightmare" cost poor Henry Selick a lot in terms of his career. "Nightmare" has real cultural weight; its iconic and considered a seasonal (actually, maybe two seasons!) classic. If Selick was understood to be the creator, or at the very least as important a factor on the film as Burton, I think he'd have much more pull in Hollywood to get his movies made, and to get them made his way (and the studio-ruined abortion of "Monkeybone" might never have been). I really hope with "Coraline" Selick will begin to be recognized as a visionary filmmaker in his own right (and one who I think has a much better grasp on STORY than Burton to boot).

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Saw a snippet of this in 3D at Siggraph

    by Johnno

    Looked great! Though the animation in this trailer always looked jerky... maybe it's the framerate of the flash video? Anyway the scene I saw in 3D didn't have much action...

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Don't recall all that in the book

    by Alpha Dodger

    The book was creepy fun, subtle, with lots happening between the lines. This does not look good.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Ugh, silverfish

    by rev_skarekroe

    I hate those things.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Exact same music as the "Up" trailer

    by Andyrooskie

    Which might be a bit awkward if they both screen in front of Bolt. This looks fun though, even if that wasn't the best of trailers.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Meh

    by Grayskull

    The book was creepy, this just looks goofy.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Grayskull

    by RabidDogma

    Exactly. It looks like they've watered down a story that was already written for children. And why not have Gaiman write the screenplay? He's done it before, and done it well. Having said that, it looks good for what it is. If it wasn't supposed to be Coraline, I'd probably like it a bit more.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Instant Classic.

    by DOGSOUP

    If it can live up to the hype Henry Selick pumps out. I think it just may have a shot..

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    nice

    by chipps

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Looks cool, but who the hell would squash silverfish

    by Dingbatty

    with her hand?

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Spirited Away.

    by Spartacus Hughs

    With an American accent.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    That guy was wearing a MICHIGAN STATE shirt!

    by HoboCode

    Go State! Going to kick the Nittany Lions asses this weekend!

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Damn Silverfish, had one living in an old typewriter

    by Stormwatcher

    Damn persistant, smart, creepy bugs. They get bigger buy eating each other. Hate them. Would rather faceoff against anything than those. Uggh. This looks solid, never understand how people can hate on something without seeing it and because it doesn't fit their vision. I mean, put down the starbucks, leave the cubicle and take your own damn chances then.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Bold prediction

    by filmcans

    I think this will screen at BNAT.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Looks good but...

    by T-RACE

    Not quite what I expected Coraline to be. It seemed darker than that when I read it.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    3d = holy crap! move over polar express

    by awepittance

    "I don't want clay dolls jerkly moving in my general direction." wow it makes me sad when old men style acting people like you resist extremely innovative and beautiful new attempts in film.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    WOO WOO I GO TO MICHIGAN STATE

    by brandon11

    where is this shirt you speak of?

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Looks sensational

    by Jaws Wayne

    Wow, I'll be there when this hits the screen. It looks frickin' fantastic, no doubt a serious cult classic already. It will bomb in the States, and do fine and even great business everywhere else, this is a movie very few Americans are gonna grasp and go see I think, there isn't even a lot of interest on AICN for this, which is too fuckin' silly of course but what's new, as it doesn't feature pretty guys wearing spandex suits.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Last I heard....

    by WolfmanNards

    Henry Selick has been a real dick throughout the entire production. His attittude has caused it to go overbudget. Nobody has enjoyed working for him. This one's his ego trip.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    This does look good...

    by Droid

    But for some reason i just can't connect with Selicks flicks. Nightmare, Monkeybone, Corpse Bride. I just keep WANTING to like them more than i really do. Aardman has the stopmotion thing down for me. Chicken Run was genius! I will definitely keep giving Selicks stuff a go though. Hopefully this one will connect.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Droid...

    by Lenny Nero

    Selick did not do Corpse Bride.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    anybody keen on THE THIEF OF ALWAYS?

    by pencil-man

    It's basically the same movie, where a kid leaves his family for a cooler life in another world and ends up caught up in a big scam for his soul. It was supposed to be animated, but I haven't heard any news since around 1999.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Lenny

    by Droid

    He didn't? Oops. Just made the assumption. Consider me the douche of the TB. He did James and the Giant Peach though? Ok. Substitute Corpse Bride for Peach.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Selick's ego trip

    by Jaws Wayne

    Does Selick have a great ego ? So what if that's the case, plenty of great visionary artists have that, the world of arts would be a lesser one without 'em. It went overbudget ? Cool, from looking at this footage all that extra money was very well spent. Bring it on, and it's also really nice to read this is not a musical.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Sweet

    by u.k. star

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    THE THIEF OF ALWAYS

    by u.k. star

    I seem to remember them taking years to make it and it never getting finished. It looked like it was gonna be amazing...

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Who's dumb enough to say al-you-min-e-um?

    by hst666

    The word is aluminum a-loom-i-num

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    meh... call me when they make American Gods

    by Maniaq

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton

    by u.k. star

    Sorry you relise it might not even have been Burton's idea, but that by putting his name all over it it guaranteed a significantly larger opening, and far more publicity. Also copse bride is better than you describe as a film. As a matter of personal taste I I'm a big fan of Charlie and the chocolate factory (very good adaption of the book I loved) Batman returns (sure a burton movie with Batman in, rather than a batman movie directed by Burton) was my favourite Batm,an film until Nolan showed up, and is actually very good on many levels. (try working out how many personalities Catwoman has). Sleepy Hollow is one of those love hate divisive films, pretty much all of my friends and family love it, but we have similar tastes and like Burton's askew type filmmaking.My sister and I saw Frankenweenie in the cinema before some film we can't even remember, but we never forgot Frankenweenie. Anyway different people like different things so it's all fine, but I think you're selling Burton shoort artisticly regardless of whether you personally like the movies in question, that's all. :)I also think you're getting the name thing all wrong, business wise it was absoloutely the right thing to do, and it's (in a reverse kind of way why this film has "from the director of ..nightmare..." all over it and not so much "james & the Giant peach". Money (Or why every ludicrous Emmerich film still says "from the director of Independence Day" 12 bloody years later.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    brandon11

    by HoboCode

    near the beginning, she walks in on her father or whatever typing. her father has a green Michigan State shirt on.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    brandon

    by HoboCode

    25 second mark.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    There's an Astro Boy Trailer up

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    http://tinyurl.com/68dwxg

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Melvin_Pelvis

    by Droid

    Thanks. Looks very kiddy though. Kinda TMNT crossed with Jimmy Neutron.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    They completely ruined Coraline. Completely.

    by Snake Foreskin

    There is absolutely NOTHING about this movie version that correctly represents what Neil Gaiman was trying to achieve with the book. It could have been incredibly creepy and dark. Instead, it's Pee Wee's Big Adventure done like A Nightmare Before Christmas. How sad.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    uk star

    by Eats_sandwich_gets_laid.

    Thief of Always has been in development hell for ages, which is in some ways fitting. It makes it feel a lot more like a Clive Barker book that way. You hear about a release date which comes and goes, and comes and goes, and then the next thing you know you get a completely different and unrelated novel instead. <p> In other news... </p> This trailer looks amazing. I really hope that this adaptation is as faithful as it seems. Coraline is one of my favorite of Gaiman's books for kids, and it looks like they're doing it justice.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Why do they always cast famous people for animation?

    by eggart

    I don't see the logic. It's distracting and tacky.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    The Wrestler trailer up at apple.com

    by Droid

    Not sure if this is old news, but its significant(for me anyway).

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Cheers Eats

    by u.k. star

    Developement hell indeed. I remember waiting, and waiting and witing for that film.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Looks like fun for the little ones.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Kind of been there done that for grown ups. Still, I like to at least look at stop motion. Note Astro Boy and Wrestler trailers far more interesting than this.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    NEIL GAIMAN......?!?!

    by brandon11

    WHERE THE FUCK IS MY SANDMAN MOVIE?!?! seriously fuckin make it. team up with guillermo del torro and make the sickest fuckin movie ever.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Hmmm.. Gaiman + Del Toro..

    by eggart

    I like that idea.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    looks great!

    by the milf lover

    never read the book, so no preconceived opinion on what it should be, but this looks pretty damn nice!

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Melvin_Pelvis

    by SilentP

    Thanks for the astro boy trailer. Doesn't look terrible. Would be nice if they stuck closer to the actual art style of the show, though. Don't know why they decided to make it look slightly different. Kinda odd.<br>Also, Coraline looks sweet, can't wait.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    aluminium ....

    by berserkrl

    was not just the original pronunciation but also the original *spelling*. The Americans later shortened it by dropping the i.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    My favourite visual version of Coraline ....

    by berserkrl

    is Craig Russell's comic book version: http://tinyurl.com/69g3tc

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    better not fucking be a musical

    by Bouncy X

    while i hate them, there isnt anything wrong but dont lie about it. thats what pissed me off the most about Nightmare Before Christmas, none of the trailers or ads had any inkling it was a musical and so when i received a free pass to see it i was happy...then the movie started and i was happy, cool animation...then they started singing and i hated it. either way as cool as this movie looks, i wont be seeing it in theaters so even if its a musical, i'll see it for free. but Dakota Fanning? i knew i recognized that voice.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Nice

    by Evil Chicken

    This should be a blast. Gaiman's work is simply amazing and Selick made history with "A Nightmare Before Christmas". I can't wait for this one.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    "Last I heard,..

    by hiroprot23

    Coraline should hit theaters early next year." Was last you heard the part at the end of the trailer where a big title card says it opens in February of next year? Cuz that's the last I heard.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Niel Gaoman has been to Portland like 6 times during the filming

    by DOGSOUP

    He LOVES what he's seen. If it's good enough for him it's fucking good enough for you.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Won't match the book, but it should be good

    by Organs

    Selick took a couple liberties based on a few clips I saw, and what Neil said on his book tour for The Graveyard Book. Should be cool, especially with the music done by They Might Be Giants. <br> <br> Oh, and for those waiting for the Neverwhere movie? It was done as an HBO mini-series. Go watch that.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Was hoping for something more nauseatingly scary

    by Sepulchrave

    ..but it gets the basic ideas; albeit watered down and tarted up for the smaller kids, and it looks painstakingly made; the animation looks exquisite. The original book is so nihilistic, numb and terrifying that it has the authentic feeling of a nightmare; there's a sort of muffled horror pervading it, an underwater feeling.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Buttons looked too cute.

    by mynamesdan

    and for goodness' sake where are her spidery spidery fingers that never stop moving. the entire reason i hoped the would movie-ise this book is that it's a genuinely dark and thoroughly horrifying story for children. so why did they have to castrate it and cute it up. it's Lemony snicket all over again. Major disappointment on the way people. It's impossible to make a movie for kids as genuine as a book for young people.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Even Neil Gaiman is a goth retard

    by disfigurehead

    I will see it anyway. I like Henry Selick's work.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    awesome awesome awesome awesome

    by StovetopStuffin'

    awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome! Loved the book, love Henry Selick!

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    U.K Star

    by subtlety

    It's true that Burton is the "star" name on "Nightmare" and no doubt helped sell tickets, but the way in which he is attached to the movie is borderline false advertising. The box art reads: "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and the DVD extras are basically a long love letter to Burton (in that they focus on him, his involvement, his vision, etc). To the extent that most people today believe it actually WAs a Burton film. I know there is a tradition in Hollywood of crediting the producer as the author, (Val Lewton, David O. Selznick) but in modern Hollywood it's virtually unheard of. Instead, they will say, "From the producer of" or "from the creative forces behind..." on the promo material... not the actual title. And, for his part, Burton has always played up his association to the film even after there were no more tickets to sell. <br><br> Again, I'm not calling Burton a hack; a few of his film rank among my favorites. But I frequently find his work to come up short on real storytelling while it goes a little long on heavy-handed whimsy and (even worse) excessive cinematic references in the art direction. Hey, the guy likes German expressionist cinema. Awesome, but that in itself doesn't make a movie. The films I listed (Charlie, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hallow, etc) all have neat touches to them and some fun parts, but ultimately fall apart as stories. You're right of course that everyone's entitled to their own taste, but you can see on Rotten Tomatoes that I'm hardly the only person who finds these films to be heavily style over substance. Selick's work in "Nightmare" and "James" (excuse poor, pathetic Monkeybone) seem to me like the work of a director who has a much better grasp of story and character, as well as an equal love of visual bombast. I'm glad they are both out there making movies (hey, Burton surprised the hell out of me with his excellent "Sweeny Todd") but I think Selick could have had a much more prolific career if Burton hadn't completely taken the spotlight on "Nightmare". <br><br> Oh yeah, and you're right, "Frankenweenie" is fun as hell.

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    So right and yet so wrong....

    by Magic01273

    I just finshed reading this book yesterday and wow oh wow - that is some creepy shit RIGHT there. You could read this book in just a couple of hours and its very much intended to be a childrens novel... but in reality - it is so much more than that. Its a fantastic story, so simply and cleverly written and so very disturbing. I can't say enough good stuff about Neil Gaiman. This trailer suggests a lot of changes to the tone of this story. I could describe the way this trailer looks as maybe a bad dream. I would have to describe the novel as a horrible horrible nightmare. But i get the reason why the have made the changes. The novel very much plays on the fact that Coraline is alone in the alternate place and the greatest thing about the story in my opinion is how much of time she is left alone with her thoughts. She see's everything very matter-of-factly - she's very clear in her own mind... no screaming...no yelling... very controlled and outwardly calm and brave despite her ordeal. Though you get to see that she is scared a lot of the time, she questions everything so little and instead you get a kind of realistic innocence and "apraissal" of a situation, rather than a big reaction from her. A big theme of the story is "bravery".... driving on despite that fact that you're scared. Some great characters drop in and out - like Miss Forcible and Miss Spinks and the Cat is great. But Coraline's reactions, interactions and interpretations of these characters are so cool. Yet it is so hard to convey that kind of thing in the movie medium (without resorting to horrible narration) so instead it appears they have made Coraline a little more "conventional" in her reactions. Screaming and shouting and jumping around. They also seem to have given her new friends in movie and people to emote and talk to (for the benefit of the viewer) - rather than have her being a lone explorer in other house through the passageway. Also - the book kinda suggests that the other house is at the same time both similar but "slighty wrong" and even the times where things appear to be VERY different - VERY wrong in the other house, Coraline doesn't react with buckets of fear or wonder - she takes it all very much in her stride. The scene were she sits and watches the never-ending show laid on by Forcible and Spinks amongst an audience of Dogs was so brilliant. Coraline just sits there accepting it all - taking part in the show even, sharing her chocolates with the dog next to her. Here it suggests that the other house is some amazing alice-in-wonderland type place where everything is topsy turvy kerrr-azy, barely recognisable. It looses the slightly sinister element that the book has in how it describes the other house. But having said that - this is still looks great. If it captures even a modicum of the books brilliance it will be great. The stop-motion format also lends itself excellently to the imagary of the story. Live action would likely have been way too chilling! I can't wait for this myself - but if any of you get the chance - read the book (and other books by Neil Gaiman - the author of Stardust). As I said; its a short but satisfying book and you'll be glad you did. Can't wait for this!

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by frozen01

    What are you talking about? Nightmare's trailers STARTED with a musical number. How could you not have known it was a musical?

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    @ mynamesdan

    by Magic01273

    I get what you are saying - totally mate. As per my thoughts above - I think they have missed the essence of the book a little but saying that - I'm probably not dreading this as much as you. I really hope that they get around to making a Neverwhere movie. A book for adults/young adults that can be done justice as a "fantasy action adventure" movie. Coraline is a strange thing - because its essentially a childrens book that is arguabley too scarey and awesome just to be left to the kids. And yet - a childrens book it is at the end of the day. Its adaptation was always going have to address that weird inconsistency and either postition itself squarely as "suitable for children" deal or relent and turn itself into a Harriet Potter type PG-13 affair. I guess they went with the former - potentially leaving us grown-up fans out in the cold with the adaptation style. I'll give it a good though because I am so jazzed by the book.