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Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. We’re probably the last out of the gate of the 26 partners who were part of this very groovy CORALINE promotion today, so it seems perversely fitting that we’re the ones premiering the very first letter of the alphabet. That’s right... there are 26 new teaser images for Henry Selick’s adaptation of the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel CORALINE that are landing online today, and each one is oriented around a different letter of the alphabet. All of this is designed to bring the brand new official site to your attention, since it just went live with a ton of new content. And what, pray tell, is CORALINE about? “From Henry Selick, visionary director of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book, comes a spectacular stop-motion animated adventure – the first to be originally filmed in 3D! Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it – only much better. But when this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents (including her Other Mother voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to trap her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world – and save her family.”
And here’s our premiere image. If you’re looking for the other 25, that official site is the place to start your search. Gorgeous stuff, and after seeing the presentation at Butt-Numb-A-Thon, I’m eager to get a look at the finished picture in the New Year.

Thanks to Focus Films for including us in this one.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Henry Selick on LIVE WIRE!

    by I am the most horrible

    Henry Selick will be on Live Wire! Radio this Friday Dec. 19th at the Aladdin Theater in Portland OR to talk about Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas etc. . Tix still available.<p>livewireradioDOTorg.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    I Don't Care

    by Liberty Valance

    But I do care that Robert Prosky and Van Johnson died recently, and not a peep from AICN about these two damn fine actors. For shame...

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    looks good

    by ECUPirate71

    Kids will love it

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Nice One Liberty Valance! *cough*

    by hyeguy

    Man! You are SO cool. Oh how you mustn't have cared when you click into this article. Perhaps when you wanted to call attention to those two indelible performers you should have sent the notice to the AICN crew about it; instead of coming off as a sparse fool.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Knowles was the Bomb

    by Series7

    In Monkeybone!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    looks awesome

    by The Chosen

    great promoting idea

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Why does no one mention James & The Giant Peach?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Dodgy live-action wraparound scenes aside, that movie was fantastic.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'm sounding like a whiny fanboy

    by seppukudkurosawa

    But that trailer, and the whole style they've opted for, doesn't strike me as anywhere near as creepy as Dave McKean's original illustrations. You could say that a kid's movie that dark just wouldn't sell, and perhaps you're right. But in terms of it being a better, more memorable movie that doesn't slip into oblivion like Corpse Bride no doubt will, well it would have been the best direction to go.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    slip into oblivion like Corpse Bride?

    by cathartist

    excuse me? Are you talking about the same Corpse Bride that's a better all around movie than Nightmare B4 Xmas?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Alice in Fantasticland.

    by jimbojones123

    Really, with the cat, and the tea party, er, circus. It does look fantastically awesome. I just worry Burton's is going to look silly now.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Meh, they're both pretty bad emo fodder

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I like the style of them both a lot, but the songs are ridiculously bland...especially coming from the man behind Oingo Boingo.<p> </p>You want to see a good, creepy stop-motion movie, check out Jan Svankmajer's Alice- a movie so good, it's already made Tim Burton's upcoming take redundant (

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Seppuku, I agree AND disagree.

    by half vader

    It doesn't sound like you know Selick's own visual style from that comment. I love "Slow Bob in the Lower dimensions" and this seems more in that direction. Maybe they decided that McKean should do McKean-style himself, based on Mirrormask. Who Knows? <p> Don't get me wrong, BTW. I'm not slamming you in any way, and hope that didn't sound too crass. And so you know where I'm coming from, I'm an enormous fan of McKean (but sort of heartbroken MM wasn't the greatest thing ever), adore Lane Smith, whose designs and style James' characters are based on, and yes I'm a Svankmajer disciple (his Faust is fantastic with the creepy life-sized marionettes, and I'm just about to watch Little Otik) too. <p> And I agree on Corpse Bride too. My God, what a beautifully designed and animated film, all for nought. STORY STORY STORY, as Pixar (and the Old Disney) would say. <p> Finally, what the hell is with Elfman's shit mixing these days? Corpse Bride and Charlie & the CF are SHIT. I'm no audio engineer, but those are some of the muddiest mixes with the worst levels I've ever heard! WTF?! <p> Oh and an extra WTF for Cathartist. ;)

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    OK, I read your comment

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Watched Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions; noticed that the Residents were playing in the background (and I only went to see them play live a week ago!), and realised I've been an idiot.<p> The man's a loco visionary. If he'd written the scripts to Nightmare and Corpse Bride (and the Residents wrote the music, heh heh), they might have lived up to his talent. I guess every time I watch them, I find it impossible to get past the fact that the stories/music don't match up to the stunning world they're set in.<p> I've watched the trailer again, and I guess I'm mostly turned around here. I will say the buttons still don't quite look creepy enough and the family tweedy and British enough. But if Selick's handling the script for once (the last thing he wrote was Slow Bob-, then this might be something else!<p> You see, Cathartist, THAT's how you school someone. Thanks, halfvadar!<p> You should enjoy Little Otik. But I'm still not sure what to make of his movie about toe-sucking fish fetishists...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Wow. It's like Neil Gaiman DOESN'T EXIST.

    by Det. John Kimble

    That trailer would have you believe Selick dreamed this all up on his own. Fucking marketing douchebags. "But who's ever heard of this Gay-man fellow?" Argh.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Gaiman was on set through most of the shoot.

    by DOGSOUP

    I live in Portland, when Neil's in town the entire City of Books gets an erection. He LOVES what they've done. If it's good enough for Neil it's good enough for me.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Ha yeah the Residents

    by half vader

    I remember their "Freakshow" with art by Charles Burns, John Bolton and I can't remember who else, was the first "multimedia CD-ROM" I ever bought! Ah the old days...

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST

    in further WTF news...

    by half vader

    I've got one of those I.Q. test ads coming up over in the corner, and it says Britney Spears' I.Q. is 125. If that's not a load of old cobblers I'll be a monkey's shit-flinging uncle. She can barely string an un-clichéd, spoon-fed sentence together.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Det. Kimble

    by half vader

    Maybe it's some backwards Karmic thing for Mirrormask where Gaiman got ALL the attention (as much as I like Gaiman, it's not one of his uh, "shining moments") and they barely mentioned McKean. Grrr.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    They might also not want to mention Gaiman

    by seppukudkurosawa

    because of Stardust's US box-office failure. We all know how these sharks-in-suits think by now; it wouldn't surprise me one bit.<p> Meanwhile, in other Gaiman-related news, Gaiman says: "A Sandman movie is an inevitability."

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Stole it from Edward Gorey

    by Anna Valerious

    He did a dark alphabet poster, but hey, I'm not complaining. :)

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Gorey did an entire alphabet favorite...

    by FlickaPoo "...N is for Neville, who died of ennui."

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    "Big A. Little A. What begins with A?"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "Aunt Annie's Alligator! A, A, A!!!"<P>Dr. Seuss's alphabet kicked ass.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Big I, little i, what begins with I?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Itchy, itchy Ichabod. I...i...I. Branded on my brain for all eternity.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Nice! I knew I wasn't alone.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "Big Z. Little z. What begins with Z?"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "I'm a Zizzer Zazzer you can plainly see!"

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I met Gaiman last night

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    He was a special guest at the last night of Amanda Palmer's solo tour. Did a great little creepy poem.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Stardust was an amazing movie. I can only hope that Coraline is as good!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Seppukudkurosawa, thanks for the heads up

    by bongo123

    on alice, never heard of it, downloading now and will watch in about 5mins, like me some creepy shit

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    how the hell can I see all the other posters??

    by the milf lover

    I hate these fancy movie sites!! I dont want to navigate thru all this complex maze bullshit! GAHHH Why do I have to make it thru so much fluff just to see the trailer and some fucking posters?!?

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    For what it's worth

    by Don Lockwood

    ...I *did* actually send in a link and the story about Van Johnson dying but it was during Harry's Birthday Extravaganza so apparently nobody cared.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Milf lover

    by half vader

    Go to a POSTER site instead dude! Maybe you've never been to the Internet Movie Poster Awards, it's a pretty good site where you can usually find what you're after - God I sound like a PLANT, don't I? Anyway they've got all 26: <p> <p> There ya go!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by Liberty Valance

    I'm pretty sure it's not the responsibility of regular guys with actual jobs and family/personal commitments to submit death notices to an entire TEAM of self-proclaimed movie geeks whose every thought and action revolves around filmdom. Over the years this apathy has lead to two-day old news and such a dearth of scoops on AICN that the only reasons to still come here are to vent in the talkbacks or reminisce in obits. Perhaps you should stop apologizing the lack of effort from Knowles & Co and coming off like a defensive AICN fanboy.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I can't wait .

    by darquelyte

    And I don't care if nobody else sees this, I will. As Tracey The Intern Wrangler would say, "So fuck you, you douche." You know who you are.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by GoodTimeBobby


  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    half vader

    by the milf lover

    Thanks. Yeah, I know a couple poster sites, and I eventually saw all the Coraline posters. My point is more that these fucking movie sites are just too fucking complex to go thru just to see something so simple as a few posters (or in this case a shitload of posters).

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by abetyler

    it sounds a lot more better than Burton's prefab stop-mo shit!!

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    What, as opposed to instantaneous stop-motion shit?!