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11-year-old Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) has just moved with her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) to a new home in Oregon. With no friends and her parents distracted by work, the feisty and adventurous Coraline sets out to find some excitement in her isolated new environment. She is befriended -- or, as she sees it, pestered -- by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.) and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible (Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French) as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian, Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane). Just as she's beginning to think her new home is utterly uninteresting, she uncovers a secret door which leads to a parallel existence much like her own life -- but much better. The adults, including the solicitous Other Mother (also voiced by Teri Hatcher) welcome her warmly. And Coraline gets far more attention there -- even from the mysterious Cat (Keith David). She begins to think that this Other World might be where she truly belongs. But when her wondrously off-kilter, fantastical visit turns dangerous, Coraline must summon all her resourcefulness, determination and courage to get back home -- and save her real family.
Read more about the making-of the film and an interview with Henry Selick at Animation World Magazine: here and here.
CORALINE's stellar voice cast includes Dakota Fanning (WAR OF THE WORLDS), Teri Hatcher (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), John Hodgman (THE DAILY SHOW), Ian McShane (DEADWOOD) and Keith David (CRASH), with an enchanting musical score by Bruno Coulais (WINGED MIGRATION, THE CHORUS). Henry Selick is one of the leading directors working in animation today. He directed the 1993 film THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which has achieved classic status and the remastered 3-D version is bringing Selick a whole new generation of fans.
Selick is also the director of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, which won the top prize for animated feature at the Annecy Film Festival, and MONKEYBONE. He also created the celebrated animation sequences for Wes Anderson's THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU. CORALINE is based on Neil Gaiman's book, a New York Times and international bestseller and enormous critical success. Among its many honors are: the British Science Fiction Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, the Bram Stoker and the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla awards. Preorder close is June 2, 2009. CORALINE on Blu-ray Hi-Def is priced at $39.98 SRP. The 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD is priced at $34.98 SRP and the single disc DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP.
Blu-ray-Exclusive Special Features Include
-- U-Control ON 2-D Feature -- Universal's exclusive signature feature allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie. Through picture-in-picture, fans can enhance their understanding of how the movie was made by viewing tours of the sets, animatics and behind-the-scenes moments, including voiceover sessions.
-- Creepy CORALINE -- Director and screenwriter Henry Selick and CORALINE author Neil Gaiman take fans deeper into the darker intricacies of CORALINE's alternative worlds.
-- BD-Live -- Fans can access exclusive online and interactive features through their Internet connected Blu-ray player, including:
-- My Scenes Sharing -- Show your BD-Live friends your favorite scenes from the film.
-- The World According To Henry – In this feature, director Henry Selick discusses his approach to the film adaptation of the award-winning book and what he loves about CORALINE.
2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD and Blu-ray Special Features Include:
-- Deleted Scenes
-- The Making Of CORALINE -- Director and screenwriter Henry Selick hosts this behind the scenes feature about how this hand-crafted, stop-motion animated film was made.
-- Voicing The Characters -- CORALINE's acclaimed cast and filmmaker Henry Selick talk about their experiences working on the film, including defining the perfect voice for their characters.