The Other Mother

Coraline is a very disturbing animated film. Allow me to set up the story. An offbeat girl named Coraline (not Caroline) lives in a drab existence with her mother and father. Feeling fed up with her boring life, Coraline discovers a secret door that leads her to an alternate universe. Where she finds a perfect world with perfect parents and neighbors (all of which have buttons for eyes). The fact that they have buttons instead of eyes is creepy enough. What really creeped me out was the idea of having a mother who looks like your mother, but isn’t really your mother. I was so terrified that I actually had a nightmare about it. It made me appreciate my mother a lot more after watching. Coraline is a stop-motion movie by the same guy who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s also the first movie by the stop-motion animation company Laika. A company that I have very mixed feelings towards. Coraline was so creepy that I question why it was even marketed to children. Still, Coraline is a movie that I recommend for its technical merit and uniquely creepy style.

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Coraline discovers there’s another world

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