Saturday, February 7, 2009



Dakota Fanning: 11-year old Coraline Jones
Teri Hatcher: her mother
John Hodgman: her father
Ian McShane: Mr. Bobinsky, a former circus contortionist
Robert Bailey: a neighbourhood kid Wybourne “Wybie” Lovat
Keith David: a black cat
Dawn French: Miss Forcible, a former vaudeville performer
Jennifer Saunders: her partner Miss Spink

The big question is “Who is the target audience?”. Certainly not young children (it’s far too scary for them and they’ll wind up having nightmares) and definitely not anybody looking forward to having a good time: there is hardly a happy moment during the entire one hour and forty minutes. Instead we are subjected to bony skeletal figures in the “other world” with huge bugs and fearsome bats lurking about.

Although we should be rooting for our heroine Coraline that’s practically impossible: she is anything but sweet, she’s got an attitude and is not someone you’d much care about.

One final comment: it’s insufferably too long by at least fifteen minutes; some would say by one hour and forty minutes .

for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.

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