Neil Gaiman: It was lovely, and, once it got going, really creepy. I have visions of terrified parents having their hands squeezed by solicitous children who will have to remind them that it's only a movie.
Ain't It Cool News: That fact is evident from the opening credit sequence, which follows a rag doll being dismembered and subsequently rebuilt by an unseen creature whose nature is hinted at by the giant spidery hand seen performing the operation. We don't really know what's going on here, but the sequence is still as unsettling as hell.
They Might Be Giants: "It was a strange experience. They basically wanted the music to be more creepy. It was unfortunate--we did a lot of sort of preliminary work, there were a lot of false starts, and we never really found a rhythm to work with them. I guess there's one of our songs in the movie momentarily, but it's sort of unfortunate."
The Oregonian: Laika, Phil Knight's Portland animation studio, laid off 65 people today as it pulled the plug on a long-gestating film. [p] "Jack and Ben's Animated Adventure" was a computer-generated feature once slated to be Laika's second film. The first movie, a stop-motion picture called "Coraline," is due in theaters Feb. 6.
Would you be comfortable taking a young child to the movie? And if not, exactly what is the audience for this movie?
(Image from Coraline box #8.)
In other Coraline news, at random I checked to see if the Other Mother had a website. Turns out there is a website called "The Other Mother," but it's not related to the movie.
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