Sunday, September 9, 2012
Blogging Flashback: Coraline (2009)
****REPOSTED FROM THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH NEW EDITS AND COMMENTS****
A bit dark and scary for a family film, Coraline suffers from some internal problems while showing us a beautifully done cover.
The artwork here is amazing. I'm not a huge animation fan, but I don't mind watching it so long as there's something in it aimed at a more adult audience. Coraline is probably one of the most impressive pieces of animation I've seen in a few years, and I'm struggling to find an animated film I think is done better. Possibly The Lion King, but I'd have to sit down and think about it for a lot longer than I'm willing to do right now.
This is a cartoon I wouldn't want to take smaller children to. In many ways it gives you a Tim Burton feel with none of the light-hearted moments or charm to keep the film from being a problem for its intended audience. I've lived with an evil mom for more than three decades, but I think the "other" mother from the film could be nightmare inducing in your average child. With few exceptions, there's nothing to countermand that. No burst of color of joy to make the bad stuff seem less important. It's an important part of telling a story to a kid, and these guys seriously missed the mark.
There are a lot of themes here that seem inappropriate for smaller kids, caveat watcher.