Excerpt: There are some artists who's voices are so intrinsically tied to a particular medium, that they are either untranslatable to another, or so out of the norm when done that audiences may not know what to make of them. Award winning comics writer and novelist Neil Gaiman may well be one of them. His previous forays into film, either as a writer or having his work adapted by others, have been uneven at best.
Excerpt: I don't how Henry Selick feels about it, but whenever someone comments about how awesome Tim Burton 's " A Nightmare Before Christmas " (1993) is, it urks me a little. Because although Burton came up with the story and produced the film it was Selick who directed it. The film was sold as a " Tim Burton 's...
Summary: So sharp you won't feel a thing. Don't look for it on store shelves -- it won't be there -- but the Blu-ray 3D version of Coraline is out there in the wild as a "promotional" release tied to the purchase of Panasonic 3D HDTVs. As with the other bundled disc that was the first of its kind available -- DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens -- "promotional" apparently means "stripped" as this disc lacks the extensive bonus materials found on Universal's previous 2D-only release .
Excerpt: At 38 minutes into Coraline , the title character walks into a circus tent. There, a collection of musically talented mice perform a circus act, one that could be one of the most startling, jaw dropping animated sequences in the history of stop motion animation. Every mouse moves, turns, and dances to the music, making the choreography look effortless, although knowing how the form works, that was certainly not the case.
Conclusion: Taking audiences into a world where wishes become nightmares, 'Coraline' is the newest animated film from visionary director Henry Selick. Adapted from the novella by imaginative author Neil Gaiman, the film is a splendid and astounding visual delight with a narrative that's genuinely - and appreciably - terrifying, one that may not work well with younger viewers. The Blu-ray edition arrives with a reference level picture quality and an audio presentation to match.
Summary: Long before the advent and rise of CG animation, stop-motion animation was king. It brought gods and monsters to life, immersed young minds in fairytale worlds of unspeakable danger, and delivered some of the most memorable images in cinematic history. Sadly, as Pixar and other CG heavyweights came to power, stop-motion animation fell by the wayside, deemed too expensive, too time-consuming and, to many, too archaic to resonate with modern audiences.
Excerpt: One movie already being talked about as an awards contender for 2009 is Coraline . I watched it in 3D recently, and I very much agree with this sentiment. This animated stop motion film, based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, is a wonderful example of great animation and great writing, something many movies aimed at children fail to do .
Excerpt: Henry Selick and Tim Burton need each other. In 1993 they collaborated on a stop-motion film called The Nightmare Before Christmas and created magic. Since then they’ve both separately attempted other stop-motion projects. Burton released Corpse Bride back in 2005 while Selick has done Monkeybone and now Coraline . Of those three it is Coraline that works best, but it’s hard not to notice that there’s some vital spark missing.