February 6th 2009
  • Animated/Fantasy,
  • PG,
  • 100 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane, Keith David, John Hodgman
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Writer: Henry Selick
  • Producers: Claire Jennings, Mary Sandell
  • Executive Producers: Bill Mechanic, Henry Selick, Michael Zoumas
  • Art Directions: Phil Brotherton, Jamie Caliri, Tom Proost, Dawn Swiderski
  • Casting: Linda Lamontagne
  • D.O.P.: Pete Kozachik
  • Editors: Christopher Murrie, Ronald Sanders
  • Musics: Bruno Coulais, They Might Be Giants


From Henry Selick, visionary director of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and based on Neil Gaiman's international best-selling book, comes a spectacular stop-motion animated adventure – the first to be originally filmed in 3D!

Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it – only much better.

But when this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents (including her Other Mother voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to trap her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world – and save her family.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Portland, USA
  • MPAA Warning: thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor
  • Production Budget: $60 million
  • Production Companies: Laika Entertainment, Pandemonium
  • Production Schedule: 22 May 2006 - August 2006

Featured Articles


Originally, alternative rock group They Might Be Giants was recruited to create the music for the film including the score, but only two songs ended up being used. However, they stated that the unused songs would later be included on future albums, for example, "Careful What You Pack" from The Else.

Coraline is the first stop-motion animation to be shot stereoscopically with a dual digital camera rig for digital 3-D exhibition.

The characters' hands were made to be interchangeable, so more than 1000 different pairs of hands were made.

New tools are being developed which will give the stop-motion creators the same flexibility as CGI animators, making it possible to push objects forward and back in post-production.

At one point, the team tried to use stop motion on Coraline's real world, and CGI on the other world, similar to the transition from black and white to color in The Wizard of Oz, but according to Selick; "when we put them side by side, it felt like we were going to this cold place. The life she was trying to escape, which was boring and flat, was more appealing." Neither did it work to do it the other way around.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 13 February 2009: Brazil
  • 12 March 2009: Argentina
  • 2 April 2009: Australia
  • 22 April 2009: Netherlands
  • 24 April 2009: Italy
  • 8 May 2009: Norway
  • 15 May 2009: Sweden, Turkey, UK
  • 20 May 2009: Denmark
  • 25 June 2009: Germany
  • 1 July 2009: Italy
  • 21 October 2009: Belgium, France