Lose a Button?

coralineLast night I saw the Henry Selick directed “Coraline” at the Byrd Theatre.

“Coraline” is based on the 2002 book by Neil Gaiman, author of comics, novels, and master of mystery and the off-kilter story.

This is Selick’s third stop-motion animated feature following Tim Burton’s 1993 “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and The Giant Peach” (1996).

“Coraline” (not Caroline) was the first stop-motion feature shot in 3D stereoscope but unfortunately we missed the 3D version when it was out, but there is nothing flat, wrong, or boring about this “Coraline.”

Colaline has moved to a new place and is living in a strange pink apartment building with eccentric neighbors, a bothersome neighbor boy and a feral cat. Her parents are obsorbed with their writings and are ignoring Caroline leaving her to explore her not so safe environment. Selick has brought Gaiman’s vision to life in a wonderful movie that I am sure will stand up to repeated viewings. The kids will love this one, but I am not sure about grandma.

The movie stars the voices of Dakota Fanning as Coraline, Teri Hatcher as the mother, and Keith David as the cat.

Since it was Saturday night at the Byrd, Bob Gulledge opened the show with a rousing rendition of show and patriot tunes on the Mighty Wurlitzer as the audience enthusiastically gave their approval.

Another wonderful evening at the Byrd Theatre.

Make sure you know where all of your buttons are. Just ask Coraline.

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