Coraline - 2 Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray
Dakota Fanning, Terri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, Ian McShane
(Focus Features; US DVD: 21 Jul 2009; UK DVD: 21 Jul 2009)
In combination with the qualities director Henry Selick typically brings to the party—passion for stop motion, an attention to detail, a true love of the overall artform—Coraline can’t help but be charming. It’s like a trip back in time, to the moment when you first realized that a giant ape could actually climb to the top of the Empire State Building, or a creature from Greek mythology could ‘come alive’ scare you to your core. It’s a flawless illustration of why pen and ink cartooning (and its modern computer-based companion) just can’t compete with the painstaking approach of this old school medium. Perhaps audiences will finally understand and appreciate what Selick and his cohorts have been championing for decades. This kind of animation is truly amazing, and Coraline is a perfect example of its remarkable, resplendent wonders.