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Coraline

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Book_Cover_CoralineOk, I’m in a Coraline frenzy! Coraline, written by Neil Gaiman is a children’s fantasy story about a girl who has just recently moved into an old house with her parents. Behind a door in one of the rooms, she discovers a different world. This new world, however, is built the same as the old one. The house is the same, and the people are the same too…except for one little thing. Her “other” mother and father and all of the other characters have button eyes! It’s great for her until things get slightly sinister. An interesting take on the classic, Alice in Wonderland.

But that’s not all. Coraline has been turned into a 3D, stop motion picture by the one and only, Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. (that was a mouthful!) Henry Selick completely rebuilt the world of Coraline and made it come to life with the incredible team at Laika. Also, it’s terrifying and thrilling to see how 3D has evolved and is becoming a major part of film today.

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You’d think I was done, but I’m not. The Coraline package comes with a beautifully designed flash website. Throughout the site you can find short video clips of the making of Coraline. You will be fascinated by some of the interviews and what the animators had to go through.

And last, but not least, the soundtrack by Bruno Coulais completes this thrilling children’s tale.

MirrorMask

Monday, September 8th, 2008

MirrorMask, written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean, has definitely become one of my favorites that has inspired my film interests. It’s such a different style from what you normally see in theaters. Dave McKean’s brilliant artistry combined with Gaiman’s internationally acclaimed story telling makes a remarkable piece. And to think that it was the first film for many of the crew, including McKean! Here is the synopsis from sony pictures

MirrorMask is the story of Helena, a fifteen-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes-quite ironically-that she could run away from the circus and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. Helena searches for the Mirrormask, an object of enormous power that is her only hope of escaping the Dark Lands, waking the Queen of Light and returning home.

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The soundtrack by Iain Ballamy is worth mentioning too. It’s got jazzy roots to create a new sound for the world of mirrormask.

This movie has certainly opened my eyes to new possibilities

-Laura