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  • Coraline, Simply Divine

    Posted by chad3d on February 15, 2009

    Well this might be a little late however I have been crunching on my Animation Mentor assignment this week and finally have time to post about it.

    Opening weekend for Coraline was great! It grossed a cool 16.3 million which was 3rd in the box office for that weekend and more than the projected ticket sales.  Not to shabby for the Portland Oregon’s based studio Laika‘s first feature film. I expect to see great things in the future out of this studio.  I didn’t get to see it in 3D as non of the theaters around here had that feature available.

    I did get to check them out at Siggraph this year and was waiting to see this movie for some time. They maquettes that they used in the movie where there. It was amazing to see all these little hand crafted puppets that they used to make an animated feature. A lot of work went into this piece making it all that it is.

    The story was much of what I expected until it took a very creepy twist at the end (which I liked!). The characters where all very cool and gave it a beetlejuice like feel. The only one I didn’t care for was the evil mom when she was in her true form. She looked to much like Cruella De’vil from 101 Dalmatians. They also added a piece in the movie that let Coraline see the eyes, which was clearly a rip off from Spiderwich Chronicles. The rest was pretty original and fun!

    Here are some Photos I took at Siggraph and The Trailer.

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