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Coraline

Director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas; James and the Giant Peach) delivers a delightfully creepy stop-motion animated adventure for children, based on Neil Gaiman's much-praised book.

Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her parents have just moved into the Pink Palaces Apartments in Oregon, where they find themselves surrounded by eccentric neighbours, including a pair of ageing burlesque performers (Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French).

It should be an exciting time, but Coraline's parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) are too busy as horticultural journalists to spend any time with her, so she is deeply bored. That is until she discovers a mysterious door that only appears after dark.

Bold and inquisitive, the youngster investigates.

She discovers a brightly coloured alternative universe, where her 'Other Mother' (also Hatcher) has plenty of time to play with her and her neighbours' quirks are charmingly exaggerated; in fact, she's tempted to stay.

But all is not as it seems. Everyone in the new world has buttons for eyes - and the operation to install them involves knitting needles. And that revelation is just the first of her shocking discoveries about the true nature of her apparent idyll...

So, there's definitely good reason for its PG certificate, though children who can cope with the story of Hansel and Gretel shouldn't find anything too disturbing here.

Selick's film won great critical acclaim, and scooped festival prizes around the world, as well as picking up an Oscar nomination and winning the 2009 Bafta Children's Award.

Also featuring the voices of Keith David, Robert Bailey Jr and Ian McShane.

Coraline synopsis

A deliciously dark animated adventure for kids who don't mind a scare or two

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