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Episode 638th October 2020 • Verbal Diorama • Verbal Diorama
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I thought we'd play a game....

It's been 9 months since I last featured a Laika movie, and I've waited a long time on purpose to bring Coraline to the podcast.

Because Coraline is scary. It's a genuine horror movie that just happens to be animated. And like most horror, it's the real life elements that Coraline speaks about; family, trust, attempted kidnap and deceptive adults that are the real horror elements at play. We all wish for another version of our lives, but is the grass always greener on the other side?

Based on the excellent Neil Gaiman novella, and expertly directed by Henry Selick, of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach fame, Coraline is a masterpiece of stop motion, an expertly devised web of horror and this was only Laika's first attempt to make their own animated features. With sprinkles of The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, as well as one of very few films to really make excellent use of 3D, keep your eye on Coraline....

Laika's achievement is, as always, simply astonishing.

Now you're going to stay here forever. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on Coraline!


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Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook

Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)

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