Review: “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman and “Coraline” by Henry Selick (Dakota Fanning)

Posted: December 2, 2014 in Henry Selick, Neil Gaiman
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Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

S1E10 – Coraline (book/movie)*


Ryan: 4 Stars “…Broad brush strokes paint a deliciously dark fairy tale (through the brick wall)…

Wilk: 5 Stars “…The imagery and words pounded my mind like a brilliant symphony played by an undead orchestra…

Rick: 3 Stars “…A poor girl named Coraline is ignored all the time by her parents…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on



“Coraline (young adult)” by Neil Gaiman

Book: “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman

“‘Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . .’

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman’s first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader’s guide, and more.” (from

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“Coraline (animated)” by Henry Selick (Dakota Fanning)


Movie: “Coraline” by Henry Selick (Dakota Fanning)

“An unsettling parallel reality awaits a young girl when she crawls through a secret passage in this spooky animated children’s fantasy based on the novella by Neil Gaiman. After moving into her new home with her work-fixated parents, Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) teams up with new friend Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.) to explore the neighbourhood. Deciding it’s just as dull as she thought, she turns her attentions to her own house, where, after following a button-eyed mouse, she stumbles upon a hidden door. Crawling through the passage beyond, Coraline emerges into an eerie, parallel version of her own world. Initially bewitched by her strange new surroundings, where everything seems to revolve around her, Coraline soon has to fight tooth and nail to return home when her new mother (Teri Hatcher) tries to force her to stay.” (from




The events that unfolded in this podcast episode will be sung by the bards for all time. Which, if this global warming thing is true, won’t be that long—AM I RIGHT?!!

All three of the panelists enjoyed the novella. However, two of the three had measured enthusiasm, whereas I loved it without bounds. And I was right.

It is a modern fairy tale. Dark and laced with a clear moral lesson. So clear, that none of us could agree on what that lesson was. Rick felt that the parents in the novel were not doing their part—and that the book was slamming them (as he believed it should). Ryan politely disagreed, whereas I disagreed unencumbered with politeness.

Despite the minor disagreement over what the overall lesson was from the work, there was no question that the writing was vivid and painted a haunting dreamscape in the mind of the reader. This led to a conversation about drugs that was (thankfully) heavily edited.

The movie was well-received as a tireless work of art by a master at his craft. The stop-motion animation has no equal in modern cinema and must be seen to be truly appreciated. However, the tone of the movie was lighter than the book. But—whether you are on acid or not, it is worth watching (was the general consensus).

So, until next time, if you strap yourself into a modified helium balloon propelled by rockets, don’t forget to take care of your affairs because you are going to die. In space. Where there is no deodorant. *

– Wilk


On the podcast we mentioned that Neil Gaiman authorized the release of “Coraline” as a graphic novel (check it out):

Also, Neil Gaiman wrote the successful DC Comics book series “The Sandman” (check it out):



* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

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  2. […] Podcast: If you enjoy my review (or this topic) this book and the movie based on it were further discussed/debated in a lively discussion on my podcast: “No Deodorant In Outer Space”. The podcast is available on iTunes or our website ( […]

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