Comic-Con: Henry Selick’s ‘Coraline’ maquettes charm the ‘Con

July 26, 2008 | 11:05 p.m.

Fans of director Henry Selick and writer Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” got an up-close look at Selick’s upcoming stop-motion animated featureCoraline” on the Comic-Con show floor.

Adapted by Selick from Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book of the same name, “Coraline” follows a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. The parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. Except when Coraline’s fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother, voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to keep her forever.

Georgina Hayns, head of “Coraline” puppet department, accompanied the movie’s maquettes to San Diego where they are displayed in the NECA booth. Selick allowed the models to journey from Laika headquarters in Portland, Oregon where he has been recording the stop-mo animation in native 3-D. “Coraline” is due in theaters February 6, 2009.

See a “Coraline” clip here and a trailer here. Character descriptions and another photo after the jump.


Photos: Ian Shive, courtesy Focus Features


CORALINE (Dakota Fanning) – resourceful, determined, and trying to get back home

CORALINE’S DOLL – the start of the biggest adventure of Coraline’s life

OTHER MOTHER 1 (Teri Hatcher) – seems sweet to Coraline, but her true nature is dark indeed

OTHER MOTHER 2 – can Coraline and Wybie outsmart her?

MR. BOBINSKY (Ian McShane)- one of Coraline’s new neighbors; an eccentric, beet-eating Russian giant

THE GHOST CHILDREN – Coraline and Wybie are their only hope for rescue

Original music by They Might be Giants

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6 Responses to Comic-Con: Henry Selick’s ‘Coraline’ maquettes charm the ‘Con

  1. Mbuckingham says:

    hey nice article! I can't wait for this movie to come out!

  2. yurio daxmen says:

    i remember when my grade nine teacher, ma farea, handed me this book and i had to read it, i thought itd be gay, but when i read it i couldnt stop! it was amazing i was full of happiness and excitement, and satisfaction. i could picture clearly in my head the story and the scenes and how the ppl lookd and even the animals, my imagination was choked by how clear this adventure coraline was accepting.. wow. THANKS A MILLION MS FAREA <3
    -hart yurio

  3. Krystal says:

    Hayy ! :)
    I ABSOLUTLY ADORE Coraline i havent read the book yet but i was wondering if their will be merchandise of Coraline, Whitby, The Cat, Other Mom, Other Dad, ect… :)
    Message back pleeeeeeeeeeeese if would mean the best for me :D
    #1 Fan of CORALINE
    WOOOOO ! :D :P

  4. Reynolds says:

    Coraline was a boring, dreary mess. I hope Henry Selick works with someone other than nutty Scientologist Neil Gaiman. Gaiman's stories are depressing and dull. Coraline was a whining, nasty character and the whole film just degenerated into nonsense. The movie was also creepy and not in a good way, in a Scientologist crazy zombie way. Gaiman is an overrated hack.

  5. Simone Samuels says:

    Where can I find a doll in Cape Town?

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