Boo-a-Thon Challenge #3 | Coraline: A Problematic Fave

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.
Coraline Jones is on one hand brave, sassy, loyal, and a true friend. On the other hand she is rude, unforgiving, and makes fun of others. I've watched Coraline so many times. I can't believe I forgot how mean she could be. She calls her neighbor Wyborn, a.k.a. Wybie, Why-were-you-born. Sheesh! She can be harsh to her parents when they are clearly stressed out and to her kooky neighbors for being themselves. However, moving away from your friends, not being allowed to do the thing you love (garden), and your parents having no time for you can make any tween/teenager be in a mood. All of her rudeness plus the growth in Coraline, while still retaining her sassiness in the face of danger, is what makes her such a problematic fave.

I love this movie. It's unexpectedly spooky for a children's movie, the way it is filmed (stop motion animation), and everything about the characters and the story line is amazing. Although Coraline is not a good movie for kids (it even creeps me out sometimes like with one of the ghosts terrified face, the Other Mother's transformation, and just the whole button eye thing). Have you ever imagined buttons being sewed onto your eyes? Because I have thanks to this movie. Still, it's a perfect Halloween movie filled with magic and scares. Coraline is one of those movies you can't help but be entranced with as you watch it. I wish more movies were made like it and had this much imagination.

Here are some of my thoughts I shared about Coraline on twitter:

Spoilers ahead!

Who is your favorite problematic character that you can't help but love? 
It's Halloween! Did you dress up?


  1. Although Jess has seen it and read the book- I have only read the book. I had a student tell me how scary the movie is and I have to admit I was too afraid. I could imagine the button eyed other mother- and all the creepiness. Maybe I will check it out at some point- when the sun is out. :)

    1. Yes, only when the sun is out you should watch this for the very first time! It is not that bad. But, it is pretty spooky. The opening scene is pretty creepy. It's worth watching regardless.


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