Coraline storms into theaters this weekend. While more Nightmare Before Christmas than a Disney Princess film, early reviews have been good. I would not recommend this film for anyone not in the the ‘tween bracket or for those with heavier religious leanings than others. Roger Ebert says,
“Coraline” is the new film by Henry Selick, who made “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) and again combines his mastery of stop-motion and other animation with 3-D. The 3-D creates a gloomier image (take off the glasses and the screen is bright), but then this is a gloomy film with weird characters doing nasty things. I’ve heard of eating chocolate-covered insects, but not when they’re alive.
The ideal audience for this film would be admirers of film art itself, assuming such people exist. Selick creates an entirely original look and feel, uses the freedom of animation to elongate his characters into skeletal spectres looming over poor Coraline. Her new friend, Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.), is a young hunchback whose full name is Wyborn, and it doesn’t take Coraline long to wonder why his parents named him that. Full Review.
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New to DVD: Madagascar 2
The sequel to 2005’s “Madagascar”, in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo. Order your copy today from Amazon.com.