I saw Coraline last night! It was spooky and dream-like and totally beautiful. I know a lot of people are probably going to pick it apart and dissect all the reasons why it should not be successful according to the tried and true story formulas and paradigms that audiences are used to seeing, but I really loved it. It is totally unconventional and it really stays with you...I went to bed last night thinking about it and I woke up this morning STILL thinking about it. I think it's got what me and Sean call "That Wes Anderson Thing": there are movies that are created for instant satisfaction, to deliver their messages in as clear and straight forward a manner possible, and then there are movies that don't put everything on the table all at once, approach film making from a unique vantage point and overall challenge an audience to think and explore and come to their own conclusions, and I think Coraline is one of them. (Obviously, Mr. Anderson isn't the only filmmaker who makes movies of that nature, it's just a good contemporary example. I had to see The Royal Tenenbaums a couple times before I liked it at all.) When I left the theater last night I was kinda "Well it was good, BUT..." while secretly my inner 7-year old was jumping for joy, and at present I'm thinking that I really would like to see it again.
Also, did you know that there are Coraline shoes?? I know the Laika/Nike connection is totally obvious to all you folk in the animation spectrum, but it's still pretty cool that they made them. I guess they are impossible to get ahold of. You have to win them or something.
Also you have to wear socks made out of cotton candy with them.