The 'Ranft Bros. Moving Company' that moves Coraline's family into their home, are based on real-life brothers Jerome Ranft and Joe Ranft. Both brothers did work on _The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)_ with Director Henry Selick. The mover at the front door (who is given the $1.00 tip) is modeled after Joe Ranft.
The original sweater the design team had designed for Coraline's father sported a big maize-and-blue University of Michigan logo. However producer Bill Mechanic decided to change the design in favor of his alma mater - Michigan State.
The red lighthouse visible in one of the snow globes Corline places on the shelf was modeled after Big Red, the lighthouse at the Holland State park in Holland, Mi.
The Ghost Children call the Other Mother a "beldam". A glance at the dictionary will reveal that the word has two meanings: "an old, ugly woman", or "grandmother".
In Quebec, the French version features the voices of Catherine Brunet, 'Genevieve Brouillette' and Jean-Michel Anctil.
The first stop-motion animated feature to be shot entirely in 3-D.
At one hour and forty minutes long, this is the longest stop-motion film to date.
Coraline has also been made into a stage musical, produced by MCC Theater in New York, with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields.
# # In the trailer, when they show Coraline's other father he is wearing Monkeybone slippers. Monkeybone (2001) was another film directed by Henry Selick.
Neil Gaiman told the audience at a reading in Hamburg (Germany) on March 21st 2007 that the music will be by They Might Be Giants.
SPOILER: At the end of the movie as the camera zooms out from everyone in the garden we can see the landscaping resembles "Other" Mother's true face as opposed to Coraline's like it was in the "other" world.
SPOILER: The ghost children's name for the Other Mother is "the Beldam." This is a reference to John Keats' 1819 poem "La Belle Dame sans Merci" (literally, the beautiful lady without mercy). The poem is about a knight who meets a "full beautiful...faery's child" with "wild" eyes. She takes the knight "to her elfin grot," where she enchants him, but he dreams of others - "pale kings, and princes too" - who warn him that she has him in her thrall. The M.O. of the Other Mother and the warnings of the ghost children to Coraline about what the Other Mother did to them are echoes of Keats' poem.
Towards the end of the movie, Coraline's real mother puts away a toy tank. The tank closely resembles the first ever tank, the British Mark I, nicknamed "Mother".
On the back of the moving van at the start of the movie, when they are about to open the van doors the grafitti says 'Stop mo rulz!'
Coraline (2009) is similar to another Neil Gaiman work, MirrorMask (2005), which also featured a dark, parallel world that was a distorted version of our own. People in our world would be there in the other but playing different roles.
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