A superhero film that’s animated? Awesome. I probably wouldn’t have bothered with this except that everyone was just so hugely raving about it. Friends who I know get superhero movies, so I felt safe trusting them. And it was totally and utterly awesome.
The basic story is that there’s someone who’s not Peter Parker who get super spider powers. And there are, like, parallel universes with different Spider-men who all come together to try to beat the bad guy.
And it’s so cool. Animation allows them to go nuts all over all the different spider-folk, exploring different styles of animation and just doing wild stuff. So much fun. I loved it heaps.
Neil Gaiman writes amazing horror for kids – I once read a great article where he talks about the fact that his child wanted horror and he was surprised to discover that little existed, so he created it himself. Coraline is about a girl who moves to a small town with her parents who are so wrapped up in themselves that they barely notice she’s there. She discovers an alternative world where things are magical and fantastic, but she can only stay is she lets her eyes be replaced with buttons. How does that make sense? And yet, it totally does. Fabulous story, beautiful animation. Overall, this is just totally wonderful.
Coraline was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature film of the year.