DVD: Coraline, For retail and rental (Universal)

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The Independent Culture

Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel, and directed by Henry Selick, the maker of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline is a stop-motion animation about a bluehaired 11-year-old who finds a doorway to another world.

It’s easy to admire the film’s psychedelic surrealism and marvellous design, but it’s not a great deal of fun. As well as having the creepiness of a nightmare, it also has the woozy logic of a dream, in that it keeps plonking in arbitrary plot devices to help the action along.