Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Coraline Casting


I love Neil Gaiman's Coraline. It's a wonderfully creepy children's book, reminiscent of old fashioned kid's tales, with real terror threatening its heroine.

I was hugely excited to hear the same people behind A Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach were making a stop-motion film of it - if ever there were a book that you picture being animated a la stop-motion, Coraline is that book.

And it did seem inevitable that Dakota "Hands In Every Pie" Fanning would be cast as the voice of Coraline.

But Teri Hatcher? Teri "Dr. Monica Demonico" Hatcher... really? I just can't justify anything that gives that crazy-eyed woman work. I'm assuming she's playing the two versions of Coraline's mother (makes sense if you read the story)...

Well, at least I won't have to look at her. Because that's not the kind of scary I'd been envisioning for the book.

ETA Whoa! I just read this in that Wiki entry:

"Just as Dorothy's adventures in The Wizard of Oz were shot in colors while her daily life in Kansas was shot in black-and-white, Coraline will be made using computer-generated imagery when she is in the "real" world, while it will use handmade stop-motion when she is in the parallel universe. The stop-motion animated will be shot stereoscopically with a dual digital camera rig for digital 3-D exhibition."

So I'm guessing the "real world" people will look like the creeptastic humans of The Polar Express? Or maybe just regular CG humans like in Toy Story. Hmm. Interesting... I like that its "unnatural" humans for both worlds, though.



originally this was going to be live action and Michelle Pfeiffer was going to play Mother / Other Mother but Gaiman has her as the multiple villain of Stardust instead.

he likes her does Gaiman

Jason Adams said...

Are you trying to tell me that you're Neil Gaiman?

I guess that doesn't have to be the case, as any sane person does like MP.


ha ha. sadly i am not Neil Gaiman, he that hobknobs with Tori Amos, gets Pfeiffer in his book adaptations, and writes really great books...