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Coraline 3D, UPDATED

February 19, 2009

MrsDoF and I saw Niel Gaiman’s Coraline 3D this weekend.  It’s a very creepy Wizard-of-Oz type story about a little girl who finds herself in a magical land… with a catch.  And the wicked witch really was wicked… nobody will be making redeeming musicals about her.

The movie was all the more enjoyable because it’s just what it appears to be, and not a vehicle for some social message that adults think they need to cram down kids’ throats along with the popcorn. Or if there was a message, I was too obtuse to catch on to it, which is always a possibility.  If your kids are prone to nightmares, though, maybe best to skip it.

My favorite character was the scraggly-looking black cat, which dispensed aloof wisdom but got right into the thick of the action when necessary.  Good kitty!

The movie is also enjoyable as an example of stop-motion animation with actual models, and not a CGI extravaganza.  Wired magazine has the wonderful, geeky details.

We saw the movie in Real-D, a 3D technology that will make you forget all about the old red/blue glasses.  Oh, you still wear special glasses, but they’re quite comfortable, and both eyes are the same.  It’s a trick of circular polarization that brings about the effect, and only possible with the new digital projectors.  It works amazingly well.  In a scene where a needle comes out of fabric right toward the viewer’s eye, I heard gasps all over the theater.

If you are prone to debilitating headaches afterward, occasionally resulting in long-lasting dizzyness so that you normally just wait for the video, digital movie projectors are the same or worse as/than film projectors.  The Real-D technology doesn’t specifically seem to make it worse.  But it doesn’t fix it either.

UPDATE: I forgot to include this wonderful narrative from Neil Gaiman about “fear of buttons”…

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  1. February 19, 2009 at 21:05 | #1

    Any idea how it would go with a lazy eye- evenwith 60/6 correction my son can’t see many 3d effects.

  2. February 19, 2009 at 22:43 | #2

    I can only suggest that you try it, but be ready to beat-feet out of the theatre if there are unpleasant effects.

  3. February 19, 2009 at 23:04 | #3

    Or just carry a spew cup with you…

    I saw the movie with my sig and I really enjoyed it. She was on the fence. I appreciated the character of Coraline and will have to finish the book now.

  4. February 20, 2009 at 10:45 | #4

    I have always thought that 3D is not much more than a gimmick. I saw a 3D film at Disney recently, and my opinion stands.

  5. MrsDoF
    February 20, 2009 at 18:29 | #5

    I really did like the story.  When she crawls down that tunnel, every warning nerve in my daycare teacher body went directly to high alert for child endangerment.  And the talking cat is soooo much better than the one in Alice in Wonderland.

    G R—the images for this film came through for me better than others I have seen.
    My astigmatism in both eyes has foibles for viewing pleasure.

    Webs, your mate’s title now is Wife.  Say it often.

  6. February 20, 2009 at 23:07 | #6

    I have always thought that 3D is not much more than a gimmick. I saw a 3D film at Disney recently, and my opinion stands.

    In many cases this is likely the case. The nice thing with this move, at least for me, it didn’t cost extra for the 3D stuff. Same price…

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