There's a sneak peek of the stop-motion animated movie of Neil Gaiman's cute-goth comic Coraline out today, and it's delightfully freaky. Title character Coraline explores her new home and finds a portal that leads into another dimension, with bizarro versions of her mom and dad inside. Of course, she has to battle the baddies in order to get things back to normal.
What is it with kids and dimension-hopping portals? The kids in C.S. Lewis' books couldn't stay out of the damn wardrobe that wormholed them to Narnia, and if you haven't read Julie Andrews' The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles about kids who are trained by a professor to flip their minds into an alternate universe, then you're missing out. And of course Lyra in The Golden Compass is on her way to meet her dad — and go with him to another dimension.
It may be jumping on the dimension-hopping bandwagon, but Coraline looks gorgeous, though. We've grown so tired of seeing everything turned into CGI explosion-fests that a film featuring stop-motion animation is a welcome throwback. Henry Selick, who did such a great job with The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach handles the directing, based on Gaiman's novel.