The publicity is starting for the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. It’s the story of a young girl who finds a secret door and enters a fantasy world (which is why it’s often compared to Alice in Wonderland). There, she meets versions of her parents who seem better … until things turn creepy and they want to keep her.
Gaiman calls the novella, written for young readers, “the book I’m proudest of” and “the strangest book I’ve written”. (The first chapter is also available to sample at that link.) It’s also well-recognized; it won both the 2003 Hugo Award and the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella.
Earlier this summer, there was also a graphic novel version put out, illustrated by P. Craig Russell.
The movie, produced by LAIKA Entertainment, will be the first three-dimensional stop-motion animation movie. Dakota Fanning provides the voice for the title character, while Teri Hatcher (who will always be Lois Lane to me) plays her mother. It’s directed by Henry Selick (who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monkeybone, and James and the Giant Peach).
You can see featurettes about the making of the movie on Neil Gaiman’s website. There’s a Flash-heavy site dedicated to the book itself.
The movie is due in theaters February 6, 2009. At the official website, you can sign up for updates or view a feature on the “cast” — if you know the password.buttoneyes