Whenever I hear that a book I've read and enjoyed is being turned into a film, I try to watch it so I can compare the story to the film. I've always loved animated films, be it computer animation, traditional hand-drawn, or stop-motion, so when I heard that Coraline was being made into a film, I was intrigued to see how they would tell that story. I had the graphic novel, and thought the dark storyline was very well written.
I'm not usually a fan of scarier films or books (my imagination is already on overdrive 110% of the time, it doesn't need additional inspiration for finding shapes in the shadows at night or monsters hiding under my bed...good thing my mattress is on the floor...), but I do enjoy an enthralling tale and a story that can really pull the reader in.
This movie was a great combination of relatable moments (Coraline annoying her parents, or exploring the house when she's bored) with a heavy touch of twisted qualities.
Every time I rewatch it, I remember it's meant to be a "kids" movie and it surprises me all over again.
Sone of the more pivotal moments border on disturbing the more you think about them...
...if you end up watching Coraline for the first time after reading this post, I'm sure you'll never look at buttons the same way again...
While I'm more intrigued by the "Other Mother", and find her appearance especially intriguing with all of its sinister points and angles, I felt more of a connection to Coraline, and how strong she wants to come off as, even when she's afraid. It's just one of the reasons why I decided to make her costume (and let's be honest...I'd need a bit more time to do the Other Mother's costume justice).
Coraline tries to balance this sense of independence and freedom with the desire to be noticed, something I feel a lot of people relate to, no matter how they present themselves to the world.
She also has a very strong personality, and it shows through in her style. I love that the film reflects her personality in her appearance with her blue hair and matching nails - it also helps make for a recognizable character costume!
“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
(Oh, and bonus points if you have a black cat that sits long enough to take a picture with while you're in said costume! I borrowed my roommates cat for a few shots.)
This is not only a great costume (even though finding a raincoat and rain boots for an adult under $50 each seems nearly impossible - no I don't want a designer coat, I just want something yellow!) to put together, but it also makes a great Halloween movie, if you're looking for something more on the tame side of scary.
Keep checking in for more costume ideas throughout the month, and don't forget to look into Coraline if you haven't seen it before!