Coraline (film)

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Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion 3-D horror-fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name about a young girl who finds a secret door into another world, which at first seems to be a much better version of her life, but things soon turn dangerous.

Directed by Henry Selick. Written by Henry Selick (screenplay) and Neil Gaiman (book).
Be Careful What You Wish For.(taglines)

Other Mother[edit]

  • I thought we'd play a game.
  • Dearest Coraline, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible have invited you downstairs after lunch. I hope you like the new outfit I made you. Love, Mother.
  • They say even the proudest spirit can be broken, with love.
  • Is that any way to talk to your mother?
  • You may come out when you've learned to be a loving daughter.
  • Coraline, how dare you disobey your mother!?
  • Darling, why would you run away from me?
  • You know I love you.
  • You're wrong, Coraline. They aren't there. Now you're going to stay here forever.
  • No! Where are you?! YOU SELFISH BRAT!
  • YOU DARE DISOBEY YOUR MOTHER!? [Coraline kicks her in the face]


  • Other Father: [praying] We give our thanks and ask to bless out mother's golden chicken breast.
  • April Spink: Oh, Caroline. Caroline, Caroline, Caroline. You are in terrible danger.
  • Cat: You probably think this world is a dream come true… but you're wrong.
  • Dragonflies: What's wrong, Coraline? Don't you wanna play?
  • Octopus Toy: Yeah! I wanna hug your face!
  • Giraffe Toy: Get a grip, soldier!
  • Friends in the Photo: Hey! Where's your buttons, Loper? You wanna stay, don't ya?
  • Ghost Boy: Bless you, miss. You found me! But there's two eyes still lost.
  • Tall Ghost Girl: Hurry on, girl. Her web is unwinding.
  • Sweet Ghost Girl: Be clever, Miss. Even if you win, she'll never let you go.
  • Tall Ghost Girl: You're in terrible danger, girl!


Wybie: Well, great to meet a Michigan water witch, but I'd wear gloves next time.
Coraline: Why?
Wybie: 'Cause that dowsing rod of yours, it's poison oak.

Coraline: I almost fell down a well yesterday, Mom.
Mel: [unconcerned] Uh-huh.
Coraline: I could've died.
Mel: That's nice.
Coraline: Hmm. So, can I go out? I think it's perfect weather for gardening.
Mel: No, Coraline. Rain makes mud. Mud makes a mess.
Coraline: But, Mom, I want stuff growing when my friends come to visit. Isn't that why we moved here?
Mel: Something like that. But then we had the accident.
Coraline: It wasn't my fault you hit that truck.
Mel: I never said it was.
Coraline: I can't believe it. You and Dad get paid to write about plants, and you hate dirt.
Mel: Coraline, I don't have time for you right now, and you still have unpacking to do. Lots of unpacking.
Coraline: [sarcastically] That sounds exciting.

Coraline: [groans in disgust as she slides her dinner plate away from her] Why don't you ever cook, Mom?
Mel: Coraline, we've been through this before. You dad cooks, I clean, and you stay out of the way. I swear I'll go food shopping soon as we finish the catalog. [slides Coraline's dinner plate back to her] Try some of the chard. You need a vegetable.
Coraline: It looks more like slime to me.
Charlie: Well, it's slime or bedtime, fuss pot. Now what's it's gonna be?
Coraline: [to her doll-self] Think they're trying to poison me?

[Coraline talks to her parents about her dream in the kitchen while having breakfast]
Coraline: It was incredibly real, Mom. Only you weren't really you. You were my other mother.
Mel: Buttons for eyes, huh? Coraline, you only dreamed you ate all that chicken. Take your multivitamin, at least.
Coraline: You were in the dream too, Dad. You had wild looking pajamas and orange monkey slippers.
Charlie: [chuckling] Orange? My monkey slippers are blue. Psst! Do you think you can get me some of that magic mud? 'cause I have a terrible case of writer's rash, on my…
Mel: [clears throat] If the real Charlie Jones wants his pages edited, he better wrap them up ASAP. [Charlie leaves] Coraline, why don't you go visit downstairs? I bet those "actresses" would love to hear your dream.
Coraline: Miss Spink and Forcible? But you said they're dingbats.

Mr. Bobinsky: Hey, Caroline! [speaking Russian] Wait! The mice asked me to give you message.
Coraline: The jumping mice?
Mr. Bobinsky: They are saying, "Do not go through little door." Do you know such a thing?
Coraline: The one behind the wallpaper? But it's all bricked up.
Mr. Bobinsky: Ah. So sorry, is nothing. Sometimes mice are little mixed up. They even get your name wrong, you know? They call you "Coraline" instead of "Caroline." Not "Caroline" at all! Maybe I work them too hard.

April Spink: Miriam, really, you're holding it wrong. See? Danger.
Coraline: What do you see?
April Spink: I see a very peculiar hand.
Miriam Forcible: I see a giraffe.
April Spink: Giraffes don't just fall from the sky, Miriam.

Wybie: You know, I've never been inside the Pink Palace.
Coraline: You're kidding.
Wybie: Grandma'd kill me. Thinks it's dangerous or something.
Coraline: Dangerous?
Wybie: Well, she had a twin sister.
Coraline: So?
Wybie: When they were kids, Grandma's sister disappeared. She said she was stolen.
Coraline: Stolen? Well, what do you think?
Wybie: I don't know. Maybe she just ran away.

[Coraline finds some nice looking orange gloves while Mel buys some school uniforms for her school]
Mel: Put them back.
Coraline: But, Mom, the whole school's gonna wear boring gray clothes. No one will have these.
Mel: Put them back.
Coraline: My other mother would get them.
Mel: Maybe she should buy all your clothes.

Other Forcible: What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason!
Other Spink: How infinite in faculty! In form and moving, how express and admirable!
Other Forcible: In action, like an angel!
Other Spink: In apprehension, how like a god!
Other Forcible: [pulls Coraline out of her seat as she screams] The beauty of the world!
Other Spink: The paragon of animals!

Other Mother: They say even the proudest spirit can be broken with love. [A bug chair scoops up Coraline and brings her to her] Of course, chocolate never hurts. [takes a candy box from the servant bug, opens it, revealing nine Cocoa Beetles] Like one? They're Cocoa Beetles from Zanzibar. [takes a beetle out of the box and bites the head off, making Coraline feel grossed out]
Coraline: I want to be with my real mom and dad. I want you to let me go!
Other Mother: [throws her Cocoa Beetle away] Is that any way to talk to your mother?
Coraline: You aren't my mother.
Other Mother: Apologize at [stares deadly at her; sharply] once, Coraline!
Coraline: [stares back at her; bravely] NO!
Other Mother: I'll give you to the count of three. One... [starts growing taller] Two... [grows a little more taller and a little scarier] THREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! [grabs Coraline by the nose]
Coraline: Ow! What are you doing?! Ow, that hurts!
Other Mother: [drags Coraline down the hallway to the mirror and shoves her through it] You may come out when you've learned to be a loving daughter.

Coraline: [pulls the blanket, revealing three ghost children sitting on the bed] Who are you?
Ghost Boy: Don't remember our names. But I member my true mommy.
Coraline: Why are you all here?
Ghost Children: The beldam.
Sweet Ghost Girl: She spied on our lives through the little doll's eyes.
Ghost Boy: And saw that we weren't happy.
Tall Ghost Girl: So she lured us away with treasures.
Ghost Boy: And treats.
Sweet Ghost Girl: And games to play.
Ghost Boy: Gave all that we asked.
Sweet Ghost Girl: Yet we still wanted more.
Tall Ghost Girl: So we let her sew the buttons.
Ghost Boy: She said that she loved us.
Tall Ghost Girl: But she locked us here.
Ghost Children: And ate up our lives.
Coraline: Well, she can't keep in the dark forever. Not if she wants to win my life. Beating her is my only chance.
Sweet Ghost Girl: Perhaps, if you do win your escape, you could find our eyes.
Coraline: Has she taken those, too?
Sweet Ghost Girl: Yes, miss. And hidden them.
Ghost Boy: Find our eyes, mistress, and our souls will be freed.
Coraline: I… I'll try.

[Coraline drags Wybie upstairs to her room and enter before she starts searching around for the doll]
Coraline: Where are you hiding, you little monster?
Wybie: You and grandma been talking?
Coraline: [searching around] The doll's her spy. It's how she watches you, finds out what's wrong with your life.
Wybie: The doll is my grandma's spy?
Coraline: No. The other mother. She's got this whole world where everything's better. The food, the garden, the… the neighbors. But it's all a trap.
Wybie: Yeah. I think I heard someone calling me, Jonesy.
Coraline: Don't believe me? You can ask the cat!
Wybie: The cat. I'll just tell grandma that you couldn't find the doll. [Coraline angrily throws her show at him, hitting him in the back of his head] Ow!
Coraline: You're not LISTENING TO ME!
Wybie: That's 'cause you're crazy! [runs quickly down the stairs to the front door, screaming, as Coraline angrily chases after him, screaming in frustration]
Coraline: You creep!
Wybie: Crazy!

April Spink: [handing Coraline the seeing stone] There you go, sweetie.
Coraline: What's it for?
April Spink: Well, it might help. They're good for bad things sometimes.
Miriam Forcible: No. They're good for lost things.
April Spink: It's bad things, Miriam.
Miriam Forcible: Lost things, April.
April Spink: Bad.
Miriam Forcible: Lost.
April Spink: [whispers] Bad things.
Miriam Forcible: Lost.
April Spink: Bad.
Miriam Forcible: Lost.
April Spink: Bad.
Miriam Forcible: Lost.
April Spink: Bad.
Miriam Forcible: Lost!

Ghost Boy: Bless you, miss. You found me! But there's two eyes still lost.
Coraline: Don't worry. I'm getting the hang of it.

Coraline picks up the flashlight to search a finding ghost eye as they can be see up there dog turn bat sensitive as they turn on the light as Coraline climbed on the stage and look to second ghost eye inside the candy as they can see it throw in there as Coraline put the flashlight in purse and she grab her out the taffy hand as Coraline open the hand can be see the second ghost eye was in the pearl]
Coraline: The pearl. [takes it but grabs her as she screams when a twisted taffy monster of Spink and Forcible comes to life as the candy]
Other Forcible Monster: Thief! Give it back! Give it back! Thief!
Other Spink Monster: Give it back!
Other Forcible Monster: Thief! Give it back! Thief! Thief! Give it back! Thief!
[Coraline uses the flashlight to wake bat sensitive dog up]
Other Forcible: Give it back! Thief!
Other Spink: Give it back! Thief!
[Coraline throws the flashlight and wake bat sensitive dog and flying wing to attack her]
Other Taffy Monsters: Thief! Stop! Stop! Thief!
[Coraline dodges and bat sensitive dog flying through and destroy taffy monster]
Other Taffy Forcible: (Last words) Thief! Stop!
[Coraline gets the second ghost eye and free the hand as taffy monster and the bats turn into the stone thanks to Coraline's success for the second eye]
Tall Ghost Girl: Hurry on, girl. Her web is unwinding.

Coraline: [enraged yelling] EVIL WITCH! I'M NOT SCARED!!!

Other Bobinsky: (Pops behind Coraline) Hello, galoobooshka.
Coraline: I'm Coraline.
Other Bobinsky: Is this what you're looking for? (Rolls out the third eye out of his sleeve)
Coraline: Uh-huh.
Other Bobinsky: You think winning game is good thing? You'll just go home and be bored and neglected, same as always. Stay here with us. We will listen to you and laugh with you. (Falls out of wood beam and rolls into the circus tent as Coraline follows him) If you stay here, you can have whatever you want. Always!
Coraline: You don't get it, do you?
Other Bobinsky: I don't understand.
Coraline: Of course you don't understand. You're just a copy she made of the real Mr. B.
Other Bobinsky: (Last words) Not even that anymore. (Coraline takes off his hat to reveal rats inside his clothes)

(Coraline can be see the cat and she caught mouse on last ghost ball)
Cat: I think I mentioned that I don't like rats at the best of times.
Coraline: I think you might have said something like that.
Cat: It looked like you need this one, however.
Coraline: Thank you.
(Coraline picks it up on the last ghost eye which causes the other house and the rest of the world into stone)
Coraline: I'm heading inside. I still have to find my parents.
(Full eye button moon was last and now they have freezing apart other world falling and destruction and the other world was falling apart)
Coraline: Come on, quickly!

Other Mother:'re back. And you brought vermin with you.
Coraline: No I brought a friend.
Other Mother: You know I love you.
Coraline: Well you have a very funny way of showing it.
Other Mother: So where are they? The ghost eyes?
Coraline: Hold on. We aren't finished yet. Are we?
Other Mother: No, I suppose not. After all, you still need to find your old parents, don't you? Too bad you won't have this. (throw's the seeing stone in the fireplace and it melts)
Sweet Ghost Girl: Be clever, miss. Even if you win, she'll never let you go!
Coraline: I already know where you've hidden them.
Other Mother: Well, produce them.
Coraline: They're behind that door.
Other Mother: Oh, they are, are they?

Other Mother: [unlocks the door] You're wrong, Coraline. They aren't there. [opens the door] Now, you're going to stay here forever.
Coraline: No… I'm… NOT! [throws the cat at the Other Mother's face]

Sweet Ghost Girl: It's a fine, fine thing you did for us, miss.
Coraline: Well, I'm glad it's finally over.
Sweet Ghost Girl: It is over and done with for us.
Coraline: What about me?
Tall Ghost Girl: You're in terrible danger, girl!
Coraline: But how?! I locked the door!
Sweet Ghost Girl: It's the key, miss. There's only one, and the beldam will find it.
Ghost Boy: 'Tain't all bad, miss. Thou art alive. Thou art still living.

Wybie: I'm really sorry I didn't believe you about all this evil stuff, Coraline.
Coraline: Why did you change your mind?
Wybie: Well, Grandma showed me this picture after I called you crazy. [takes out and shows Coraline an old photo of his twin grandmas as kids] It's her and her sister, before she disappeared.
Coraline: The Sweet Ghost Girl.

Coraline: [walking up to Spink and Forcible, holding a tray of pink lemonade] Thanks for helping me, Miss Spink, Miss Forcible.
Miriam Forcible: Oh, look, April. Pink ladies!
Coraline: Actually, it's just lemonade. How's Angus doing?
April Spink: Oh, much better, dear, but he can't duck his wings forever.

Grandma Lovat: Wyborne, I know where I'm going. I grew up here.
Coraline: Welcome, Miss Lovat!
Grandma Lovat: Oh! Hello.
Coraline: [last lines] I'm Coraline Jones. I've got so much to tell you.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • An Adventure Too Weird For Words.
  • Oh. My. God.


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