Coraline was set free into the world last weekend, and I have to admit, it was something of an event for me. I've had a real interest in stop-motion for the last year or so, and this last month especially has been an adventure of puppet projects. Being able to see something so lovingly made and masterfully executed as Coraline is both encouraging and wildly inspirational for me. There is something truly magical about bringing tangible objects to life like this; it so articulately represents what I love about animation and why I'd want to pursue something so difficult. Coraline made me remember what it's like to be a kid filled with wonderment, and that's a pretty amazing feeling to be able to give someone.
Weiden + Kennedy have a blog displaying all of the promotional materials they created for the film, and it's a special kind of awesome. They did an amazing job of extending the movie's atmosphere into the real world. Be sure to check out the official site they put together if you haven't already. I remember a time when people would pay good money to explore stuff like this. What really stood out to me were all of the 2-minute documentaries in the theater room. They play up the esoteric nature of each artists' skill in such a charming way, one can see how that personality is channeled into the characters of the film.