I don’t usually post about my comings and goings over the weekend, because well… I just don’t think them to be ‘blog worthy’.
This must be the exception. I just had the privilege of watching Coraline this weekend, and was at a loss for words. I believe it to be the most amazing, animated, visual, and creative motion picture experience in this medium I have ever seen.
There wasn’t a detail missed, there wasn’t a cliche left unchanged, it was just simply breathtaking.
The characters, environments, and overall art direction were all perfected to be delightfully uncomfortable. Everything was cared for painstakingly to come together feeling effortless and wondrous.
I haven’t felt this way about animation, except after watching one of Hayao Miyazaki‘s films. Henry Selick has now joined Miyazaki in my category. He might have even surpassed him with just this one masterpiece. Although The Nightmare Before Christmas (directed by Selick, produced by Tim Burton) might be equal in execution, it is not of the same caliber regarding the story and does not have the attention to details Coraline possesses to tell that story. Even still, with both of these films on his belt, I’m waiting for the next release under his own studio.