Coraline parents guide


Overall C

Coraline (voice of Dakota Fanning) thinks she has found a place where all her dreams have come true when she opens a secret door she discovers in her new home. But the more time she spends in the magical world of this parallel universe, the more nightmarish it becomes.

Violence C
Sexual Content C+
Profanity B+
Substance Use B+

Why is Coraline rated PG? The MPAA rated Coraline PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.

Run Time: 110 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Coraline rated PG? Coraline is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.

The fantastical world of Coraline is filled with eccentric characters, frightening scenes and moments of peril for the young heroine. A stuffed doll serves as a spy from another dimension. Coraline crawls through a secret door into this other world where the characters have button eyes and morph into grotesquely distorted figures. Dead pets are stuffed and displayed on shelves in their owners’ home. A cat catches and kills a rat. Mice run up and out of a person’s sleeve. A girl is thrown in a dungeon where ghost-like figures of children appear. Characters are chased by a spider-like claw, fall over the edge of a deep well, are hit by a motorcycle, and pretend to eat slugs. Adults are captured and imprisoned. Other characters morph into frightening, distorted versions of themselves. An amply endowed woman is seen wearing only tiny pasties on her bosom and a skimpy bikini bottom. An unclothed man drives a tractor-like contraption through a garden. A painting depicts partial nudity. The script contains infrequent terms of Deity and depictions of crude bodily functions.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG May Frighten Young Children.
Alberta PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children.
Manitoba PG Frightening Scenes.
Ontario G Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "Coraline"

Cast and Crew

Coraline is directed by and stars Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Coraline movie is July 21, 2009. Here are some details…

Release Date: 21 July 2009

Coraline enters the alternate universe of the home video market on DVD and Blu-ray. Both formats offer the theatrical 2D and 3D versions of the animation (along with some 3D glasses to use at home).

The DVD edition of Coraline provides audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French and Spanish), and subtitles in English, SDH, French and Spanish. The disc also comes with an audio commentary by Director Henry Selick and Composer Bruno Coulais.

The 2-Disc Blu-ray edition of Coraline has audio tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1(English) and DTS 5.1 Surround (French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, SDH, French and Spanish. Bonus materials include:

- Deleted Scenes

- Audio Commentary (with Director Henry Selick and Composer Bruno Coulais)

- Featurettes (The Making of Coraline, Voicing the Character and Creepy Coraline)

- BD Live Features (My Scenes Sharing and The World According to Henry)

- Interactive D-Box

- U Control (Picture in Picture, Picture in Picture Animatic and Tours and Voice Sessions)

Related home video titles:

Secret studies and hidden doors are the entry points into unknown worlds for other inquisitive children who discover these passages in the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Spiderwick Chronicles. The film MirrorMask tells the tale of another young lady who becomes entangles in a parallel world. This movie is directed by Henry Selick, who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas.