Book Vs Movie (Replay)
Neil Gaiman’s Classic Novella Vs the Henry Selick Film
What would you do if your mother and father all of a sudden became entirely different (and scary) people? Coraline Jones is a young English girl who moves to an old house that is filled with interesting characters (such as Miss Spink, Miss Forcible and Mr. Bobo,) loving (yet kind of absent) parents and a bricked-up door leading to an adventure which tests the might and ingenuity of our heroine. (Spoiler–we really love this book & movie here!)
Coraline, written by illustrious author Neil Gaiman, was originally published in 2002 though he had been working on it since the 1980s in honor of his daughters Holly & Maddy. In fact, he originally sent to his editor in 1991 who deemed the theme “too scary” for kids. Thankfully, Gaiman kept working on it and the novel was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2003. (The graphic novel featuring illustrations by P. Craig Russell is a real treat as well!)
Director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas and James & the Giant Peach) helmed the 2009 film which was nominated as Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards. A visual feast for the eyes, the movie Coraline takes the tale to a whole other level.
So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!
Also, we are SO lucky to have Penguin Books sponsor this episode! The Margos are thrilled to be asked to talk about author Ransom Riggs’ newest “Miss Peregrine’s story”–A Map of Days which you can pre-order now! (It goes on sale October 2, 2018.) This is the fourth novel in the series and lead character Jacob Portman’s life in the United States is the setting for this newest adventure. Be sure to pre-order your copy today!
In this ep the Margos discuss :
- The incredible career of Neil Gaiman who is a master of short fiction, novels, comics, graphic novels, radio and movies (Whew! When does this man rest?)
- Key changes in the adaptation including setting it in America and the character of “Wybie Lovat.”
- The various forms of Coraline including the novel, graphic novel, audiobook read by the author and featuring music by The Gothic Archies.
- The cast of voices including Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, and Keith David.
- Plus, Neil Gaiman’s current plethora of projects, movie trivia and more!
- Neil Gaiman reading from Coraline plus music from The Gothic Archies
- Coraline trailer
- Coraline (Dakota Fanning) meets her Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and Other Father (John Hodgman)
- Coraline’s mother turns evil
- Outro Music: Coraline soundtrack “End Credits” by Bruno Coulais
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