Hi b members!




Mike here. This year I went to see a really cool animated movie back in the
UK called ‘Coraline’.




‘Coraline’ is a stop-motion animated film based on the novel ‘Coraline’ by
Neil Gaiman, and it is similar to the style used in ‘The Nightmare Before
Christmas’ – I’m sure that you have all heard of this movie as I know that
it’s huge in Japan! ‘Coraline’ has been a huge hit in the UK and America
and has received rave review, one source gave it an 88% rating! The films
features the voices of Dakota Fanning (I am Sam, War of the Worlds) as
Coraline , Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) as the Other Mother/
Coraline’s mother, Dawn French (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban/The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) and
Jennifer Saunders (Shrek 2) as Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible and Ian McShane
(The Golden Compass) as Mr. Bobinsky.

『コラライン』は、『コララインとボタンの魔女』というニール・ゲイマンの小説を元にしたストップ・モーション・アニメーション(コマ撮りした映像をつなぎ合わせたアニメーション)映画で、『ナイトメアー・ビフォア・クリスマス』と似たスタイルの映画なんだ。 この『ナイトメアー・ビフォア・クリスマス』は日本でも大人気だった映画だからきっと皆も知ってるよね。『コラライン』はイギリスやアメリカで大ヒットして、映画関係者からも大絶賛されたんだ
。この映画には、コラライン役で『I am Sam』や『War of the Worlds』に出ていたダコタ・ファニング、コララインの母親や他の母親役として『デスパレートな妻たち』のテリー・ハッチャー、『ハリーポッターとアズカバンの囚人』や『ナルニア国物語~ライオンと魔女~』のドーン・フレンチと『シュレック2』のジェニファー・サウンダースがスピンク役やフォーシブル役で、そしてボビンスキー役では『ライラの冒険 黄金の羅針盤』のイアン・マクシェーンが声優として出演しているんだよ。



Coraline – The Story
Coraline Jones, a young and inquisitive girl with short, blue hair, moves
to a small, rural apartment called ‘The Pink Palace’ with her mother and
father. Although she is excited and curious about her new home she feels
largely rejected and isolated by her parents who are too busy with their
work to spend real time with their daughter. In an effort to curtail
her boredom, Coraline sets off to explore her surroundings and on the way
befriends an unusual boy named ‘Wybie’ with whom she quickly forms a
‘love-hate’ relationship. Also, she meets her neighbours two retired
actresses, Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible, who live together with their doted
upon dogs, Mr. Bobinsky – an eccentric Russian ex-acrobat who claims to be
training mice to play music and dance in his amazing circus, and a nameless
black cat.

コラライン・ジョーンズは青くて短い髪をした好奇心旺盛な少女。両親と一緒に"The Pink Palace"と呼ばれる小さな田舎のアパートに引っ越してきた。彼女は新しい家に興味深々でワクワクしていたが、仕事で忙しく、娘との時間を過ごすことができない両親に対して、孤独を感じていた。



During her adventures Coraline discovers a magical door hidden away in one of the walls of her apartment. The door opens to a passageway which leads to the ‘other world’. In this ‘other world’ things are mirrored to Coraline’s own world (her apartment is exactly the same) except that it is
much more cheerful and warmer than her own. In this world she meets her ‘Other Mother’ and ‘Other Father’ who look exactly the same as her real parents except that they have buttons sewn into their eyes. These other parents dote on Coraline and are much kinder to her – singing songs,
enjoying delicious food and playing games with their ‘daughter’. Although, when Coraline goes to bed in the ‘other world’ she awakens back in her own world.

コララインが家中を探検していると、一箇所の壁に魔法のドアが隠されているのを発見した。そのドアは“別の世界”へと導く廊下に通じていた。この”別の世界”は、アパートも彼女のアパートと全く同じで、より陽気で暖かいことを除けば、コララインの本当の世界とそっくりだった。この”別の世界“で、彼女は” 別の母親”と“別の父親”に会う。彼らがボタンでできた目を持つことを除けば本当の世界のコララインの両親とそっくりだったのだ。“別の世界”の両親は、コララインを溺愛し、歌を歌ったり、美味しい食事を楽しんだり、ゲームをしたりと、本当の両親よりもとっても優しかった。でも、コララインが“別の世界” で眠りにつき、次に目覚めたときは本当の世界に戻ってしまっていた。



After many attempts to convince her real parents about the existence of the ‘other world’ Coraline returns to her room dejected. However, at night time the door opens again and Coraline returns each night to the other world to enjoy adventures with her other parents, watch a theatre performance by the ‘other Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible’ and to see the ‘other Mr. Bobinsky’s’ amazing mouse circus.




Coraline enjoys spending time in the ‘other world’ so much that she asks her ‘other mother’ if she can stay. Delighted, her ‘other mother’ agrees but only on the condition that Coraline sews buttons into her eyes. Scared, Coraline tries to escape but is stopped by her ‘other mother’! It is then that Coraline realises that the ‘other world’ is not as nice as it seems and her real adventure to escape her terrifying prison begins…





‘Coraline’ Review:
My first impression of ‘Coraline’ is that it is an amazingly put together film. The colours are vivid and really bring the characters to life and (in the case of the 3D version) literally off the screen! I went to see this movie with my sister in 3D and we were astounded by the quality of the effects – we literally felt like we were in the movie! I read that years of effort went into the making of this film and you can certainly see that when you watch it. Small things like the way Coraline purses her lips when she is thinking to the subtle insect-like movements of the ‘other mother’s’ limbs. If you are not blown away like I was at the animation you will certainly be sucked in by the clever story. Neil Gaiman put a lot of thought and imagination into this movie, and in some ways I see it paralleling some of the great stories like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’.





However, ‘Coraline’ is not just a pretty movie. Some scenes in the film are a little scary and, although I was not bothered by them, some very small children may find them a little creepy. That is not to say that this is a horror movie (it’s definitely not!) but it is much darker and deals with stronger themes than it’s cousin, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.




All in all I’d give this movie 4 out of 5 for a brilliant piece of art but being a little heavy going for the smaller kids. If you enjoy beautiful animation, a heart pounding story line or if you just want to feel like a child again go and see ‘Coraline’ when it is released in Japan soon – you won’t be disappointed!





Inside scoop

Apparently ‘Coraline’ involved the efforts of over 450 people in order to
bring the movie to life, one person was even hired to knit the character’s
individual pieces of clothing needles as thin as a strand of human hair!



One Point English Lesson

To have a thing for something



In this scene the black cat is giving Coraline some advice about escaping
from the ‘other mother’:



Cat: You realise you're going right into her trap.


Coraline: They're my parents!


Cat: Challenge her, then! She has a ‘thing’ for games. She won't be able to



have a thing for ~ I am obsessed by/ I really enjoy doing something.

"have a thing for"は「~に取り付かれている」、「~をすることが大好き」という意味だよ。


When you enjoy an activity, or if you have a particular hobby that you do a
lot we can use the expression I have a thing for. In the above quote, the
black cat that ‘She (‘the other mother’) has a thing for games’ – this
means that she can’t resist playing games and likes them very much.

何かをすることを楽しむときや特別な趣味を持っているときは、"I have a thing for"の表現を使うことが出来るよ。
上記の引用文”She(別のお母さん)has a thing for games"は「彼女はゲームをすることが大好きで我慢できない」という意味になるんだ。


I really enjoy photography and eating sashimi with lots of wasabi, so I
might say something like:


‘I have a thing for photography. I spend a lot of time taking photos around


‘I don’t know why but I just have a thing for putting lots of wasabi on my



What do you have a thing for?Thanks for reading my movie blog and I hope you enjoy watching ‘Coraline’






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