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2009, Focus Features, 100 min, USA, Dir: Henry Selick

Based on the award-winning book by Neil Gaiman, this Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated hit from director Henry Selick (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) is a remarkably effective fusion of kids movie and horror film. When young Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a passageway to a parallel universe in her new home, what at first seems like the ideal world for the adventurous girl turns out to contain dark secrets and sinister intentions. Costarring Teri Hatcher, and featuring a score by Bruno Coulais that greatly enhances the often-creepy atmosphere

1993, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 76 min, USA, Dir: Henry Selick

Two holidays collide as Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town and decides he’d like to play Santa for a change - but with ghosts, ghouls and goblins helping him, Christmas turns more scary than merry. Tim Burton co-produced and wrote the story (based on characters he’d dreamed up while a Disney animator a decade earlier), and his charmingly creepy sensibility oozes from every frame of this wildly imaginative stop-motion fantasy. Featuring the voice talents of Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara.

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