Coraline script
Coraline (2009)
Synopsis: While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

HEAD CREDIT SEQUENCE MYSTERIOUS SEWING ROOM - NIGHT,

A HAUNTING LULLABY plays against a black, star-pricked

sky when something appears in the distance. A BUTTON-EYED

DOLL floats towards CAMERA, through the open window of a

small sewing room where it lands in a pair of WAITING

HANDS, hands that are made of SEWING NEEDLES.

The doll - which resembles a YOUNG BLACK GIRL in old-

fashioned clothes, hair fixed with ribbons and braids -

is placed on a sewing table. An elaborate sewing kit is

opened, and, in flickering green light, the NEEDLE-HANDS

go to work. The doll's old clothes are cut away; button-

eyes torn off; hair pulled out. The doll’s stuffing is

removed and then the empty cloth body is pulled inside

out, turning from NUT BROWN to PALE PINK.

Sawdust is poured in the NEW DOLL's mouth; facial

features added; blue yarn hair punched in; and then a

fresh pair of shiny black button eyes is selected from a

button drawer.

The transformed doll, in a LITTLE YELLOW RAINCOAT, its

new button eyes affixed, is released out the window and

BACK INTO THE NIGHT.

LAST HEAD CREDIT APPEARS, THEN FADES.

EXT PINK PALACE, ASHLAND OREGON - DAY

WIDE ANGLE on a rambling old Queen Anne-style house with

tacked-on outside stairs. It's late winter, the sky a

damp, grey sponge. A SIGN in the foreground reads "Pink

Palace, Apartment for Rent".

MR. BOBINSKY - a seven-foot-tall blue-skinned man -

performs calisthenics on the rooftop, counting in

Russian.

MR. BOBINSKY

Dras, dva, tri, chetyri.

Dras, dva, tri, chetyri.

Dras, dva, tri ...

A BEEPING SOUND begins and he pauses. A tired MOVING VAN

backs into frame and up the muddy driveway. A VW BEETLE -

suitcases roped to its top - recklessly passes the truck

and disappears around the side of the house. Bobinsky

shakes his fist angrily after the car and shouts:

MR. BOBINSKY (CONT’D)

Mer-sa-vich!

He marches away indignantly. One of the MOVERS, unseen in

the truck, speaks to his companion.

MOVER 2 (O.C.)

We're here. Time to muscle up.

ANGLE ON moving truck's REAR DOORS as they're wrenched

open by two men - MOVER 1, tall and bear-shaped, and

MOVER 2, built like a brick top - to reveal a lot of

BOXES and BEAT-UP FURNITURE.

They haul out the LOADING RAMP towards CAMERA.

NEW ANGLE, EXTERIOR STAIRS to BASEMENT FLAT. APRIL SPINK,

a rotund little old English lady with bad legs, surveys

the MOVERS as they pass by her chair-lift with boxes and

furniture. The old gal can't wait to tell her flat mate

below about the young, strapping men.

MOVER 2 (CONT’D)

(efforts)

Got it? Almost there, just a few more.

Come on, now, LIFT.

ANGLE ON FRONT PORCH. The job finished, Mover 2 heads

down the front steps while Mover 1 waits for a signature

from the unseen-but-for-his-hands new tenant. Papers

signed, a tip of a single, grubby dollar bill is placed

in the outstretched hand of the disappointed mover, and

the door is shut.

EXT HOUSE, REAR VIEW - SAME

ANGLE from BACK YARD. Hiding behind shrubs, WE SHARE the

POV of a MYSTERIOUS SPY. With a CLICK, a close-up lens is

rotated into place to better see the movers quietly pack

into the truck and drive away. A MANGY BLACK CAT walks

right in front of the lens and looks at us with concern.

OFF-SCREEN, a door bangs open. WE FOLLOW the cat as it

races up a tree and out a branch towards the BACK PORCH

to investigate.

CORALINE JONES, 11, steps onto the porch in a YELLOW

RAINCOAT with a shoulder bag. WE - SPY’S POV - CLICK to a

CLOSE-UP to find this new tenant has BLUE HAIR and a

skeptical face.

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Henry Selick

Henry Selick (born November 30, 1952) is an American stop motion director, producer and writer who is best known for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Coraline. He studied at the Program in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts, under the guidance of Jules Engel. more…

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