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Coraline: Don't take a young/sensitive child to see it.

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FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 20:34:52

Ghost children have their eyes taken away, main character kidnapped, weird spider wants to take her eyes. Her parents taken. Too weird, creepy overtones. It could give a small/sensitive child nightmares for months! I wish I hadn't gone. Story is similar to the People under the stairs. Main character even gets attacked by plants. hmm

BoysAreLikeDogs Sat 09-May-09 20:35:42

did you not check the reviews before going

fishie Sat 09-May-09 20:36:39

fluffy i am really sad that ds is too young for this. what did you expect?

nickytwotimes Sat 09-May-09 20:39:50

What certificate is it?

If it is a PG then I think it is up to you to check out the theme before hand.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 20:51:25

It's a PG. I mean I was scared, not ds! He's 10!

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 20:52:34

It would have been a 15 cert if it was not a cartoon, I felt sorry for the little ones who watched it. It was really creepy!

muffle Sat 09-May-09 20:55:07

I cacked my pants just reading the book - aged 35! I was surprised when it was made into a film aimed at children - it will probably cause millions of nightmares up and down the land.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 20:57:01

yup! me some adults included. Seriously sick undertones to the movie. Should never have been made into a child's cartoon!

janeite Sat 09-May-09 20:57:22

What about fairy tales? Coraline no worse than some of those. It is about dealing with fears and then having things be okay in the end. No worse than Grimm or Dahl!

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 21:00:39

Na, Dahl's mild compared to this. I don't remember him writing about taking a child's eyes out, swapping them with buttons and eating them! Sick!!!

mawbroon Sat 09-May-09 21:01:10

My 6.5yo mindee told me he went to see it and said it was pretty scary.

Of course he was too cool to say that he was scared.... smile

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 21:03:58

There were 3 year olds in the cinema! hmm I felt bad enough taking ds (10) to see it, I nearly took him out half way through so I he didn't have to finish watching it.

muffle Sat 09-May-09 21:04:15

actually I think it is pretty bad janeite! Of course in fairy tales children do get captured by witches or eaten by wolves but I think the fear is lessened by familiarity and knowing what will happen, and also by the context and setting. Coraline is very much about a normal girl in a normal RL setting and the details are not stock familiar ones - they are really terrifying. Although IIRC Gaiman was inspired by a fairy tale - but it is a little-known, really horrific, shudder-inducing one called the pear drum (scroll down to read it) which you will not find in most children's anthologies.

janeite Sat 09-May-09 21:06:45

Brothers Grimm

The Witches?

muffle Sat 09-May-09 21:08:18

But most children rarely read unadulterated original brothers grimm versions these days (do they?)

And in dahl terrible things happen - like in the revolting rhymes - but they are irreverent and funny which makes it a bit different. Agree the witches is a scary film though.

janeite Sat 09-May-09 21:08:18

I think that it's up to us to check out stories before sharing with our children, if they are so young. Coraline has been published a fair-while, so it shouldn't have been difficult to find out the content.

Thanks for the story link: off to have a read!

muffle Sat 09-May-09 21:10:41

I challenge you not to shudder at the end! I just read it again - and I've read it before - and literally got a chill down my spine.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 21:10:47

I've never heard of Coraline before, I didn't know it was a book.

melpomene Sat 09-May-09 21:11:04

Previous thread here

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 21:12:06

oh, thanks mel smile

squilly Sat 09-May-09 21:13:09

I think it was fabulous. I loved every minute of it and I'm sure, that as an adult with an adult's perspective, I found it MUCH scarier than DD did. She's 8 and she loved the book and the film equally.

She also loves Stardust, which is a Gaiman story.

I love the darkness of this man's stories. You should read the Graveyard. A superb dark tale.

And to be fair, every review I read before going said don't take your kids, so I went prepared to walk out if necessary...but as I say, it wasn't as scary as I'd expected and was even less so for dd.

southeastastra Sat 09-May-09 21:14:03

want to see it now!

the IMDb is a good site to check out suitability beforehand

notcitrus Sat 09-May-09 21:14:06

The book gave me nightmares and I'm in my 30s!

I love Gaiman's work usually though (NB - the Sandman graphic novels are wonderful but not for children!)

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Sat 09-May-09 21:15:02

It was FREAKY!!!! shock

KnickKnack Sat 09-May-09 21:19:08

I think it completely depends on the child. My two are 5 and 7 and have seen Nightmare Before Xmas and Corpse Bride several times. They love both and cant wait to see Coraline

I can see how many small children would be freaked out by this style of film though.

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