I've never really been a fan of "stop motion" animation. It's hard to say whether or not I would have enjoyed The Nightmare Before Christmas if it had been made using traditional or computer animation, but there is something about it that I don't like and I felt the same way throughout Coraline.
The whole movie was lacking the vibrancy and a sense of urgency that you can find in, what I consider, the really great animated films. There was no climax because there was never any real sense of dread. G rated films are traditionally stress free, but Coraline is a PG rated family film so there really should have been something on the line for someone and while there was for Coraline, there wasn't for me. I could not care less about what was happening in the real world of the movie or in the world through the door behind the wallpaper. When conflict arose between the parallel dimensions, my initial reaction was to look at the time to see how much longer the movie would be.
Coraline is in 3D at select theatres and I didn't see it at one of those locations. While it's definitely possible that it would enhance the experience, I'm not sure that it can improve it enough to warrant a recommendation. It's too drawn out with a yawn inducing score accompanying it's monotonous storyline. Save your cash.
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