When she moves to a new house, an adventurous young girl finds a secret door that leads to a parallel world which seems to be an idealized version of her own. However, it soon reveals itself to have sinister secrets.
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People use to ostracize this movie for being too frightful for kids, but guess what? Animation is not just for kids! Coming from the hands of Henry Selick and Neil Gaiman, this movie has everything from adventure, horror, thriller, humour, suspense, surrealism and so on... brilliantly stop-motion animated with beautiful settings and engaging characters.
Selick separates from Burton's producing and manages to get even creepier and more visually whimsical than Burton on a good day. I am no longer enchanted by Gaiman's parallel universe narrative structure but the spidery funhouse that results is well worth the time -- and the animation is gorgeous. Here is hoping Selick continues on this madness and makes something even more adult someday. --PolarisDiB
I am a fool for stories that involve "evil" presenting an illusion of being "good", or better than good, because this is generally how i think about these kinds of things. this was even more fascinating, I felt, with the "evil one" being manifested in a spider, weaving her web of deception. Brilliant! Well done.
The music the music the music the music the music! AHHH! Soo good and creepy and atmospherically frightening.
The animation is fantastic and the characters completely come to life with tremendous vocal performances.
Some interesting dark and trippy touches to the animation, but despite that it felt tired. I guess I'm just sick of the extremely distracted and inattentive parent and the precocious young girl stock characters.