"An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets."
"What we are shown is a world through a tiny door in the wall of an old triple-segmented home. There are stories about this door used to explain the disappearances of some local children, including the sister of loudmouthed and shy Wybie Lovat's grandmother. Only a weathered black cat appears to know what is going on, what the too good to be true farce beyond the door is actually masking behind it. This cat can travel between worlds and therefore knows it all, allowing him to warn Coraline by orchestrating events via those she encounters. A disgruntled child is easily malleable and fooled when doted upon and given sweets and a smile. The mantra "never talk to strangers" is never more applicable than it is here. With something a tad off-kilter in the fantasy world, Coraline finds herself shaking it off and relishing the opportunity to experience all that she had dreamed of, not knowing that if her parents succeed with their new gardening catalog, those dreams will be fulfilled in reality."
(above taken from here).
I watched this movie recently, and thought it was fantastic. Not necessarily one for young children, though a great one for older children and those of us who are kids at heart. The children who watch it would need to be able to know the difference between the reality on TV and reality in general though, or sleepless nights for parents, grandparents, or other guardians may follow. Still, if you are old enough to appreciate that difference, then I highly recommend this movie.