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Today in Movie History: February 6

Henry Selick is best known as the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and we won’t dispute that film’s status as a beloved classic. But his adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is easily in the same league, and has aged just as well. It tells the story of a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who wishes her parents were more interesting… and in true ironic-twist fashion gets exactly what she asks for. The animation is charming, the voicework top notch, and the results carry Gaiman’s distinctive vision while still belonging demonstrably to the one-of-a-kind director. Coraline opened today in 2009.

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