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Trailer Probe : Coraline
© Joe Crowe
November 25, 2008

Items of geekity interest should be only two minutes long, because trailers make us laugh. They make us cry. They work so hard to make us happy.

Trailer Probe rates the geek explosion content, how much our cortex is combusted with a volley of geekitude, and dork disengagement level is reasons you won't dig it.


Geek explosion content: "I'm your other mother, silly."

Teri Hatcher's voice bores into my soul and scares the bee-jabbers out of me.

She's OK in this movie, too.

The book is good. We like the book. The story of a little girl who finds out a fantasy world has a dark side is a tale as old and timeless as Pretty Woman or even Dirty Dancing.

Ian McShane, who said cuss words in Deadwood is in it, too!

Dork disengagement level: Sure, the movie could have done something original instead of looking and feeling just like Nightmare Before Christmas. But Nightmare was good.

Where are the Danny Elfman sounds? There can be no creepy-sweet movie without kids singing "la -- la -- la."

In case we forgot who Henry Selick was, or never heard his name before, he gets name-dropped twice. But Neil Gaiman, from whose handsome brain the book was made, is never mentioned.

But that's OK. Gaiman still smells good.

Geek explosion level: 700,000. This looks like Nightmare Before Christmas style creepy-sweet, also known as "sweepy."

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