26
Feb
09

The Darkly Beautiful Soundtrack to Coraline

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So the most important thing you have to do today is go see Coraline in 3D. Really. If you haven’t seen it yet you should really get on that. I’ve seen it twice in theaters now and I will probably be back for round three soon. Then when you get home from the theater you should buy the soundtrack.

Let me just list off a few reasons why this movie is amazing:

  • It has the same director as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick
  • It is in 3-D, and the 3-D effect is used to enhance the story, rather than serve as a gimmick to pack theater seats.
  • Was shot in stop motion using puppets

Coraline nails the dark and gruesome imagination that so many children have– the bug squishing, banana slug hunting, making-up-scary-stories part of childhood that gets lost in the saccharine worlds of most children’s programming. This movie is DARK.

When the movie started I was completely captivated by its visual richness (as well as the 3-D glasses) that I almost didn’t notice the score at all. Then about 15 minutes in during the scene where Coraline is exploring the house, I realized that the music underlying the film was totally mesmerizing.  I bought the soundtrack this weekend and have had it on repeat nonstop ever since.

Scored by French composer Bruno Coulais, it features the Children’s Choir of Nice and the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. They Might Be Giants also have 1 song on the soundtrack, the ‘Other Father Song.’

“Fantastic Garden” – feel that upright bass:

“Mechanical Lullaby” from the opening credits:

–DJ Rex Manning Day

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