Top 38 Coraline Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Coraline facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Coraline film message.

The "welcome home" cake features a double loop on the O. According to Graphology, a double loop on a lower case O means that the person who wrote it is lying. There is only one double loop, meaning she is welcome but she is not home.
The "welcome home" cake features a double loop on the O. According to Graphology, a double loop on a lower case O means that the person who wrote it is lying. There is only one double loop, meaning she is welcome but she is not home.
While the Other Mother is cracking an egg, the yolk is the head of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
While the Other Mother is cracking an egg, the yolk is the head of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Coraline Trivia

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  1. When Coraline is getting ready to go to bed after not finding her parents there's an old photo that shows her with natural brown hair. This probably means she at one point dyed it to her iconic blue hair

  2. Every last outfit you see down to underwear you don't see, were hand stitched by the crew with tiny needles.

Coraline Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - This character wears a liquidator medal which was awarded to some who helped out in the chernobyl nuclear disaster (r/chernobyl)
    This character wears a liquidator medal which was awarded to some who helped out in the chernobyl nuclear disaster (r/chernobyl)
  • 1 - There are 3 pictures of the later revealed ghost children, captured by the other mother.
    There are 3 pictures of the later revealed ghost children, captured by the other mother.
  • 1 - The oven mitt the Other Mother uses on their first encounter is later used to sew Wybie's mouth shut
    The oven mitt the Other Mother uses on their first encounter is later used to sew Wybie's mouth shut

Coraline Hidden Details

1 - At the beginning of Coraline when the movers start unloading the truck, there's graffiti on the side of one of the doors that says "StopMo Rulz". This is a nod to the animators who made the film entirely in stop motion, which was Laika Studios' first venture into the genre.
At the beginning of Coraline when the movers start unloading the truck, there's graffiti on the side of one of the doors that says "StopMo Rulz". This is a nod to the animators who made the film entirely in stop motion, which was Laika Studios' first venture into the genre.
1 - The lightning bolt that appears as Coraline's Other Mother mentions rain is in the shape of a hand, which foreshadows the climax. The hand also serves as a symbol of the Other Mother's control over the Other world.
The lightning bolt that appears as Coraline's Other Mother mentions rain is in the shape of a hand, which foreshadows the climax. The hand also serves as a symbol of the Other Mother's control over the Other world.

The flowers on the trees were made of pink painted popcorns

1 - There is graffiti on the back of the moving van that says StopMo Rulz. Coraline ended up being the longest running stop-motion animation film to date.
There is graffiti on the back of the moving van that says StopMo Rulz. Coraline ended up being the longest running stop-motion animation film to date.
1 - Her Other Mother grows horns in several cuts before and after she is revealed to be evil
Her Other Mother grows horns in several cuts before and after she is revealed to be evil

The movie frequently used bugs and bug related imagery. Coralie's mother drives a Volkswagen Beetle

1 - There's a lightning strike outside the window and it looks like the other mother's hand when she's in her "true form". A moment before you see the other mother in her "normal form" tapping her hand on the table, therefore the lightning is foreshadowing to what's about to happen.
There's a lightning strike outside the window and it looks like the other mother's hand when she's in her "true form". A moment before you see the other mother in her "normal form" tapping her hand on the table, therefore the lightning is foreshadowing to what's about to happen.
1 - Her neighbors (Spink, Forcible and Mr. Bobinsky) repeatedly call her "Caroline" despite being corrected. In the Other Mother's world, Mr. Bobinsky correctly calls her Coraline because people getting her name wrong is something that bothers her, thus would be fixed in her "dream" life
Her neighbors (Spink, Forcible and Mr. Bobinsky) repeatedly call her "Caroline" despite being corrected. In the Other Mother's world, Mr. Bobinsky correctly calls her Coraline because people getting her name wrong is something that bothers her, thus would be fixed in her "dream" life

The Other Mother doesn't eat food

1 - : After using her dousing rod, Coraline stumbles upon a well surrounded by a ring of mushrooms. This is a real phenomenon known as a "fairy ring" and it was associated with witches in German tradition.
: After using her dousing rod, Coraline stumbles upon a well surrounded by a ring of mushrooms. This is a real phenomenon known as a "fairy ring" and it was associated with witches in German tradition.
1 - Mr. Bobinsky is often seen wearing the chernobyl liquidators medal (given to people who helped in the cleanup) signifying that radiation poisoning might be the cause of his weird appearance.
Mr. Bobinsky is often seen wearing the chernobyl liquidators medal (given to people who helped in the cleanup) signifying that radiation poisoning might be the cause of his weird appearance.
1 - The spinning wheel is covered in spider webs, hinting at both the Beldam's true form and the fact that it's been years since she last kidnapped someone (Wyborn's great-aunt).
The spinning wheel is covered in spider webs, hinting at both the Beldam's true form and the fact that it's been years since she last kidnapped someone (Wyborn's great-aunt).
1 - The three ghost children's profiles are on the wall in the dining room
The three ghost children's profiles are on the wall in the dining room
1 - Each piece of clothing worn by the characters was hand sewn by Althea Crome using needles the size of human hair. She went as far as stitching undergarments for the characters which wouldn't even been seen.
Each piece of clothing worn by the characters was hand sewn by Althea Crome using needles the size of human hair. She went as far as stitching undergarments for the characters which wouldn't even been seen.

On the first day Coraline enters the other world there is a brief flash of lightning in the shape of the other mother's hand in it's true form. Right before, the other mother is seen tapping her hand, thus alluding to her true form and what's going to happen.

1 - Mr Bobinsky has a Liquidator's medal, which could explain his more extreme appearance
Mr Bobinsky has a Liquidator's medal, which could explain his more extreme appearance
1 - The opening scene shows a moving crew unloading furniture. At the end, Coraline's mother presents them with a $1 tip. the face on the dollar bill is Henry Selick, the director.
The opening scene shows a moving crew unloading furniture. At the end, Coraline's mother presents them with a $1 tip. the face on the dollar bill is Henry Selick, the director.
1 - The lightning is shaped like the Other Mother's real hand.
The lightning is shaped like the Other Mother's real hand.
1 - After they go hunting for banana slugs The Cat runs down and lands on Wybie the exact moment his grandmother calls him, showing off his seemingly supernatural senses.
After they go hunting for banana slugs The Cat runs down and lands on Wybie the exact moment his grandmother calls him, showing off his seemingly supernatural senses.

Wybie mentions offhandedly that his grandmother typically never rents to people with children. This is because his grandmother knows that the beldam steals children.

1 - After Coraline and Wybie defeat the Other Mother once and for all, two clouds shaped like the Other Mother's hand are seen disintegrating over the moon.
After Coraline and Wybie defeat the Other Mother once and for all, two clouds shaped like the Other Mother's hand are seen disintegrating over the moon.
1 - The room that eventually becomes the bug room at the end of the movie has small, easy-to-miss bugs as the wallpaper
The room that eventually becomes the bug room at the end of the movie has small, easy-to-miss bugs as the wallpaper

The Other Father's song contains several double entendres.

When Coraline first experiences the other world, her Other Father has orange slippers while her Real Father has blue slippers. Orange and Blue are contrary colors

1 - All the clothing was made with tiny needles
All the clothing was made with tiny needles

Coraline's mother refuses to buy her some gloves with her new school uniform. A child playing in the background yells, "my kingdom for a horse!". This symbolizes the final straw of Coraline returning to the other world.

1 - The three portraits in the dining room, could be in reference to the other three children who the Mother had already stolen their souls from before Coraline moved into the Pink Palace.
The three portraits in the dining room, could be in reference to the other three children who the Mother had already stolen their souls from before Coraline moved into the Pink Palace.
1 - The Other Mother is never eating during the dinner scenes and her plate is always empty - sorry for poor quality picture
The Other Mother is never eating during the dinner scenes and her plate is always empty - sorry for poor quality picture
1 - The "welcome home" cake features a double loop on the O. According to Graphology, a double loop on a lower case O means that the person who wrote it is lying. There is only one double loop, meaning she is welcome but she is not home.
The "welcome home" cake features a double loop on the O. According to Graphology, a double loop on a lower case O means that the person who wrote it is lying. There is only one double loop, meaning she is welcome but she is not home.

Some of the plants in the Other Father's garden seem to be based on real carnivorous plants

Coraline poster
Coraline poster

Coraline Plot

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Coraline. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Director Henry Selick
Stars Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
IMDB score 7.7