Whenever I’m in a bad mood, I would open my laptop and search for a nice cartoon movie. It helps me forget my problems and escape reality for a while. I was a little bit surprised and disappointed with two cartoon movies I’ve seen recently. Perhaps, it was my fault that I did not check the plot before I watched these movies but I still believe that these kind of films are not suitable for young audiences.
When Coraline feels neglected by her workaholic parents, she decided to explore their new home, an old, huge, dilapidated apartment. While exploring the house, Coraline finds a small door sealed by a brick wall. She later dreamed about the same door where a mouse woke her up and she followed it to the small door which leads to the Other World, a parallel world where everything is perfect and where her parents pay attention to her. All the people surrounding her have a more entertaining version in the Other world, however, their eyes are buttons and not real ones.
Despite of warnings from her neighbour and a black, stray cat, the only creature who can cross the other world from the real world, Coraline continues to go to the Other World at night to escape the boredom of real life. When the Other Mother invited her to live in the Other World forever, she must decide if she stays in the Other world with her perfect parents in exchange of sewing buttons on her eyes, like the eyes of everyone from the Other World. When Coraline demanded to return home, the Other Mother angrily reveals her true self. Coraline realized that the Other World is not perfect after all.
When Dj’s best friend Chowder’s ball accidentally landed on Mr. Nebbercracker’s lawn, an elderly neighbour who hates children, DJ tried to retrieve it only to be caught by their grumpy neighbour. During the confrontation, Mr. Nebbercracker, unfortunately had a heart attack and was taken away by an ambulance. Now, there are stories about the old house of Mr. Nebbercracker being haunted and while investigating the mysterious disappearance of the people who vanished outside the old house, DJ and Chowder found themselves trapped inside.
Well, they’re not as scary as a typical horror film I’ve seen but they are still creepy and I’m sure I won’t be able to stand watching these movies if I watch it as a kid. Moral lesson: Try to do a bit of research before watching a movie. It will spoil some scenes but at least you know what to expect.
*This post was retrieved from my old blog written on Jul. 1, 2013.