Put simply, Henry Selick’s Coraline (out on DVD yesterday) was one of the greatest visual experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater. Not to mention that its story was thoroughly engaging and effectively creepy and suspenseful. Selick’s film actually is the first which shows a real generational leap beyond the stop motion animation achievements of The Nightmare Before Christmas which had until now, in my experience, onlybeen paralleled (in The Corpse Bride) but not by surpassed. Coraline takes stop motion animation to a whole new level of imagination and convincingness in my experience—in no small part due to the use of digital 3D.
I have no idea whether the film’s full effect will be possible on the small screen or whether the ability to fully immerse in an alternate universe will be hindered by the lack of theatrical, big screen immersion, but I still wholeheartedly recommend you try if you haven’t yet.
There are plenty of videos about the fascinating process of making the film on the film’s youtube channel.