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Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger,  monster,  fear,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel,  texas,  woods,  bicycle,  boat,  snow,  forest
Characters:mermaid,  actress,  boy,  singer
Story:cat and mouse,  dowsing rod,  eye cut out,  knitting needle,  moving crew,  cotton candy,  moving van,  tea leaves,  disappearance of one's father,  search for parent,  theatre production,  theatre audience,  player piano,  talking cat,  pet cat,  breaking mirror,  mirror as portal,  laptop computer,  ghost child,  little boy,  stuffed toy dog,  blowing a raspberry,  well shaft,  mechanical hand,  poison oak,  skipping stone,  seashell bikini,  toy chest,  garment button,  high dive,  big top,  peeling skin,  dowsing,  lorgnette,  catalogue,  praying mantis,  old mansion,  parallel worlds,  thread,  hummingbird,  stuffed animal toy,  void,  spiderweb,  toy train,  slug,  alternate world,  wallpaper,  fortune telling,  new home,  trapeze,  milkshake,  shakespearean quotation,  walker,  lemonade,  secret door,  blue hair,  snowglobe,  horror for children,  hide and seek,  beetle,  clothing store,  spotlight,  secret passage,  bechdel test passed,  puppet animation,  game playing,  riddle,  sewing,  rainbow,  oregon,  clue,  acrobat,  michigan,  cheese,  fantasy world,  metamorphosis,  dark fantasy,  sleep,  bug,  spiral staircase,  bicycling,  old dark house,  running away,  stuffed animal,  eye,  gloves,  forename as title,  needle,  candy,  moving,  reflection,  bat,  pajamas,  cane,  pet dog,  balcony,  scene after end credits,  shadow,  fog,  parachute,  thunderstorm,  scissors,  child protagonist,  3 dimensional,  insect,  impostor,  tickling,  thunder,  corset,  stop motion animation,  cannon,  eccentric,  lifting someone into the air,  mouse,  talking animal,  cake,  grandmother grandson relationship,  fireplace,  tea,  eyeglasses,  circus,  pizza,  reference to william shakespeare,  stop motion,  sleeping,  garden,  stage,  rat,  disappearance,  pianist,  flowers,  lightning,  tent,  doll,  suitcase,  angel,  buxom,  key,  old woman,  theatre,  search,  dinner,  eating,  candle,  flashlight,  bedroom,  orphan,  death of mother,  little girl,  prayer,  piano,  neighbor,  tears,  letter,  camera,  cat,  computer,  rescue,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  dream,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  ghost,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  based on novel,  blood,  dog

Tideland (2005)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:lemonade,  fantasy world,  dark fantasy,  bug,  old dark house,  stuffed animal,  eye,  shadow,  eccentric,  talking animal,  sleeping,  doll,  suitcase,  eating,  flashlight,  orphan,  death of mother,  prayer,  piano,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  cult film,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  blood

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Frankenweenie (2012)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Locations:bicycle
Characters:boy
Story:pet cat,  little boy,  horror for children,  puppet animation,  bat,  pet dog,  3 dimensional,  thunder,  stop motion animation,  garden,  stage,  rat,  lightning,  doll,  search,  candle,  flashlight,  little girl,  neighbor,  tears,  cat,  rescue,  rain,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dog,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

The Witches (1990)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Themes:anger,  fear,  kidnapping
Locations:bicycle,  snow
Characters:boy
Story:pet cat,  little boy,  metamorphosis,  bicycling,  eye,  gloves,  candy,  lifting someone into the air,  mouse,  talking animal,  cake,  grandmother grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  stage,  disappearance,  old woman,  search,  candle,  bedroom,  orphan,  death of mother,  little girl,  tears,  cat,  rescue,  crying,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

Labyrinth (1986) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:anger,  monster,  fear,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:woods,  forest
Story:rescue,  riddle,  fantasy world,  metamorphosis,  sleep,  pet dog,  thunder,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  garden,  lightning,  tent,  search,  crying,  candle,  tears,  cat,  mirror,  rain,  dream,  song,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  dog

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La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... This is why La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:boat
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:praying mantis,  parallel worlds,  stuffed animal toy,  moving,  reflection,  balcony,  stop motion animation,  eccentric,  eyeglasses,  sleeping,  pianist,  old woman,  dinner,  bedroom,  piano,  neighbor,  letter,  mirror,  dream,  song,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  blood

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow
Characters:boy,  mermaid,  actress
Story:orphan,  theatre audience,  key,  little boy,  spotlight,  spiral staircase,  running away,  forename as title,  pet dog,  3 dimensional,  eccentric,  circus,  stage,  theatre,  search,  little girl,  tears,  camera,  cat,  rescue,  food,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:loneliness,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  boat
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:food,  bug,  candy,  scissors,  insect,  sleeping,  doll,  eating,  orphan,  death of mother,  neighbor,  tears,  letter,  camera,  cat,  rain,  song,  crying,  ghost,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  blood

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What Lies Beneath (2000) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear
Locations:boat,  snow
Story:pet cat,  laptop computer,  pet dog,  mouse,  fireplace,  tea,  garden,  rat,  key,  candle,  neighbor,  tears,  cat,  computer,  mirror,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  ghost,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  dog

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:fear,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:woods,  boat,  forest
Characters:mermaid,  boy
Story:alternate world,  fantasy world,  child protagonist,  3 dimensional,  cannon,  eccentric,  key,  search,  flashlight,  orphan,  letter,  rescue,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel,  one word title

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Music, Mystery

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself. This is why The Great Mouse Detective (1986) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Story:bat,  shadow,  thunderstorm,  mouse,  talking animal,  rat,  tears,  cat,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  dog

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The Woman In Black (2012)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:ghost child,  little boy,  wallpaper,  old dark house,  fog,  thunderstorm,  thunder,  eccentric,  fireplace,  sleeping,  doll,  key,  search,  eating,  ghost,  candle,  little girl,  tears,  letter,  rescue,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  dog

Alice In Wonderland (1951) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  surrealism
Locations:forest
Story:talking cat,  spiderweb,  secret passage,  fantasy world,  cane,  mouse,  talking animal,  cake,  tea,  garden,  flowers,  key,  tears,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel,  dog

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  monster,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:woods,  forest
Story:garden,  talking cat,  riddle,  fantasy world,  balcony,  3 dimensional,  impostor,  lifting someone into the air,  mouse,  talking animal,  cake,  flowers,  lightning,  key,  candle,  little girl,  piano,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  dog

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Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  monster,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:texas,  woods,  boat,  forest
Characters:mermaid,  boy,  singer
Story:mechanical hand,  spotlight,  eye,  cane,  shadow,  parachute,  thunderstorm,  eccentric,  circus,  tent,  key,  piano,  tears,  letter,  cat,  computer,  motorcycle,  rain,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  dog

Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death and renewal of a forest in a sequence featuring the composition, "The Firebird." This is why Fantasia 2000 (1999) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:woods,  bicycle,  boat,  snow,  forest
Story:rainbow,  bat,  pet dog,  shadow,  thunder,  mouse,  fireplace,  rat,  pianist,  lightning,  doll,  search,  little girl,  piano,  tears,  cat,  rescue,  mirror,  rain,  crying,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  dog

The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:forest,  woods,  snow
Characters:boy
Story:theatre production,  fantasy world,  dark fantasy,  shadow,  insect,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  rat,  eating,  candle,  cat,  rescue,  mirror,  food,  rain,  ghost,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  dog,  blood

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The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:texas,  woods,  bicycle,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:little boy,  moving,  shadow,  child protagonist,  insect,  thunder,  grandmother grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  sleeping,  garden,  flowers,  angel,  search,  eating,  candle,  flashlight,  prayer,  piano,  tears,  cat,  mirror,  food,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  husband wife relationship,  dog

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:woods,  snow,  forest
Characters:singer
Story:little boy,  dark fantasy,  spiral staircase,  eccentric,  talking animal,  grandmother grandson relationship,  fireplace,  reference to william shakespeare,  garden,  lightning,  search,  candle,  bedroom,  death of mother,  piano,  rescue,  mirror,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  singing,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  dog

Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006)

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. (Read More)

Locations:tunnel,  boat
Characters:boy
Story:beetle,  fantasy world,  insect,  eccentric,  mouse,  grandmother grandson relationship,  reference to william shakespeare,  sleeping,  garden,  disappearance,  key,  eating,  flashlight,  food,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  dog

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Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? This is why Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:void,  balcony,  grandmother grandson relationship,  sleeping,  eating,  flashlight,  orphan,  death of mother,  little girl,  tears,  mirror,  food,  dream,  song,  crying,  ghost,  cult film,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  blood

The Aristocats (1970)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Music

The Aristocats (1970)

Retired madame Adelaide Bonfamille enjoys the good life in her Paris villa with even classier cat Duchess and three kittens: pianist Berlioz, painter Toulouse and sanctimonious Marie. When loyal butler Edgar overhears her will leaves everything to the cats until their death, he drugs and kidnaps them. However retired army dogs make his sidecar capsize on the country. Crafty stray cat Thomas O'Malley takes them under his wing back to Paris. Edgar tries to cover his tracks and catch them at return, but more animals turn on him, from the cart horse Frou-Frou to the tame mouse Roquefort and O'Malley's jazz friends. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  surrealism
Characters:singer
Story:talking cat,  thunderstorm,  mouse,  talking animal,  disappearance,  pianist,  dinner,  piano,  cat,  rescue,  motorcycle,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  dog

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:woods,  bicycle,  snow,  forest
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:little boy,  stuffed animal toy,  cheese,  candy,  child protagonist,  pianist,  flashlight,  piano,  camera,  computer,  mirror,  rain,  song,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  singing,  photograph,  based on novel

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The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:bicycle
Story:alternate world,  dark fantasy,  spiral staircase,  shadow,  garden,  disappearance,  lightning,  angel,  candle,  death of mother,  piano,  letter,  rescue,  motorcycle,  cell phone,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  blood

The Rescuers (1977) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Rescuers (1977)

When a bottle containing a plea for help from a little girl named Penny makes its way to the Rescue Aid Society, a mouse organization in the basement of the United Nations building dedicated to the rescue and well-being of anyone in need, it is up to the brave mouse Miss Bianca and her chosen partner, the shy janitor Bernard, to rescue the girl. Searching for clues at Penny's home at Morningside Orphanage in New York City, the two mice discover that the girl has been kidnapped by the evil pawn shop owner Madame Medusa and her companion Mr. Snoops. On the back of Orville the albatross, Miss Bianca and Bernard travel to the terrifyingly gloomy Devil's Bayou where they learn the shocking truth: the innocent young girl is being forced down into a dangerous, dark underground pirate's cave where she must find the Devil's Eye, the world's largest diamond and Madame Medusa's greatest obsession. Before returning safely home, Miss Bianca, Bernard, and Penny will have to combat Madame Medusa's two ferocious pet alligators Brutus and Nero with the help of Ellie Mae and Evinrude the dragonfly, as well as survive the raging tides inside the horrible pirate's cave. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear
Story:mouse,  rescue,  spiderweb,  rainbow,  running away,  eye,  bat,  cane,  fog,  thunderstorm,  talking animal,  suitcase,  search,  orphan,  little girl,  prayer,  cat,  rain,  female protagonist,  crying,  dog

Little Women (1994)
Drama, Family, Romance

Little Women (1994)

'Louisa May Alcott' (qv)'s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world. This is why Little Women (1994) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Story:pet cat,  pet dog,  fireplace,  reference to william shakespeare,  stage,  pianist,  theatre,  dinner,  candle,  little girl,  piano,  neighbor,  tears,  letter,  cat,  female protagonist,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

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Peter Pan (1953)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:anger,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:mermaid,  boy
Story:little boy,  seashell bikini,  fantasy world,  shadow,  child protagonist,  lifting someone into the air,  orphan,  little girl,  rescue,  dream,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  dog

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle,  snow
Characters:boy
Story:pajamas,  cannon,  suitcase,  key,  old woman,  eating,  flashlight,  prayer,  neighbor,  tears,  cat,  motorcycle,  food,  rain,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  blood,  dog

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:anger,  fear
Locations:tunnel
Characters:boy
Story:little boy,  rainbow,  insect,  thunder,  lightning,  candle,  little girl,  neighbor,  camera,  mirror,  rain,  dream,  cell phone,  ghost,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger,  monster,  fear,  kidnapping,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods,  boat,  forest
Characters:mermaid
Story:little boy,  dark fantasy,  bat,  impostor,  rat,  candle,  orphan,  death of mother,  rescue,  rain,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  dog,  blood

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010)
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010)

A young girl is sent to live with her estranged father and his girlfriend at their new home. The father, Alex has plans to spruce up the home with the help of his interior decorator girlfriend, Kim. The previous owner of the home was a famous painter who mysteriously disappeared. Alex's daughter, Sally, soon discovers the cause of the painter's disappearance. This is why Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:monster,  fear
Locations:woods,  forest
Story:secret door,  spiral staircase,  old dark house,  child protagonist,  fireplace,  garden,  disappearance,  dinner,  candle,  flashlight,  little girl,  camera,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  blood

Peter Pan (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  anger,  fear
Locations:snow
Characters:mermaid,  boy
Story:sewing,  shadow,  child protagonist,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  letter,  rescue,  crying,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  dog

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The Lovely Bones (2009) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bicycle,  snow
Story:neighbor,  little boy,  stuffed animal toy,  snowglobe,  eyeglasses,  flowers,  lightning,  suitcase,  search,  eating,  candle,  flashlight,  bedroom,  little girl,  tears,  camera,  food,  rain,  dream,  crying,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  dog

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). (Read More)

Themes:monster,  kidnapping
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:fantasy world,  thunder,  grandmother grandson relationship,  lightning,  eating,  candle,  death of mother,  neighbor,  tears,  rescue,  food,  rain,  crying,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  blood

A Little Princess (1995)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  fear
Story:thunderstorm,  child protagonist,  lifting someone into the air,  mouse,  doll,  candle,  bedroom,  orphan,  little girl,  rescue,  rain,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

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Les Triplettes De Belleville (2003)
Animation, Comedy, Drama

Les Triplettes De Belleville (2003)

Madame Souza, an elderly woman, instills in her grandson Champion (for who she acts as his guardian) a love of cycling. As a young man, he does become a dedicated road racer with his grandmother as his trainer. During a mountainous leg of the Tour de France in which Champion is racing, he goes missing. Evidence points to him being kidnapped. Indeed, he and two of his competitors were kidnapped, the kidnappers who want to use the threesome's unique skills for nefarious purposes. With Champion's overweight and faithful pet dog Bruno at her side, Madame Souza goes looking for Champion. Their trek takes them overseas to the town of Belleville. Without any money, Madame Souza and Bruno are befriended and taken in by three eccentric elderly women, who were once the renowned jazz singing group The Triplets of Belleville. The triplets help Madame Souza and Bruno try to locate and rescue Champion. This is why Les Triplettes De Belleville (2003) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:bicycle
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:theatre production,  rescue,  toy train,  cane,  pet dog,  thunder,  eccentric,  grandmother grandson relationship,  pianist,  eating,  piano,  food,  rain,  dream,  song,  cult film,  singing,  dog

An American Tail (1986) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical

An American Tail (1986)

Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off.

Themes:anger
Characters:singer
Story:shakespearean quotation,  cheese,  thunderstorm,  impostor,  mouse,  talking animal,  rat,  orphan,  piano,  cat,  rain,  crying,  mother daughter relationship

The Golden Compass (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Golden Compass (2007)

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust--discovered in the vast Arctic expanse of the North--was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, 'gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle... (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping,  surrealism
Locations:texas,  boat,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:rescue,  talking cat,  orphan,  praying mantis,  clue,  fantasy world,  metamorphosis,  child protagonist,  mouse,  talking animal,  fireplace,  search,  candle,  letter,  cat,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel,  dog

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Ratatouille (2007)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ratatouille (2007)

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. (Read More)

Locations:tunnel,  bicycle,  boat
Characters:boy
Story:rat,  food,  cheese,  talking animal,  sleeping,  dream,  lightning,  old woman,  eating,  death of mother,  rescue,  motorcycle,  rain,  ghost,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  dog

Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Locations:woods,  boat,  snow,  forest
Story:hide and seek,  bechdel test passed,  stuffed animal,  scene after end credits,  shadow,  3 dimensional,  eccentric,  cake,  fireplace,  lightning,  key,  rescue,  female protagonist,  ghost,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  dog

Nim's Island (2008) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. This is why Nim's Island (2008) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:fear,  surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods,  boat,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:alternate world,  game playing,  lifting someone into the air,  lightning,  suitcase,  eating,  flashlight,  tears,  letter,  camera,  computer,  rescue,  food,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

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The Tale Of Despereaux (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Tale Of Despereaux (2008)

The tale of three unlikely heroes - a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears - whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess.

Themes:fear,  kidnapping
Story:mouse,  rat,  thread,  needle,  talking animal,  eating,  death of mother,  cat,  rescue,  dream,  character name in title,  based on novel

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear
Locations:bicycle
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:eye,  pet cat,  little boy,  metamorphosis,  bicycling,  lifting someone into the air,  mouse,  pianist,  tent,  search,  candle,  flashlight,  orphan,  little girl,  letter,  mirror,  motorcycle,  song,  crying,  singing

Son Of Rambow (2007)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods,  bicycle,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:theatre audience,  running away,  candy,  scissors,  mouse,  grandmother grandson relationship,  eating,  candle,  prayer,  tears,  camera,  rescue,  food,  dream,  crying,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  dog,  blood

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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow
Characters:singer
Story:parachute,  pizza,  flowers,  tent,  angel,  search,  eating,  flashlight,  tears,  computer,  food,  dream,  song,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  cult film,  singing,  photograph,  blood,  dog

One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)

Themes:anger,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:snow
Story:moving van,  talking cat,  pet dog,  thunderstorm,  talking animal,  fireplace,  disappearance,  lightning,  piano,  cat,  rescue,  song,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  dog

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)

The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  anger,  surrealism
Characters:actress,  singer
Story:theatre production,  theatre audience,  tickling,  cannon,  mouse,  lightning,  tent,  angel,  key,  candle,  letter,  rain,  song,  cult film,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  blood,  dog

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Fantasia (1940)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Music

Fantasia (1940)

Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness,  surrealism
Locations:forest
Story:mouse,  spiderweb,  rainbow,  reflection,  bat,  shadow,  thunderstorm,  garden,  lightning,  candle,  rescue,  mirror,  rain,  ghost,  cult film,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Inside Out (2015) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Inside Out (2015)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:moving van,  blue hair,  bechdel test passed,  running away,  moving,  3 dimensional,  pizza,  sleeping,  little girl,  tears,  cat,  female protagonist,  dream,  crying

Majo No Takkyubin (1989)
Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Majo No Takkyubin (1989)

This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she's ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she's chosen as her new home. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bicycle,  forest
Story:talking cat,  cat,  stuffed animal,  scene after end credits,  thunderstorm,  talking animal,  rescue,  cult film,  character name in title,  dog

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