Posted: 02/27/2009


Is Coraline Too Scary? A Five-Year-Old’s Opinion


by Neko Pilarcik

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There’s been a bit of controversy going on about whether Coraline might be too dark or scary for younger audiences. As I’m no longer part of said demographic I’m in no position to comment on that, to do so would simply be me imposing my own preconceptions about the maturity and intelligence of children onto the subject and therefore utterly useless. So instead I decided to go right to the source and ask my five-year-old almost-niece, Lucia Tellez, what she thought.

Neko Pilarcik: What did you think of the movie?

Lucy Tellez: The little girl saw a big girl and it was her Other Mother. And I liked the movie.

NP: What was your favorite part?

: When the cat helped the little girl out, that was a good part.

NP: Where there any scary parts?

LT: The scariest part was when the little girl lost her family.

NP: But she got them back right?

LT: Yeah, she got them back and that was good. But it scared me when she lost her family.

NP: Do you think it’s too scary for little kids?

LT: At some points yeah, but I liked the movie.

NP: So is it okay for kids your age to see?

LT: Yeah.

According to Lucy’s mom there were some parts that where a bit more than they were expecting. During the climax of the movie Lucy was sitting in her mom’s lap whimpering, she figures if Lucy were a couple years older it would have been fine. She noticed there were a lot of 7 and 8 year olds there who laughed their heads off. While Lucy enjoyed much of the movie the scary parts where a bit too intense for a five-year-old.

Neko Pilarcik Is a freelance animator and illustrator living in Chicago. She recently directed the animated short The Three Artists which screened at Cannes in 2008.

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