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Episode 22: Coraline – Don’t Doubt the Dowser

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The Rotoscopers kick off their spooky animated film month (aka October) by tackling LAIKA’s Coraline.


  • News: 13th International Computer Graphics Conference in Turin, Italy; Help us Plan our #Bestof2012 show!
  • New segment: “Catch and Fire” with Mason, “Rotoscopers make you choose!”
  • Audio book synopsis
  • Main discussion: Coraline
  • Studio Spotlight: Laika vs. Laika House
  • “From the makers of Nightmare Before Christmas…” = False advertising?
  • Not going to be fun and happy the whole time
  • Michigan water witch; what’s with the well?; Chelsea has dowse doubts
  • Characters: Dakota Fanning is “one of the gems or our generation”
  • Be careful what you name your children
  • Why Wybie? Should we like him? Morgan’s “Real-life Wybie”
  • The real parents vs. the “Other Parents” (aka the animated version Stepford Wives)
  • How Laika does amazing stop motion. “Captivating”
  • First impressions: genuinely creepy; parents beware!; not for kids
  • Major difference between the real life and the ‘other life’ is the gravy train
  • The Pink Palace: Coraline’s new house and odd neighbors
  • Chelsea’s rant: She’s all out of “nice”
  • Video games? Why?!…and what’s up with the cat?
  • Similarities to Alice in Wonderland and Spirited Away 
  • ParaNorman’s blatant theme vs. Coraline’s deep thinker
  • Meaning of the button eyes?
  • Mason’s theory: Is it really a happy ending?
  • Fun quotes & listener responses
  • We rate it! 3 & 4 stars
  • Bloopers: No tangents guys, yoyos & groovin’

Runtime: 1:13:00, 35.0 MB


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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.