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The Other Mother. She's got this whole world where everything's better. The food, the garden, the neighbors. But it's all a trap.
~ Coraline explaining the beldam to Wybie.
You're NOT my mother!
~ Coraline to the Other Mother, aka the Beldam.

Coraline Jones is the titular main protagonist of Laika's 2nd full-length animated feature film of the same first name, which was based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman.

She was voiced by Dakota Fanning.



Coraline is an 11-year-old girl who moved with her parents to a new town in Oregon at the beginning of the film. She at first does not like her new home but soon learns to be content with it after her time in the Other World dimension.


She is an 11-year-old girl who comes with her parents into a new town (somewhere in Oregon in the movie), but she has only complaints to make about this change of home. The house needs to be renovated, the sky is always cloudy, the neighbors are old and eccentric (the only kid around is Wybie, who annoys her) and her parents are so busy with the moving and their jobs that Coraline is feeling alone, bored, and unhappy.

Powers and Abilities

Mental abilities

  • Resourcefulness: she came self-prepared, even taking her clippers and using anything she had as a weapon.
  • Intelligence: Coraline is a fast learner: first, she knew she could rile up the dog-bats with her flashlight, and figured out how to fool the Beldam into unlocking the door for her.
  • Cunning: she easily tricked the Beldam to coming to the door and unlocking it while she found the snow globe with her parents inside.
  • Argumentation: she often had arguments with her real mother and even made a valid point about her hating dirt.

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength: she broke a mirror out of rage and despite the Beldam overpowering her, she had some strength to slow her down.
  • Speed: she was agile enough to avoid the grasshopper tractor attacking her and was able to quickly lock the door before the Beldam could bust the other one open.


One night, she discovers a secret door in the house, which leads to another world. This place looks exactly like her own, with two differences: everybody has buttons instead of eyes, and overall the apartment is a much better place to live in.

Coraline has lots of fun in the other world, despite the warnings of a mysterious cat (who can talk in the magical world) among other characters.

However, she soon discovers that the Other Mother does not actually love her and wishes to devour her life and trap her soul like she had already done to three other children, the Other Father and the other residents of the Other World are in fact her slave creations, and all these amazing things the other world has are just a trick to lure her.

Eventually, Coraline manages to escape with Other Wybie's assistance (at the cost of his life). However, she discovers the Other Mother has kidnapped her parents. So, Coraline asks her if she could participate in a scavenger hunt of the Ghost Children as per the black cat's suggestion to win the deal.

After realizing that the Other Mother doesn't honor the bargain regardless of whether she wins the game or not, she has the Black Cat help her escape. Once the Beldam is locked out of Coraline's world, Coraline then tosses the key down the well, but not without a fight with the Beldam's severed hand.


  • Coraline is currently the only central/titular character in a Laika production to be female; all other female protagonists in Laika productions are supporting characters.
  • Coraline is left-handed, as shown when she's exploring the house and when at the dinner table.
  • In the book, Coraline had brown hair while in the movie, her hair is blue.
  • Taylor Momsen, AnnaSophia Robb, Emily Osment, Abigail Breslin, Miranda Crosgrove, Spencer Locke. Maia Mitchell, and Emma Watson were all considered to voice Coraline Jones before Dakota Fanning was cast.


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Animated Features
Coraline: Coraline Jones | The Cat | Wybie Lovat | Other Father | Other Wybie
ParaNorman: Norman Babcock | Courtney Babcock | Neil Downe | Mitch Downe | Alvin | Judge Hopkins
The Boxtrolls: Eggs | Boxtrolls (Fish) | Winnie Portley-Rind | Lord Portley-Rind | Herbert Trubshaw
Kubo and the Two Strings: Kubo | Monkey | Beetle
Missing Link: Sir Lionel Frost | Mr. Link | Adelina Fortnight

Corpse Bride: Victor Van Dort | Emily | Victoria Everglot | Land of the Dead (Scraps, Bonejangles, Maggot, Black Widow & Elder Gutknecht) | Tears to Shed