Monday, February 09, 2009

stop me

My friend Barbara just sent me this link I have to share with you.

Now I don't think I've been to the movies since Dr. S was about six months old and slept through a matinee of Me and You and Everyone We Know. But I may have to see Coraline in the theater. And no, S can't come along this time; Todd took her to see Despereaux a few months ago and she was terrified, so there's no way she's up for the level of scariness here (and there's obviously no way she would sleep through it anymore, either).

I'm going to see it because of the costumes. Yes, I know it's a stop-action film, which makes the costumes draw seem really weird. I realize I should see it for all the other aspects that make it amazing. For example, the incredible level of detail demonstrated in this fascinating article about the making of the film. Wow.

But read this article about the teeny, tiny sweaters and tell me you're not completely fascinated by the wardrobe aspect, too? Here's the short film about Althea Crome, the woman who knitted the sweaters. Amazing.

Now me, I'm already in love with the yellow raincoat. Which, as it happens, coincides with my starting to think about fall patterns. I desperately want to do a jacket or raincoat, and the rain slicker makes me want to do one even more.

By the way, knitters, did you catch that link to the free sweater pattern download for normal-sized humans? So cute.


  1. Has Dr. S. seen My Neighbor Totoro? That is our new favorite movie around here. You will want to preview it, because there are a couple questionable moments depending on the sensitivity of the child, but my 5 year old and 2 year old both adore it. As do I. And come to think of it, this is just a little foreshadowing for something I will post to your Flickr group hopefully sooner rather than later.

  2. don't be stopped - its definitely worth seeing! I am going back to watch the links you posted, but I noticed the insane levels of detail and was very impressed. Plus the story is great! And Im often a hard sell on animated movies.

  3. Did you happen to catch Althea's pieces at the Radical Lace and Subversive knitting show? Pretty amazing

  4. Cricket, I love that film! Thanks for the reminder. We'll try it sometime soon.

    And Sew Nancy, I loved that show but can't remember Althea's work in it. Remind me?

  5. No kidding! I'm dying to see this for the clothes, too. (I also loved the little dutch mouse clothing in Desperaux:) )

  6. oh don't tease! Fall patterns already? I'm still awaiting spring.

  7. I loved this movie so, SO much! Watching all of the how-it's-made videos afterward was a blast as well.

  8. I saw it two days after it opened. i loved it. it was not in a 3d theater, so i may go see it again in 3d. the costumes are amazing. i even like the soundtrack.
    i can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  9. OH! Wouldn't a rainslicker be wonderful!! Will it be a design that would be appropriate for using oil cloth (coated fabric)?

  10. First time to read this blog, but when I noticed Coraline, I had to stop.

    My Son in law worked on this film. He removed the rigging on some of the puppets, and was also responsible for some of the smoke and steam, especially in the kitchen cooking scenes. It was so cool to see his name in the credits at the end.

    I never go to animated movies, but of course had to see this one.
    WOW, I loved it!

    I did see it in 3D, and it was awesome! If anyone can, GO SEE IT SOON, like in the next day or so, because there are not many theaters that have 3D, and some other movies are going to bump the 3D version very soon.