Monday, February 09, 2009

What a Weekend.

Henry has been begging to go see Coraline since we saw the first preview months and months ago, so when it finally came out on Friday we were first in line to get our 3-D glasses. I love Neil Gaiman and Henry loves Tim Burton (he has watched Nightmare Before Christmas about a zillion times and did fine with Corpse Bride) so I thought it would be fine. While the movie was a visual stunner and the art direction was amazing, the story line was simultaniously too slow and too scary for Henry. He was freaked right out by the whole thing. When we left the theater he said "I wish I hadn't made that decision to see Coraline". No nightmares yet, though, so I guess it wasn't too traumatic.

A bunch of other stuff happened, but we haven't had good pictures in a while, so let's get on with the show here.

In the middle of weekend craziness I finished up Carrie's super girly girl Monster Booty longies. She had some Cestari Super Fine Merino dyed in a custom colorway and I knit it up with a tiny beaded heart detail around the bottom of the legs.

I know I promised a pre-Valentine's stocking but it looks like it may be much smaller than I was hoping for. I am planning on doing it on Friday, so we'll see how much I can get done by then.


Carrie said...

OMG, Amy, those are FANTASTIC! I can't wait to get them and try them on Annalisse! YAY!!!

Chavaleh said...

Tim Burton had nothing to do with Coraline. Not a thing. He only produced and wrote Nightmare Before Christmas. Both were directed by Henry Selick (who also did James and the Giant Peach).

It was definitely an older kid/adult movie. I took a group of 9/10 year olds and my younger daughter who is 8. Some of the scariest scenes were a bit too intense for her but the older girls loved it.

I suspect it will end up being considered a classic.

crankypantsknits. said...

No, I know Tim Burton didn't have anything to do with it. From the previews it seemed to have a similar sensibility. I was using him as an example of how Henry can usually handle things that are a bit macabre, that's all.

Chavaleh said...

I keep seeing it referred to as being Tim Burton's movie, even in newspaper reviews! I had to explain to someone over the weekend that Burton didn't direct it or Nightmare Before Christmas. :)

It was certainly more scary that macabre I think, but that's my opinion. I hope he doesn't have nightmares! I think the book had a touch more humor in it than the film.

crankypantsknits. said...

Nah, he was scared at the time but he hasn't said anything negative about it since. Every time the trailer comes on he gets excited, so I think he forgot how scared he was.

Kira said...

I loved Coraline! I think I have a new obsession with buttons as a result.

The only part I thought wasn't appropriate for kids was that practically naked large chested old lady that was supposed to be "dressed" like Bottecelli's Birth of Venus. I found that to be the most disturbing part.

Of course, I think as adults, we notice things that kids kind of gloss over.

crankypantsknits. said...

Henry was fine until Coraline went looking for the ghost childrens' eyes. It got too scary for him after that.