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rotting doll.
Today I received a rather mysterious box.  It is old, wooden and worn. 



This is a treasure chest from the good folks at Laika, the creators of the film Coraline.  Based on the novella by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is an animated stop-motion delight hitting theatres in February 2009.  Put that on your calenders now, because it's going to be good!




A photo of the box in better lighting.  It's about 2" by 12".

I apologize now for the blurry photos; I have very unsteady hands, I fear.  I may try to take better photos later this week, but I know you wanted to see this box as soon as possible!  I couldn't wait to tear into it! 


#5 of 50.

Only 50 boxes like this one were created!  I'm dying to see the rest of them; at the bottom of the page I've linked the boxes 'discovered' so far.  As of this report, four other recipients have posted their boxes online.

Moving on...



Tada!

My mother always told me the first thing you should do when opening a gift is read the card, so I opened up the envelope (very carefully, so I wouldn't ruin the seal) to read the note.


Quote above the seal: 
"The Other Mother looked healthier than before: there was a little blush to her cheeks and her hair was wriggling like snakes on a warm day."
- Chapt. VIII



The letter.

The text of the letter is as follows:
DEAR SUZI,
SINCE ANCIENT TIMES, STRANGERS WHO WORK ON FEATURE FILMS HAVE SENT STRANGERS WITH GREAT WEBSITES MYSTERIOUS GIFTS IN THE HOPE THAT THEY CAN CONNECT OVER A MUTUAL INTEREST AND COME TO LOVE EACH OTHER.  SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT RECEIVING RANDOM GIFTS FROM STRANGERS IN THE MAIL IS ILLICIT.  NOT WHEN THE GIFTS ARE AWESOME, RIGHT?

INSIDE THIS OLD BOX IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND COLLECTION WE'VE AMASSED AND CATALOGED WITH YOU AND YOU ALONE IN MIND.

WHY?  WE AT LAIKA ARE NEARING COMPLETION OF CORALINE, OUR FIRST FULL-LENGTH ANIMATED FILM.  FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, 351 OF THE WORLD'S ODDEST AND MOST TALENTED ANIMATORS, ARTISANS, AND PUPPET FABRICATORS HAVE BEEN HAND-MAKING ONE MOVIE.  LED BY HENRY SELICK, THE DIRECTOR OF THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THIS TEAM HAS CREATED THE FIRST STOP-MOTION FEATURE SHOT IN 3D.  BASED ON THE BELOVED BEST-SELLING CHILDREN'S CLASSIC BY NEIL GAIMAN, CORALINE IS A FAIRY-TALE NIGHTMARE STEEPED IN CLASSIC STORYTELLING, CRAFTSMANSHIP, AND THE OLD-FASHIONED ART OF MOVIEMAKING MAGIC.  THAT MEANS EVERYTHING IS HANDMADE.  EVERY LEAF, DRAWER PULL, AND ROAST TURKEY.  EVEN THE RUSTY SHOWER WATER.

THE PLAIN TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WE ARE PRETTY OBSESSED WITH NEIL GAIMAN.  LIKE YOU.  NO SHAME THERE.  THAT'S WHY WE ADMIRE FASHION-PIRANHA.  IT'S WISE.  IT'S SENSITIVE.  WE LIKE YOUR POINT OF VIEW AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE WRITING YOU.  IT CARRIES BEHIND IT A REAL SENSE OF THOUGHTFULNESS TOWARD THE TENETS OF STORYTELLING THAT WE AND NEIL SHARE.  NEIL'S BEEN TO THE SET OF OUR MOVIE AND EACH VISIT HAS BEEN INSPIRING.  WE'VE TRIED VERY HARD TO KEEP TRUE TO HIS MAGICAL VISION.  PLEASE KEEP UP THE SUPER WORK.  WE'LL BE READING.

CORALINE IS COMING OUT THIS FEBRUARY.  IF WE HAVE GUESSED CORRECTLY THAT YOU ARE A CURIOUS PERSON WITH ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, PERHAPS YOU'LL LOOK FOR MORE COOL THINGS ABOUT THIS FILM.  THIS IS NOT A SECRET WE HOPE YOU WON'T WANT TO SHARE.  ANDSO, WE SAY THANKYOU FOR YOUR TIME, ENJOY, AND HELLO.

SINCERELY,
THE CORALINE TEAM

BUILDING MOVIES BY HAND IN PORTLAND, OREGON
(983 MILES FROM HOLLYWOOD)


 
 Waaaaaaaaaaaay too awesome!  Let's explore!
 
The lid of the box.


Close-up of the photo.
 
Lovely photograph of the Other Mother cooking in the kitchen, and the film director's lovely autograph.  Henry Selick, you have a very nice signature.




Inside the box

What the french toast are those blobby things?  Is this perhaps the thought in your head?  It was definitely my reaction when I opened the box, so I poked the one furthest to the left.  It was rather squishy and foamy.  These are the torsos of the Other Mother!  The wavy bit on the top is the collar of her dress, and on each side there's a hole in the body to attach the arms.  When you think about it, what a perfect thing to send me.  How could a Fashion Piranha NOT love dismembered torsos and fabric swatches?




Nekkid.

These plain torsos seem fresh out of the mold - the one on the right hasn't be trimmed of leftover material.  It is not as delightfully squishy as the lighter-colored torso.



Checks never go out of style.

The checkered pattern is just painted onto the torso, and on the left are some fabric swatches that helped inspire the pattern.  The smaller pieces of cloth are slightly shiny because of their satin weave.  (Oh trivia.) 



A production still from the movie.

One of the torsos in action!



The key to the kingdom.

At the bottom of the box was a small, old-fashioned key with a tag attached.  It is this key that I pass on to you!  Go to Coraline.com and enter the password "puppetlove" to watch a short video of Henry Selick describing the relationship between the puppets and the film creators.  There are several more passwords which will let you see a variety of vignettes:

stopmotion
buttoneyes
moustachio
puppetlove
armpithair
sweaterxxs

"sweaterxxs" is my favorite by far - it focuses on the knitted garments Coraline and other characters wear.  Each one is created by hand using the tiniest little knitting needles!




Thank you for exploring my box with me!  Each one is different, so be sure to check them all out! 



The Coraline Mystery Boxes
#1  -  Rio @ Tomopop.com ("collectible toy culture")
#2  -  Sara @ Diary of a Fangirl (fandom/fangirl blog)
#3  - Carl @ Stainless Steel Droppings (Books + personal journal)
#5  - 
Suzi @ Fashionista Piranha (book blog)
#6  -  Wendy @ WendyKnits (knitting blog)
#7  -  Lauren @ Knitters for Neil on Ravelry (knitting group)
#8  -  Amy @ Knitty Blog (knitting blog)
#9  -  Mike @ Darkmatters (art blog)
#10 - M Flem Jr. @ StopMotion Magic (art/film blog)
#11 - Emmy @ Emmyymme (stop motion animation)
#13 -
Peter @ Slashfilm.com (film blog)
#14 - Eve @ Geeksofdoom.com (comic books blog)
#15 - Charley @ Lines and Colors (visual arts blog)
#22 -
John @ Toycutter.com (custom/cool toys blog)
#23 - ToyrsREvil (toy community)
#24 -
Despoiler @ Despoiler.org ("anonymous posting of information" blog)
#29 - Bonnie @ Heroine Sheik (sex/gender/tech/culture/vid. games blog)
#33 -
Cleolinda (personal blog)
#34 - Miss Addams @ VampireFreaks (must register to view pictures)
#37 - Stephen @ AnimationArchive.org (animation museum/blog)
#39 - zero @ Halloweentown (pics don't work for me; I hope they do for you) (Nightmare Before Christmas forum)
#46 -
Brazillia @ The Kreep (Gothic poetry/illustration)

Plus, Neil Gaiman has posted his own Coraline box (not included in the original 50) here.



First time visitors to Fashionista Piranha, welcome!
 

Comments

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aradawn
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
This is SO COOL. Wow.
ghd_iv_styler
Jun. 26th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I need to retweet this to my twitter.
pith
Nov. 24th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Clearly, I need to get a proper blog going so I can get sweet swag too! :)

Awesome box!
ianawi
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
clearly! i had no idea of the perks!!
anita_drink
Nov. 24th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
That's FANTASTIC!
I don't think I've ever said this before, but I have BOX ENVY!!!
fashion_piranha
Nov. 24th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's better than...package envy.
bookishruth.com
Nov. 24th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
What a treasure! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures. This is fantastic!
senuneheti
Nov. 24th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
That's better than Christmas. Seriously. *melts*
jeannietran
Nov. 24th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
How awesome! You know, I think Brian's brother works at Laika. I wonder if he knew anything about this. It would be a cool coincidence. I think he works in lighting.

Also, I'm apparently 13 years old because I giggled when you wrote "Thank you for exploring my box with me!"
anya_silverfur
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Very, very neat.

I so would love to get a suprise like that.
smsbookreviews.blogspot.com
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
That is so cool! Congrats!
ianawi
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
OMG THAT is AMAZING
tsarina
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Amazing!
nkicroft
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
oh neat!! checking out the website now...

on a random note, i have an old key just like that one! :D
aftercancernowwhat.wordpress.com
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
OMG
That is so freaking amazing! I can't even let my husband see this, he'd sell the kids for something like that!
unhipster
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
That's awesome! I'm so jealous!
mamaursula
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
That is simply the most freaking awesome thing I have ever seen. Congratulations!
the_kestral
Nov. 25th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
:O WOWWWWWW how totally cool :O
(Anonymous)
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Awsome!...
jeannietran
Nov. 25th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Holy crap, the sweater lady is AMAZING.
pattirose4
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
that is totally amazing - you lucky girl!
bloodkitty
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
how amazing!
the boxen, and the team for taking the time to make & send those!!!
'-D

thanks for sharing the contents, links & all the passwords!
*squeee*
(Anonymous)
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've got one to share!
I'm happy to have found you. I received a box yesterday. #2 of 50 - you can check it out here at http://kissthelibrarian.wordpress.com. I'm dying to see them all! Thanks for sharing your's!

Sara
spookycookie27
Nov. 25th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
This is pretty damn awesome!
xicanti
Nov. 26th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
That is by far the best package I've ever heard of anyone, anywhere, receiving. Wow!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 27th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
So! Freaking! Jealous!

But really, how do you get such great stuff to give away? Do you just request it, do you buy it? I'd love to give more stuff away on my book blog, but I have no idea where to start :P

velocibadgergirl
http://velocibadgergirl.blogspot.com
lady_nerwen
Nov. 27th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
You're so incredibly lucky! O__O

Thank you so much for sharing with us... *hugs*
mememememeee
Nov. 27th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Right now you are the luckiest person I know!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
(Anonymous)
Nov. 28th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
from Dawn at SheIsTooFondOfBooks.com
This is incredible! I've never seen anything like it ... thanks so much for posting all the pictures and descriptions!
melacynthe
Nov. 28th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
*Wants it*

I wandered over to peek after Neil Gaiman linked you from his blog :)
silverandmint
Nov. 29th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
more!
these boxes are all so awesome!

here's a link to someone who is following them and links to a few more: http://jspake.blogspot.com/2008/11/mysteries.html
semi_hitokiri
Nov. 30th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
WOW! That is amazing!! Congratulations!! :D

I would've screamed if I ever received such a wonderful box. I like how it's really unique too.
carl_v
Dec. 16th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
These are incredibly cool, aren't they. I am super excited for you and know just how thrilled you are because I too received one of the boxes. Here is a link to my post:

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/?p=1028
thekreep.wordpress.com
Dec. 20th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
46/50 Mystery Box Very Kreepy
Congrats all! Just a note to say that I received "Coraline" Mystery Box No. 46!

in e†ernity,
Brazillia R. Kreep
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Interview with Henry Selick and Travis Knight
This may be of interest. ..

Coraline Feature on WK Radio: An interview with Henry Selick and Travis Knight. Friday, Feb. 6th 10am

Coraline, a new film directed by Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare before Christmas), opens Friday, Feb. 6th. It is the first animated feature film from Laika, the cutting edge collective of designers and filmmakers run by Travis Knight (son of Nike founder Phil Knight). Coraline is based on the popular children’s book by Neil Gaiman, a fairytale / nightmare story about a young girl who finds a passage way to an alternate reality in her home.

Ketzel Levine (of NPR) interviews Henry Selick and Travis Knight for WK Radio.

Tune in www.wk.com/radio
Friday, Feb. 6th 10am
laurentfashion
Jun. 27th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
Beautiful.
xanayalupu
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Dear Suzy, you're the luckiest girl in the world to get such a rare collectible box. Even if the plain torsos "seem fresh out of the mold" (so they haven't been used during production) I'm sure they are exact copies of the other mother torso.
Cufflink
fashion_piranha
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) It's a delightful box, and I still treasure it!
(Anonymous)
May. 16th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Well.. Wow?

So durnnk...
Eeeer

Latert
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