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Coraline moves into an old house and starts to explore.
During her explorations, she discovers a weird door with a brick wall behind it.
That's about all the excitement, though: Coraline's parents and neighbors tend to ignore her and she's just plain bored most of the time.
One day, Coraline goes through that strange door and ends up in another world, where she meets her "other mother" and "other father."
In this new world, her other parents and neighbors pay a lot of attention to her. Her other mother even makes her some super delicious food.
Just one problem: the other world is weird and totally scary. Example: everyone there has black buttons for eyes. You get the idea.
Coraline decides to head home, but when she gets back to the real world, her parents have disappeared: they've been kidnapped by the other mother.
She knows what she has to do: Coraline returns to the other world to rescue her real parents.
While she's there, she meets three ghost children who have been trapped in the other world for years. Now she wants to save them, too.
Coraline decides to challenge the other mother to a game. The rules go like this: if Coraline can't find the children's souls and her parents, she'll stay in the other world forever. If Coraline wins, though, they all get to go free.
After some close calls, Coraline manages to find all the kids' souls and her parents.
But, being a totally evil villain, the other mother won't let her leave.
Too bad, other mother: Coraline makes a run for it with her new feline friend, and – whew – makes it home.
It turns out the other mother's hand has followed her back to the real world, but don't worry: Coraline has something up her sleeve.
She lures the other mother's hand to a deep well and gets it to fall right in. Ta-da!
Finally, the adventure is over: Coraline has definitely saved the day.