A little while ago I received in the mail this seemingly cute little colorful box from an unfamiliar sender. Turns out it contains two buttons which, should I decide to cross over into my "Other Mother"'s world, would have to replace my real eyes. Creepy! Included in the package is also a typed-up note from my "Other Mother," explaining that she's made this box by hand, just like she hand-made a whole world for Coraline, the lead character in the freaky stop-motion movie Coraline which opens next Friday. Anyone who's ever wished for a better life has an Other Mother who will provide a lovely, perfect life — as long as you promise to stay with her forever.
It's a pretty neat gimmick, I gotta say. The stop-motion movie includes all kinds of amazing, miniature handmade things and having seen the film it's truly a breathtaking experience to watch it — particularly in 3-D. It's also creepy and sometimes downright frightening, so receiving this real-life little box from my "Other Mother" is appropriately spooky.
Apparently 50 different handmade Coraline packages were sent out to a bunch of bloggers and you can see a whole rundown of different mysterious-looking Coraline boxes here. Below you can peruse the photos of my particular gift from my Other Mother. Are you creeped out? Because I am.