Just in time for Halloween, acclaimed stop-motion animator Henry Selick dropped off a note for us to share with his fans along with a tiny pumpkin wrapped in black and stamped with his upcoming film's title: Coraline. We have included pictures of our gourd and the nifty Halloween card it came attached to. Henry Selick writes:

Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas know that I'm a big believer in the "quality scare." I've always been fascinated by our attraction to the spooky, the mysterious, the unknown. Why, exactly, do our spines chill, our throats constrict, our hearts skip a beat? No one knows for sure and I'm just fine with that. Speaking of scary things, we're putting the finishing touches on Coraline, based on the bestselling book by Neil Gaiman (who knows a few things about how to scare an audience). It's a modern fairy tale that teaches one of life's most important lessons: Things aren't always better on the other side of the door and sometimes our dreams can become nightmares. So look for Coraline in February and, until then, here's hoping all your nightmares are as entertaining as mine. Best Regards, Henry Selick.

<strong><em>Coraline</em></strong> Image #1

<strong><em>Coraline</em></strong> Image #1

<strong><em>Coraline</em></strong> Image #1

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Coraline will hit theaters on February 6th, 2009.

B. Alan Orange