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Just yesterday, I was watching the movie Coraline. It got me thinking, where did the idea for this movie come from? I'm not looking for specifics. Just a general statement, such as, "It cam from a dream about dolls the author had." Just something I was curious about. Please list a source.

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According to the author of the book, Neil Gaiman:

GAIMAN: The inspiration for Coraline was that it was a story for my daughters, with a girl who got to be brave but was normal. She’s a bit Holly, a bit me, but mostly herself.

This comes from a short interview on Flames Rising

It'd also be worth watching this interview on Nerdist.

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