Coraline decides to unlock the door and finds a house identical to her own, inhabited by her Other Mother and Other Father who are replicas of her real parents.
They have button eyes. In this “Other World”, Coraline finds everything to be better than her world. Her Other Parents are attentive and her toy box is filled with animate toys that can move and fly.
The Other Mother offers Coraline a chance to stay in the Other World forever, if Coraline will allow buttons to be sewn into her eyes.
Coraline is horrified and returns back through the door to go home. Upon her return to her apartment, Coraline finds her real parents are missing.
They do not return the next day and the black cat wakes her and takes her to a mirror in her hallway through which she can see her trapped parents.
Coraline deduces the Other Mother has kidnapped them. Coraline goes back to the Other World to confront the Other Mother and rescue her parents.
The Other Mother tries to convince Coraline to stay, but Coraline refuses and is locked behind a mirror as punishment.
In the darkness, she meets three ghost children who had let the Other Mother sew buttons in their eyes. The ghost children implore Coraline to avoid their fate and to help find their souls so that they can leave the Other World.
After the Other Mother releases Coraline from the mirror, Coraline proposes a game in which she must find the souls of ghost children and her parents which lay hidden in the Other World. If Coraline wins, she, her parents and the ghost children may go free. If not, Coraline will let the Other Mother sew the buttons into her eyes.
Coraline goes through the Other World and overcomes all the obstacles of Other Mother. At the end of the game, the ghost children warn her even if Coraline wins, the Other Mother will not let them go.
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