Coraline has a movie is wonderfully animated and you'll be stunned at the quality it produces.
Story wise, it revolves around scary and/or disturbing themes such as the idea of a fake world with 'perfect' fake people, of having buttons sewn into someone's eyes (though this is never actually shown in the film it is a major part of it), and includes moments of near-death experiences. There is, however, one specific scene that showcases *ahem* half naked old ladies (although from a distance) and even remarks on a lady's bodices during the song sung for this scene. Personally, I didn't even notice the naked ladies and that one line until I rewatched it recently, despite Coraline obviously saying "They're practically naked!" The fact I didn't notice this scene until I was 14 makes me believe that this part will go right over most children's heads (and it is a relatively short scene). Other then that, there are no 'inappropriate' scenes.
It is a generally disturbing and dark, yet fantastic movie.
It trys to give out the message that nothing is perfect and that imperfection isn't as bad as it seems should be embraced.
Coraline (the main character) is upset by her 'boring' and imperfect life following her move to a new town in Oregon. She is sassy and disobedient to her parents because she feels the need to rebel against the move that she 'never wanted in the first place'. She soons discovers a 'perfect' world with 'perfect' parents who bow to her every whim. But, as we all know, you should also be careful what you wish for, and Coraline certainly wasn't. This 'perfect' world soon becomes a nightmare when the 'perfect' other mother wants to keep her trapped in the 'perfect' world by sewing buttons into Coralne's eyes to make her a little doll. She escapes, only to find that the other mother stole Coraline's parents. Coraline goes back into the nightmarish world to save her parents, as well as the 'eyes' of three ghost children who, it is assumed, were killed by the other mother. She makes a bet with the other mother, stating that if Coraline finds the ghost children's eyes and her parents, Coraline could go free. But if she fails... she would have to let the other mother sew buttons into Coraline's eyes. Coraline risks her life to save her parents, the very same parents who she 'hated' at the start of the film.
Through her adventure, Coraline learns to not only accept, but to love the imperfect.
It is truly a wonderful, dark movie.
I rate this movie appropriate for children 9 and up (mostly because I saw this when I was 9 and was not affected negatively.)