Coraline is about a young girl whose family moves into an old house that has been split up into three separate residences. Coraline’s family inhabits the main house while two retired theatre performers live in the house below – which used to be the basement. Up on top lives an older man who is training mice to perform in his circus. It’s a curious lot of people yet Coraline feels she isn’t being listened to or seen which makes her feel very alone. Until one rainy day when she discovers a locked door in the sitting room where her family is storing her deceased grandmother’s old furniture that her drab life suddenly takes a radical turn.