Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Things That Go Bump 'N Grind In the Night

I loved Neil Gaiman's Coraline, which I reviewed when it first came out, so I've been excited to see the film version. Now, there's added incentive. Little Brooklyn reports the movie tips a hat to burlesque -- Coraline's neighbors are two aging burlesque dancers and the film includes a burlesque-inspired routine. On the film's site, you can even download vintage burlesque posters from when the women performed, left.

Of course, not everyone loves the burly moment. Some religious and parental groups think that makes it off-limits for kids. Clearly that's up to each parent, but I found this bit in Crosswalk's review an interesting, and probably unintended, comment on sexuality:

"[They] perform a circus stage show in which one barely has anything on. Granted, she’s older and overweight so it’s not a sexually alluring image (it’s meant for comic effect)..."

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