Klara's Top 5 Children's Movies Better Than the Book

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by klarakim

Hollywood loooooves to turn books into movies and the results can be good, bad, or just plain awful. But I come to praise adaptions, not to bury them! These are my top 5 book-to-movie adaptions in order from Awesome to Super Awesome:

 

#5. Coraline

 
Coraline the movie  Coraline
CoralineCoraline the Movie
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Coraline the Book
 
Coraline was written by Neil Gaiman, winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. The movie takes all the darkness from the written tale and transforms it into these magically creepy claymation scenes that move and glow in eerie, fantastic ways. Coraline is touching and exciting, two of my top priorities for a well-made movie.
 
 
#4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
 
 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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The Harry Potter movies had so many directors and David Yates is my favorite among them! It was cringe-inducing enough to just read about the incredible unfairness of authority-crazed Professor Umbridge's horrid policies so when Yates brought her brilliantly frustrating character to life on-screen it was incredibly satisfying and maddening at the same time. 
 
 
#3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
 
Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
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This is one of those movies where when they announced it I thought "Why the heck would they want to turn THAT short of a book into a movie?" But the creators really took the book and ran with it, transforming it into a hilarious story about the need for people to celebrate intelligence. Science is wild! Thinking differently can change the world! This movie says doing stuff with your smarts is EXTREMELY AWESOME!
 
 
#2. The Borrowers
 
The Secret World of Arrietty The Borrowers
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The Borrowers the Book
 
Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, etc.) did a not-so-by-the-book adaptation of  Howl's Moving Castle that really changed the story and they did the same thing with The Borrowers but kept things more grounded in reality this time. This is one of those stories where I really enjoy the changes, taking the concept of Tiny People Who Live In Your House and turning it into its own thing.
 
 

#1. The Iron Giant
 
The Iron Giant The Iron Giant book
The Iron Giant the Movie
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The Iron Giant the Book
 
Before Brad Bird directedThe Incredibles The Incredibles, he wrote and directed an adaptation of this modern fairy tale that promotes peace. As a movie, The Iron Giant not only preserves but strengthens its messages of love, humanity, and self-sacrifice.
 
Heady stuff, yeah? I hope you liked reading about othese adaptions nearly as much as you will enjoy watching them.

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