For those of you who may be long time readers, you may remember my magical journey into the world of Coraline from back in 2008. It was one of the most remarkable experiences I've had while writing for the site, and it's something I will never forget. Well, I now have another story to add to my list of tales with the box that I most recently received this week.
I was already looking extremely forward to LAIKA's upcoming film ParaNorman, but now I have even more of a reason to go see it! It looks to be an incredible story of a weird kid finding his place in the world, and I'm sure it's a story we could all relate to, at least I know I can. Hit the jump to take a peek at what might be lurking inside this wooden crate!
When a crate showed up at my door being stamped as though it was from the Blithe Hollow Cemetery I nearly died myself! Not only from excitement, but also the fact that I'm totally afraid of cemeteries and things that are dead. Which.. is usually weird, because the dead things can't really hurt you. Regardless, be prepared for all the excitement incoming!
This handmade crate is definitely marked as fragile for a reason, as this box of mine happens to be #12 of only 49. This time we've got the LAIKA logo marked on the crate as well, which is probably good. If I got a cemetery box from anyone else I think I'd be too afraid to open it!
I especially love the attention to detail with even the tiniest bit of promotion. The postmark date stamped on the crate is for August 17th, 2012, which is when ParaNorman hits theaters. Be sure to mark your calendars, because I know I'll be standing there excited to see it when it comes out!
Since it's not everyday that crates arrive at my door, I didn't have a crowbar or anything to open it up, so I got resourceful! I did, however, have a big putty knife, so I used that to get the leverage I needed. That did the trick, so let's see what's inside!
Oh.. my.. gosh.. Just imagine the look on my face, the immense squealing, and the squirming that happened when I realized I was going to have to dig out my new friend. Keep in mind I'm terrified of cemeteries. Terrified! There are reasons why I refused to let anyone take my picture while I was doing the dirty work! It was such a hilarious mix of excitement and freaking out while I dug through this.
Now that the lid was finally off you can see exactly what was waiting for me. This looks so real! I can't get over how real the grassy moss and everything looks. I mean, it is.. but not. You know what I mean? Anyway, we have a tiny shovel and something seems to be shining near it.
Here's a closer look at the shovel, and you can see something that looks like glass sticking out from the mossy ground.
Here it is! It's a super tiny glass bottle! It's been handmade and painted with a bit of green paint so that it looks aged and stained. It's so cool!
After removing the moss off the top we're left with a sandy dirt mystery. It looks like we have quite the adventure ahead of us!
While digging with my tiny shovel I finally hit something that felt like it needed to be excavated. Though it was going to take quite a while if I were only using the shovel.
So, I upgraded to a larger tool! With my trowel in hand I was able to start seeing the whole top of whatever I was to dig out, and.. it started to look a bit like a coffin..
"Surely not.." I thought, but yes, surely so! Though I'm sure he would prefer me not to call him Shirley. When I got dug down far enough I could slide the paper a bit to see that there was definitely something made of wood, with fancy carvings on it.
Look at that! It appears it was Mr. Blackton's coffin, and it was still stuck pretty far down in there. I did my best to dig on further down and get it cleaned off a little in the process.
By the time I finally got it out, you could see all of the intricate designs on it. He had died in 1712, so he probably wasn't going to look (or smell!) too fresh you wouldn't think. Though we'll have to wait until part 2 to see just what he looks like! I couldn't give it all away just yet, now could I? Join me shortly for part 2 where we'll take a closer look at all of the items found inside the Blithe Hollow Cemetery crate. If you can't wait that long, be sure to head over to WeirdWins.com to get a peek at what else might have shown up around the Internet.
From other sites around the web