My favorite movie is an obscure one. It's called MirrorMask, and it's written by my favorite author, Neil Gaiman, and the art in it is done by his visual counterpart, Dave McKean.
MirrorMask follows the story of a girl named Helena, who lives in a circus, but desperately wants to run away and join Real Life. When she discovers that her mother has a serious health problem, she wakes up one night in a world filled with her own drawings, and an anti-her filling her space in the real world.
The drawing world has two sides: The City of Light, and the City of Darkness, and a conflict has always lasted between the two. Recently, however, the White Queen has fallen ill, and is in a deep sleep that no one can seem to wake her up with. It is said that the one thing that can wake her up is a charm--The MirrorMask, though just what that is is unclear. Meanwhile, the City of Darkness, and the Dark Queen are getting ever closer, and it seems that the only one willing to go after the MirrorMask is Helena, and her newfound friend, Valentine. Can they find the MirrorMask, and wake the White Queen before it's too late? And will Helena ever escape back into her normal life?
It's visually stunning, at times funny, and dark, with the type of plot that only Neil Gaiman could have crafted. It reminds me a bit of Coraline, that type of creepiness, brought to life with the illustrations and visual effects of Dave McKean.