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Charlie Jones

Alias: N/A.
Age: 40+ years.
Gender Male.
Status: Alive.
Voiced by: John Hodgman (movie)
Dave Fouquette (video game)
Appearances: Movie.
Video game.

Charles "Charlie" Jones is the father of Coraline and the husband of Mel Jones. In the film, he is the counterpart of the other father in the other world, and both characters are voiced by John Hodgman.

Plot Appearance[]


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (filmography)

Charlie is left with the cooking (although terrible at it, as expressed by Coraline during one dinner time) as his wife does the cleaning. Like his wife, being a busy father and husband, Charlie has little time and attention to spare for his daughter as he spent most of his time typing articles for a gardening catalogue on his computer. However, although busy with work, Charlie seems to wish that he could play with his daughter more often but is too busy and wrapped up with the demands of his job.

Later, after Coraline escaped from the other world, he and his wife were kidnapped by the the beldam and was trapped in the other world. They asked for Coraline's help through the mirror in the hallway of real world and was later revealed to be trapped in the snow globe on the other world's mantlepiece. After Coraline saved them, they came back in the real world without any recollection of the events that took place. Afterwards when they finished their gardening catalogue, they hosted a gardening party and Charlie seemingly paid more attention to his daughter, Coraline.


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (books)

In the book, Charlie is described as one of those fathers who embarrasses his children in an attempt to be "cool". However, he also loves Coraline -- he sings a goofy nursery rhyme to her, and she remembers a time when he deliberately got stung by wasps so that the wasps wouldn't sting her.

Much like his movie counterpart, he is a terrible cook despite being the one who cooks, and is especially bad at making food from recipes.

Video Game[]

In the DS game, we don't get to see Charlie Jones often. Like in the movie, he will go crazy if we turn off electricity while he's working. He also cooks while Mel cleans.
This section requires expanding with knowledge derived from the video game. 

Other Father[]

Main article: Other Father


Very much like his wife, Mel Jones, Charlie is constantly busy with typing for his gardening catalogue, and does not have much time and attention to spare for his daughter, Coraline (although he gave a little more attention to his daughter than his wife). However, despite this, as a father, he also loves her and cares deeply for her just like how Mel does. (As seen when Charlie puts Coraline to sleep, by playing with one of Coraline's toys to make her smile.) 


  • "Hello, Coraline and Coraline...doll?"
  • "Can you get me some of that magic mud you were talking about? Because I have a terrible case of writer's rash, on my–"
  • "I told you to count all the windows, not put your knee through them!"
  • "Oh, my twitchy-witchy girl, I think you are so nice. I give you bowls of porridge and I give you bowls of ice cream."
  • "Ugh! You know, this house is 150 years old."
  • "So, explore it! Go out and count all the doors, and windows and write that down on. List everything that's blue, just let me work!"* We've got a lot to celebrate


  • He makes a joke in the film implying that he had a rash on his bottom but Mel comically interrupts him before he can say anything too descriptive, like how Coraline had a poison oak rash. He calls it writer's rash and it has become a popular joke in the Coraline fandom.
  • Charlie cooks while Mel cleans.


You winning dad?