Galvin Scott Davis' timeless new film, Daisy Chain, a five minute animated short narrated by Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet, was born from misery and travail, and is the most stirring recent example of art communicating the subject of anti-bullying.
He added roughly twelve thousand words, removed a few thousand from various points in the story, but still, when it came to the American release of the novel, Gaiman was unable to release his favorite version of the novel.
A generation of children has now grown up with, and cherishes, this story of an intrepid, likeable little girl named Coraline Jones, at the end of her summer school holidays in East Sussex, not so long ago.
Instead of wasting time heaping praise upon the literary world's first iconic "rock star," I'll simply recount my two encounters with the widely read author and then I'll let Neil Gaiman speak for himself.
I've begun to wonder, with the Oscar ballot deadline fast approaching, if any of the Academy's 5,777 voting members has begun to think seriously about talking animals.