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The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993

  • Henry Selick
  • October 9, 1993
  • 76 mins
  • English
  • Animation, Fantasy, Family
A ghoulish tale with wicked humor & stunning animation.
Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.


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Not able to play :( #ShiftvW8

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‘tis the season so I thought it was probably a good time to catch up with this one at last.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an enchanting trifecta of Tim Burton’s signature Gothic style and wit, Henry Selick’s talent for stop-motion animation and Danny Elfman’s whimsical score.

Burton and Selick take us on an imaginative journey through Christmas and Halloween. The sets are fantastic and it’s clear that rather than just being a quick holiday money-grab, this is a film made with a lot of love and care. There’s nods to lots of films and styles here but I most appreciated the liberal borrowing from those creepy German expressionist silent pictures.

I’m not a fan of musicals though, and this is not really an exception. The tone and pace wore me out, and the film is only 70 minutes long!

Objectively, this is one of Burton’s better works (although he didn’t direct); I’m just not quite as personally enthralled by it as many seem to be.

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This will always be one of my #1 favorites! The songs and music are amazing, but I did not expect anything less of Danny Elfman. Summing up; I love Disney, I love stop-motion, I love 'monsters' with a kind heart, I love Tim Burton.. Can't get enough, this will live on forever.

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