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The Nightmare Before Christmas
A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & 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.
Life's no fun without a good scare.
Forever a favorite of those goth kids who smoked cigarettes during wood shop class, The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of those weird little cult films that despite the "cult" description, it would seem that just about every person on Earth has seen or at least heard of. Which is why I've always been kind of afraid to admit I had never seen this film until the other night. You never know where those angry hipsters could be listening. Hiding behind a tree in the park. Rummaging through garbage around the corner.
Halloween has and forever will be my favorite holiday, so the fact that I am only just now watching this film…
Film #36 of Project 90
”Life’s no fun without a good scare!”
Creativity is leaking out of every frame of this visually stunning little animation, the way Henry Selick and his team of artists use the lovely stop-motion technique, colors, lights and revolutionary effects to bring an utterly crazy, dark and scary world to life can only be described by the word delightful, with their vision and matchless visual innovation they make The Nightmare Before Christmas an unforgettable feast for eyes. Story’s general lack of surprise may slow down the film a little bit but Danny Elfman’s score, a town full of exquisite characters (the guy with the ax in his head, the vampires and the hanged skeletons are just…
On the one hand, this has a ridiculously weak plot, very little character development, and some wonky-ass songs. On the other hand, I can't think of a better movie to watch while wrapped in a big cozy blanket with a nice hot bowl of tomato soup on your lap, a sleeping dog at your feet, snow twinkling in the windows, a Brazilian prostitute giving you a blowjob, listening to the gentle howl of the autumn wind outside your door.
I think the latter hand wins out.
And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky! And they call him, Sandy... Clawssss...!
After years studying animation and paying his dues being an in-betweener to a full fledged animator both for studios and as a freelancer, Henry Selick made his feature film directorial debut thanks to Tim Burton being tied up with Batman Returns and supposedly not wanting to go through the pain of making a stop motion animated feature film at the time. Often referred to as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, overlooking Selick's directing, style and work ethic on this film would be a sin.
Another piece of the puzzle is having…
One of those rare films that can be enjoyed equally at Christmas or Halloween. A true classic.
A pioneering work of animation at its time, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animation musical concerning the Pumpkin King of the Halloweenland named Jack Skellington who is bored from planning the annual Halloween celebrations every year. While on his way back home, he discovers a portal to Christmasland & is instantly infatuated with the lively Christmas spirit. Unable to understand its concept, he decides to celebrate the holiday & gets the residents of his town to help him prepare for it which, as expected, goes wrong.
Due to its dark, brooding & creepy yet hilarious atmosphere, many mistake this film to be Tim Burton's work, which is further complicated by his name on the title but it's actually Henry Selick who…
Every time I watch this film I'm blown away by the design and animation. It is absolutely gorgeous with classic visuals on almost every frame. The songs may not be the best in a traditional sense, but they work so well in the movie that all is forgiven. This one will never get old and I can't wait to watch it again at Christmas time.
One of my absolute favorite Tim Burton movies
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a delightful experience with awesome Tim Burton-esque animation, memorable characters, and spectacular music. However, I found the love interest, although well acted, too be slightly forced. Otherwise, this Halloween/Christmas classic is near flawless, and endlessley rewatchable.
SIDE NOTE: JACK SKELLINGTON IS RADICAL!
Letter Grade: A
(The film's final grade could improve with a second viewing).
Still awesome after all these years despite a few shortcomings in terms of plot.
The Nightmare Before Christmas has never been one of my favorites but I figured it would be something I could watch with my wife and still count on my 31 Days of Horror List. You see, she does not watch horror movies, she loves Christmas though. So, with this one, I get a Halloween movie and she gets a Christmas movie. A total win-win situation all around.
Now, when I say this isn't really one of my favorites, that doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't a good movie, it has just never really been my cup of tea. On a technical level, it is fantastic. There is some really amazing stop-motion animation going on here. The story just never really…
Moving along at a brisk yet comprehensible pace to prevent itself from overstaying its welcome while also not feeling too short and lacking, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" still remains a holiday classic for both Halloween and Christmas almost 20 years after it was first released thanks to beautiful and visually realized scenery, memorable characters, a soundtrack that will have you singing along, and a story that's both fun and funny to watch. Make sure to catch this one every year, even if it's not Halloween or Christmas!
Film #20 of Mocktoberfest 2014
Can't believe how long it took me to see this movie. Absolutely incredible. Stop motion will never cease to amaze me.
The story of The Nightmare Before Christmas has an "on-rails" quality to it. Plot beats come a little too quickly, and characters enter and finish whole arcs before they're given enough time to breath. It's all very slick and very fast-paced, which makes for an easy watch, but is entirely at odds with it's rough, handmade aesthetic.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…