Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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.
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…
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…
Part of the Buddy the Elf Challenge.
There’s an ingenius marketing strategy behind The Nightmare Before Christmas as it’s essentially two holiday films in one and pretty much guarantees a surge in interest during the months of October and December. Although the film was conceived by gothic master Tim Burton, it could so easily have been a mediocre money-maker, as are many films with seasonal themes, but it was clearly made with love and affection and is a classic because of it.
The novelty of claymation has enough appeal in itself. The amount of time and effort that goes into each individual shot is something that can barely be comprehended considering how speedily a computer can construct an animated sequence…
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.
Part Three of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge
A macabre, wonderfully dark, and enchanting exploration of both Halloween and Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a true stunner by Tim Burton. Featuring wonderful voice work and musical numbers, a miraculous level of detail, and a story that unravels perfectly along with the breathtaking animation; this film easily ranks as the best film to watch in that weird time of year where fall and winter are jarringly intertwined.
Simply put, It's lovely in the most demented way.
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…
An inventive spin on the Christmas movie - flipping the whole tradition on its head - is an inspired idea from Tim Burton and is a wonderful opportunity for his unique vision to be realised on screen. Combined with the music and lead singing voice of Danny Elfman, this is a creative marriage made in heaven, or should that be hell in this case? Either way, the film is a great flick and a visual feast as Burton's own sketches come to life in a movie that uses its stop motion animation to dazzling effect.
i wish jack skellington wasn't so tired now :(
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a really fun wacky film. It's really cool how it's a mix between Halloween and Christmas and there are so many lovable characters.
"If you enjoy musicals in which characters sing at length about their thoughts, if you’re a fan of the bizarre and the creepy, or if you’re a child in love with the whole holiday season from Halloween through Christmas, then this film won’t disappoint."
All the individual elements are great - the soundtrack, the animation, the design, etc, yet it lacks cohesion.
All time favorite
'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems.
Ths would actually be a pretty great shortfilm, if the songs wouldn’t violently stretch it into feature film length. But hey, 98% of the songs are great, so I’m okay with that. Although in the end there are still some story issues.
Sally is a pretty one dimensional character and Oogie Boogie is a useless villain, that comes out of nowhere and is just there for no other reason than “This movie needs a 3rd act”. But it’s a funny and touching story, the design and animation is so breathtaking and detailed and as I mentioned before, the songs are great, so all in all the positive outweighs the negative by far.
One of my favourite musicals of all time. Short and sweet, truly wonderful.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…