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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.
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 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.
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.
The good: Imaginative and fun.
Creative and imaginative all the way through. A great cast of characters making up Halloween Town. Plot is simple enough but never stretches itself.
I guess this world is one of the reasons people like (or liked) Burton.
Also, the animation hasn't dated at all.
Pesadilla antes de navidad.
Probablemente lo mas creativo e inspirado de Danny Elfman.
Aunque no dirigido por Tim Burton está claro que es un producto 100% Burton.
La historia es sencilla pero la belleza de las imagenes y las canciones la hacen mágica. cuanto más se ve más le gusta a uno.
Los personajes están muy bien, y el ambiente y tono no pueden estar mejor. Por tanto, no puedo más que decir que pasen, vean y disfruten.
If you ain't got no friends, like young Tim Burton, you create your company. His "friends" are a bunch of hideous but well-meaning monsters or misunderstood outcasts like himself, if you want.
Mr. Selick might be sitting in the director's chair but this nightmarish musical is arguably the work of Tim Burton's vivid imagination and Danny Elfman's playful music and lyrics. And it seems to get better with time.
One of my favorite Tim Burton, Christmas-Halloween,musical and animated films out there. The animation is sharp yet stays well to Burton's dark style. Great voice performances by Chris Sarandon and Catherine O' Hara among others. The story is a lot of fun with Jack trying to do to Christmas what he did to Halloween.
The things I know pulls many viewers in and gives this film its cult status is the amazing soundtrack with such great songs as "This is Halloween" and "What's This?" that are so catchy that they are guaranteed to stay in your head.
My Take: A great holiday film that the whole family can enjoy. Burton's best animated film (with Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie close behind).
Merry Christmas Everyone! - Film #13 - The Nightmare Before Christmas
Here's the thing with The Nightmare Before Christmas, it's a great Christmas or Halloween film. I've seen this film many times before and I do really like it. The film starts off as Halloween with a musical number and we're introduced to our main character Jack. The musical numbers are quite catchy and some are stuck in my head, especially Oogie Boogie's song. Well Jack is fed up of Halloween and wants to do something new, he stumbles across a forest that has multiple doors to multiple seasons, Jack not knowing what is what falls down the Christmas one and is fascinated. He comes up with a plan to…
I know, it’s just “classic me” not to love this. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that I do not enjoy zaniness just as much as the next guy. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a thorough exercise in everything zany. It oozes the Tim Burton brand of gothic macabre. And in many ways, the movie succeeds impressively. But like most excursions into the world of unbridled imagination, the film comes up disappointingly short in the story department.
I’m not immune to The Nightmare Before Christmas’s charm. The movie starts off terrifically. The haunting flavor of the setting and characters is a lot of fun to watch. Jack, The Pumpkin King, is introduced, and his dilemma is made…
I'll admit that I don't love it as much as I use to, but THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is still a dazzling, stop-motion animated fairytale brought beautifully from the minds of Tim Burton and Henry Selick. The story is imaginative, the gothic style works very well, the music and songs are moving and memorable, and the animation was truly a landmark for its time.
Christmas or Halloween movie to you ?
I'll watch it any time of the year
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- 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!
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- 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…