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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…
One of the many pleasures about this film is that there is not a single recognizable landscape within it. Everything looks strange and haunting.
The movie, which tells the story of an attempt by Halloween to annex Christmas, is shot in a process called stop-action animation. In an ordinary animated film, the characters are drawn. Here they are constructed, and then moved a little, frame by frame, so that they appear to live. This allows a three-dimensional world to be presented, instead of the flatter universe of cell animation. And it is a godsend for the animators of "Nightmare," who seem to have built their world from scratch - every house, every stick and stone - before sending their skeletal…
It's always funny to see how much Henry Selick lords it over people that he was the actual director of this movie, not Tim Burton. Watch the trailer for "Coraline" and you will see what I'm talking about.
This movie gets 5 stars visually but the story is highly overrated... i don't like the main character and the ending is just bland, maybe i should have lowered my expectations.
I hated this movie when I was younger. Like, despised it. I think maybe it was because it scared me the very first time I watched it, which left a really bad impression on me. After that I just thought it was terrible and would avoid it at all costs. And I distinctly remember friends dressing up like Jack and/or Sally for Halloween and I'd eyeroll to myself, like what a buncha tools.
God, I even eyerolled as a child. Somethings never change.
And now, as an adult or whatever the hell it is I supposedly am, I still can't bring myself to REALLY enjoy it like I'm apparently supposed to (and honestly should). I like the songs and how…
A great looking movie that's great to watch around Halloween, honestly there are scenes in this film that do annoy me but the songs and likeable characters do more than just make up for that.
I think that The Nightmare Before Christmas is a little bit overrated, but just slightly. I still think it's an extraordinary film on a technical level and its story and characters are nothing but the result of great imagination and creativity. Personally, I wasn't so drawn into its world as I would have liked, although I can't deny that towards the end it was very exciting and the music and the songs were fantastic.
Sometimes referred to as "Tim Burton's..." although he didn't direct it (Henry Selick did), yet he co-wrote it and co-produced it, it's Burtonesque in spirit and its wonderful visuals are reminiscent of his films' aesthetics, but I dare to say that had he directed it himself, it would have been even better.
Lags a bit in the middle but easily one of the best things Tim Burton has attached his name to.
It's all about the atmosphere that Tim Burton brought to this piece of work. Simply enjoyable.
If you really think about it this isn't a Disney film its a Henry Selick film that was passed on to Disney but its a remarkable looking movie, that looks very realistic and it creeps you out with how real the movie actually looks overall an awesome film.
- 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…