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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…
There’s a clever 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 now. Everyone involved in this project isn’t…
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…
This beautiful stop-motion animation, often wrongly credited to Disney and/or Tim Burton, is a work of genius from Henry Sellick (he of James and the Giant Peach). It's easy to see why Burton gets the praise - it has his influence all over it: gothic, outcast characters, Danny Elfman score (and songs). All these plus a solid script, some great tunes, fantastic voice work add to the effect, but it is truly the animation that raises this to a higher level. The attention to detail is stunning, whether it be in Halloween Town or Christmas Land, slower scenes or fast paced montages. If I had one criticism it would be that nothing in the film can match the opening This is Halloween number, but that is so good it seems unreasonable to expect otherwise.
how much I like it (50): 38
how good it is (50): 39
overall (100): 77
A pleasing Christmas movie from the mind of Tim Burton.
What I Learnt From: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Maybe I watched this at the wrong time of year, or maybe it's just because I don't really take to Burton's macabre and morbid sensibilities. My favourite film of his is Big Fish, which is probably the least Burton-esque film. I appreciate this is not directed by Burton, but it has his marking all over it.
The score and animation is superb. I cannot fault the film there, and while it happily sits right next to Wallace and Gromit for excellent stop-motion animation, and with Dr. Caligari for twisted expressionist set design, the humour and story which is meant to be it's magical ingredient just doesn't do it for me.
Part of my bi-annual watch (during Halloween and preferably Christmas Eve).
I wish I had watched this sooner. I wish it had been part of my childhood. I wish I had known these songs and these characters. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a good movie. It's whimsical, original, creepy and delightful. Almost 13 years after its release, it still looks great. The story is strong, and I like that Jack Skellington is both a protagonist and antagonist. I liked the movie. I really, really liked it. What I didn't like were the songs. Not a single song stood out to me. I couldn't tell you many of the lyrics beyond "This is Halloween, this is Halloween," "What's this? What's this?" and "What does it mean? What does it mean?" (Does it…
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the greatest films of all time. It was released in 1993 – the first full length stop-motion animated film to come out in years. It was an amazing achievement for the time, providing audiences with something the likes of which they had never seen before.
Over time, The Nightmare Before Christmas has gained a devoted cult following. The impact that this film has on its audience cannot be denied. Once released under the Touchstone banner – a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures, which specializes in more adult-themed films – the folks at the mouse house finally owned up to the fact that they had something special on their hands, re-releasing The…
Amazing stop motion. Iconic imagery. Fantastic pop musical soundtrack and score. The hyperbole should continue.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!