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…
With memorable characters, great music, and a fantastic story, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is one of the greatest movies I have seen. One of the reasons why I loved this movie is because I identified with the main character, trying to break out of the mold that he was placed in.
This movie is only good because of how weird it is... but that's just a hallmark of Tim Burton.
About as interesting as I remember it being, which is to say not a lot. I found it boring when I was young and I still find it boring now. Some of the songs are alright, but it never really takes the time to establish any of the characters, not even Jack really. All that we know about him is a general curiosity and touch of self importance. The love story is very undercooked, to the point that the only reason Jack and Sally seem to be meant to be together is that they are the two with the most similar anatomy.
Everything in this film feels rushed, probably due to the difficulty of the animation. I thought Selick managed…
The Nightmare Before Christmas breezes through its short run time to a fault. I did not understand Jack's motivation for taking over Christmas. Until he took Santa's hat and went off on his own, I thought he was just intending to bring Christmas to Halloweentown (if that's what it's called?). And because the conflict is resolved with little incident, there were no consequences to his actions. He scared some kids, which he does on Halloween anyway, and then Santa saved the day. I enjoyed that Sally is not a damsel in distress who needs saving. But again, because everything moves so quickly, I felt nothing for their love song at the end. I usually love animated films almost by default, but The Nightmare Before Christmas left me wanting more.
A bit uneven in spots, but with more than enough imagination and charm to get by.
A tour-de-force stop-motion animation film with stellar vocal performances, voice acting, and atmospheric motifs. The gothic visuals and melancholic themes juxtapose very well with the childish motives and comedic moments. Jack is an iconic character that dwells within a universe of interesting lore and individuals. Sally is a unique protagonist full of longing and sense that is thwarted by her creator. The musical aspect is spectacular, with songs ranging from ecstatic and full of vigor to morose and defeating. The visuals are completely fluid and well crafted, you can see the care that went in to every set piece and character. Overall, one of my favorite films and a holiday masterpiece.
- 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!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game