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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.
As with Cinderella earlier in the week I thought I’d give another so-called classic a second try having never enjoyed this Burton-Selick collaboration when I was younger. Yet once again I find my adult self agreeing with my original view which is doubly disappointing as the film has a few admirable qualities.
As with all Henry Selick directed features it looks amazing. There is a real timeless quality to stop-frame animation and it is hard to imagine this story would be half as appealing if it was not animated this way. Even Burton’s character designs are still a joy. Considering he has been mining and diluting his unique style for two decades it is nice to see that, when done…
I DO NOT CARE HOW HOT TOPICY THIS MOVIE HAS BECOME.
I DON'T CARE HOW OVERRATED PEOPLE THINK TIM BURTON IS (EVEN THOUGH THIS WASN'T DIRECTED BY HIM...)
I DO NOT CARE.
I love the shit out of this movie. I love it.
MY BEST FRIEND AND I ARE HAVING A SING ALONG
Film #14 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 10/30: A film with a score by Danny Elfman
"There's children throwing snowball, instead of throwing heads. They're busy building toys, and absolutely no one's dead!"
With a distinctive animation style, Burton has managed to create a comic movie, mixing together two popular holidays: Christmas and Halloween. He provides us with a unique take on the traditional Christmas film, in a way that is fun and quirky. I was mesmerised as I watched the winter holiday transform before my eyes, being taken over by dark and gloomy Halloween imagery.
This film would be nothing without its music, and Elfman's score is utter genius. The pieces sound beautiful, but are also very…
FCJ I LOVE MOVIE
I was a bit disappointed at how weakly it held up from my childhood memory of it. While it is unsurprising that I could remember the bulk of a 80 minute movie, there was little else to pull from it. Light motivations and a pretty conservative underlying message--ignore your feelings of dissatisfaction and know your place--makes for a simple children's film.
Still better than Frozen.
I realized that the art style is probably the biggest deal about this film.
The animation, like other films from these folks, is incredible. But what might separate The Nightmare Before Christmas from others is its characters, themes of creativity, failure, and identity, and, of course, its score conducted by Danny Elfman, who composed the memorable musical numbers. The love interest seems forced and act three might fall off the rails just a bit, but The Nightmare Before Christmas is enjoyable enough to warrant play two months out of the year.
"This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!"
A lovely little stop motion film, from the mind of Tim Burton. Good for the holidays.
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