Don'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…
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…
We watch this every year to bridge the gap between Halloween and the ingestion of classic Christmas movies.
I love pretty much every single minute of it.
A masterpiece. Tim Burton's unique vision is realized in it's purest form through stop motion animation. Burton dreamt up ax excellent concept, but Danny Elfman adds to it through his superb music and lyrics, and beautiful singing as Jack Skellington. Blu Ray makes the film look it's best, and includes a host of features, including some very interesting early short films by Tim Burton.
Iconic, but never really clicked with me. Enjoyable enough.
Guys, the plot has holes. The songs aren't the best. But I love this dang movie.
There are many films with which I could give justifiable, tangible reasons as to why I find them great, whether it be through technical aspects (writing, acting, direction, etc.), intellectual connection, or simple emotional appeal. However, there is a very tiny percentage of the films I’ve seen where no amount of logical explanation could even begin to accurately describe how much they mean to me. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one such film. It remains a very important part of my growth, not only as a cinephile but as a human being altogether. One could even say that it was the one film that…
Il film che fin da piccola mi ha fatto capire che il cinema era la mia vita <3
One of the most visually remarkable films of the early 1990s. My favourite aspect of this film is the wild environments and crazy looking characters that have been beautifully animated.
Danny Elfman proves what a talent he is by scoring the entire film, writing the songs and singing the lyrics himself (21.1.07)
It hold's up so well. The animation is beautiful, the characters are wonderful, the music is fun. What more could you ask for?
Just a brilliant, brilliant film. The cinematography in particular struck me. A real DP worked on the film (Pete Kozachik), and he shoots it as if it were live action (with the help of a strange 1.66:1 aspect ratio). It works wonders for the story and tone. While the animation is nowhere near as detailed as modern Laika or Aardman films, these shots have actual meaning. Refreshing.
Point of interest: the film is not a Tim Burton flick by almost any stretch of the imagination. It was directed by the great Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach, Coraline), adapted by Michael McDowell and written by Caroline Thompson. I'm pretty sure Burton only created the characters and basic story.
Alas, when you're the most famous person associated with the project, your name ends up on all the marketing materials.
- 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…