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…
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 is another fun animated movie from Burton. I really like the songs throughout the film. Still, I think I must have watched too many times as a kid, because it just felt a bit stale.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3D
Love the visual style here. The animation is imaginative and very eye-popping.
Totally forgot how much of a musical this was. Not a bad thing, just forgot.
I enjoy how the main character became the villain then realized he was the villain and tries to fix it.
Fun movie for my boys, they were interested the entire time. Not an easy task.
The style here is so unique and memorable that it's very easy to see how this became such a beloved, iconic animated film.
It's worth multiple rewatches simply to take a closer look at all the supporting characters. Each seems so full of life despite their lack of focus in the plot.
Can't say enough about the music, either. While I can take or leave a lot of musical numbers, this one has a few incredible tracks. Danny Elfman is in top form here.
In a previous review, I considered "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to be a "masterpiece", and "the greatest film ever made about Halloween." I wasn't lying. It's a stunning, visual and musical experience, with a fantastically original concept, and truly outstanding design. It is no wonder why it is still hailed as a classic, and usually the movie to watch for families on Halloween.
About fifteen seconds into the film, the title appears on the screen. The music is haunting, yet cheerful. Then, the jolly and gloomy voice of a Tim Burton-esque Santa Claus, "'twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems..."
Already, the tone is set. Grim and dark, cheerful and jolly. These are polar opposites,…
I feel really bad for whoever directed this film (just kidding, I looked it up -- it's Henry Selick), because to have someone else's name plastered all over the front of it is really confusing to those who want to know who is responsible for such a wonderful, charming film.
You can obviously tell some of the touches Tim Burton had on the film, mostly in the interesting characters and story. The Nightmare Before Christmas is truly the best Halloween film ever made, and I'd even put it as one of the better Christmas movies of all time, too. It's intricately and exceptionally animated, the songs are catchy, and it's short and sweet.
The most memorable part of the film…
Hoop-Tober 2.0 - Film 6/31
So this isn't exactly a horror. So it probably shouldn't be one of my Hoop-Tobers. I don't care because I finally got around to watching The Nightmare Before Christmas!
I fucking love this film. And I do it shamelessly.
I understand Jack and Sally on a spiritual level. They're goals.
I understand THIS on a spiritual level.
Danny Elfman has the pipes. So much more could be said but I wont say it
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…