They tried something else. The keyword is tried!
I was visually stunned by the Irresistible claymation as I watched this for the first time. The characters, along with the casting was an absolute treat!
The reason why The Nightmare Before Christmas only gets three stars is for the story and pacing. In my opinion, the film's length, had it been cut in half, could have provided the story to be rich instead of what felt like a lot of fluff.
However, I can appreciate the following The Nightmare Before Christmas has retained through the decades. Merry Halloween, everyone!