Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fun Halloween/Christmas claymation movie that comes from the mind of Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands). Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King and is getting bored with doing Halloween every year the same way. As he is walking aimlessly through the woods he stumbles upon a group of trees with symbols of the major holidays on them. He is so impressed by the door shaped like a tree with shiny decorations that he ventures inside. He discovers Christmas town and is intrigued by everything he sees. So intrigued in fact that he brings it home with him to Halloween town to take on Christmas for the next go round.
I remember seeing this on vacation in Houston when I was just 11 years old but didn’t fall in love with it until I owned it on video sometime later. It is, and probably always will remain, in the top 5 on my personal top 100 list and is currently #4. The story is original and the songs, written and sung by the great Danny Elfman, are memorable. The claymation is the first of its kind and Tim Burton has made/produced several others including James and the Giant Peach, Corpse Bride and Coraline. Even to this day, the Nightmare Before Christmas has a large cult-like following and you can find all kinds of merchandising all over the place. If you haven’t seen this movie… see it… and take your kids!
10/10 Stars – Nothing to hate here, and the songs are great!
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