The Nightmare Before Christmas
It is hard to believe, nearly 20 years have gone by since The Nightmare Before Christmas was first release in the theaters in October 1993. I can still remember my father taking my brother, my best friend and I to see this movie. At the time, I was only 10 years old. When we walked out after the movie, I was so excited and wanted to see it again. Ever since then, The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been apart of Halloween for me. One of the best related experiences for anyone to see, would have to be the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. They park completely transfers the theme of the ride to The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The film is about Jack Skellington (voice: Chris Sarandon – singing: Danny Elfman) who is the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town. With the desire for something more, Jack ventures off through the forest and stumbles upon a portal like area for other holiday towns. Curiously, Jack opens the portal to Christmas Town and accidentally falls inside. Impressed with his new discovery, Jack returns to Halloween Town to announce his news of wanting to take over Christmas with a Halloween twist. The members of Halloween Town are then tasked with certain objectives to perfect Jack’s plan, one of which sends the Oogie Boogie kids on a mission to capture Santa Claus. After Jack’s success, he assumes the role of Santa Claus and sets out to fulfill his evil plot. Jack’s plan is short lived when he is figured out to be an impostor which puts the military on high alert and eventually, Jack is shot out of the sky. Depressed with his failure to take over Christmas, Jack quickly realizes he needs to set things right and returns to Halloween to rescue Santa Claus from Oogie Boogie.
The Nightmare Before Christmas was produced by Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi and directed by Henry Selick. The film is done in a clay like animation, full of imagination with a touch of romance. This movie really is one of a kind and set the way for future animation films. Some people can’t stand seeing a movie which involves several scenes of signing, me being one of them. But, for The Nightmare Before Christmas the singing is done so well and creative, it is perfect for the film. The music is done by Danny Elfman who does a magnificent job. If you’ve never seen The Nightmare Before Christmas, do yourself a favor and just buy it. You won’t go wrong and only wish you had done so if you rent it. The movie has become a Halloween classic for me ever year.
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