The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

logoDirector: Henry Selick

Writer: Caroline Thompson (Screenplay) Tim Burton (Story) Michael McDowell (Novel)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page


Plot: Jack Skellington the king of Halloweentown has a successful Halloween, but he feels empty inside. After a long walk he ends up in Christmastown and Jack wants to be the king of that town too. Jack doesn’t understand the meaning of Christmas and by stealing it he could have devastating effects for everyone.


Verdict: Stop motion at its very best and who better to get involved than mr Burton.

Story: It is a great Christmas story showing how one man’s hopes and wishes can change everything for better and worse without the true knowledge of what you want. Told with well written songs and very good characters that each has a different role to play in the big picture. (9/10)


Character Review: Jack Skellington – A great character who is full of ambition but with little knowledge. A memorable character that even after 21 years is still one people will remember about Christmas. Iconic Performance Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)


Character Review: Sally – The voice of reason and only one who feels the same as Jack about not achieving all that they can. Good contrast character for Jack being a more grounded version of him. (9/10)


Character Review: Dr Finklestein – The evil scientist who creates Sally to be his personal slave, but he gave her more intelligence than he would have wanted in a slave. (7/10)


Director Review: Henry Selick – This guy really does know how to do stop motion good directing all-round. (9/10)


Fantasy: Set in a fantasy world where the seasonal holiday people live and plan on how to be at their best each holiday. (9/10)

Animation: Brilliant animation all the way through. (10/10)

Music: Some great memorable songs showing Danny Elfman is a great composer. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: The idea of separate towns for each holiday creates great setting for each character. (9/10)
Oscar Chances
: Got nominated for one.

Chances of Sequel: No this is one of a kind.

Suggestion: An alternative Christmas tale which will be enjoyed by all would be well worth a watch for all. (Watch)


Best Part: I enjoyed the songs.

Worst Part: Bit short.


Overall:  A brilliant Christmas story


Rating 82

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