The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

1993. Directed by Henry Selick.

One of the greatest achievements in stop motion animation of all time, Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a rarity in the genre and a spectacle to behold.

A joyous celebration of both Christmas and Halloween, the film is bliss from start to finish. There's song, romance, complex emotional development, and above all fun.

The well known plot revolves around Jack Skellington kidnapping Santa Claus and attempting to replace him, in an attempt to free himself from his depression, caused from the endless repetition of Halloween year after year.

Part of the film's immense strength is in the world it builds from the first frame. Halloween Town has a pulse and you can feel it running through the Pumpkin King's domain with every character, set piece, and musical number. Deane Taylor's art direction is so meticulous, you often forget you're watching an animated feature as everything has it's own sense of soul.

Danny Elfman's singing and music are fantastic while Chris Sarandon's voice gives Jack Skellington a refreshingly humane familiarity. The great Katherine O'Hara is equally amazing in her turn as Sally, Jack's love interest.

All of these elements culminate in an unforgettable story for children and adults alike. You can't help but watch this film in a perpetual state of joy.

Every once in a while, a film comes along that makes you remember why it is you love movies. This is one of those, a true masterpiece, that will live on throughout the years as it's appeal defies restriction and it's message of love and acceptance is timeless.

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