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The Nightmare Before Christmas


Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey View All


Tim Burton (Writer), Caroline Thompson (Screenplay), Henry Selick (Director) View All

Released: Oct. 9th, 1993
Runtime: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.
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The music, visuals, and story were good, but there are other movies with much better music, visuals and stories.
It's not the most visually interesting piece and the song itself doesn't really stand out among it's peers, but the concepts that it juggles what with Jack, an avatar of Halloween and fear trying to rationalize what it is that appeals to him about Christmas and cheer just clicks with me, perhaps because this idea of trying to make sense of things and questioning yourself sounds familiar.
Watching Jack as he first enters Christmas Town is like watching a kid discover the world around him when he learns to walk.
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