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The Nightmare Before Christmas


I was never such a huge fan of musicals, but when I saw that the Animated Musical HoF was taking nominations, I decided to give it a shot. The first film I watched from all of the nominees was The Nightmare Before Christmas. I had seen the film before but not since I was very young, and I was skeptical if it would still be enjoyable as an adult, and I was pleasantly surprised. This movie had great visuals, catchy songs, and a good story, and it still held up.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is about Jack Skellington, the Halloween pumpkin king, and he becomes bored of the same old Halloween scares. He then stumbles across the holiday of Christmas, and decides to have him and the other citizens of Halloween town take over christmas. What I enjoyed the most about this film was the way they used the songs to progress the story instead of delaying it. All of the musical numbers, good or bad, were used to either advanced the plot or gave exposition, and doing the opposite is what I don't like about some other musicals. The movie got to the point and didn't waste your time. The claymation was also incredibly used, and the animation was another one of the main highlights.

While all of these things were good about the film, I think that it didn't do anything special to make itself stand out from other similar films. The music, visuals, and story were good, but there are other movies with much better music, visuals and stories. Because of this I wouldn't call this film great, just sort of ok. Some songs were very good and impressive while others sort of fell flat. This doesn't mean that I didn't like the movie, but it wasn't anything special. The Nightmare Before Christmas was a good start to the Animated Musicals HoF, and I can't wait to watch more.