Nightmare Before Christmas – Disneycember

This is Halloween…or Christmas?

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80 Comments on "Nightmare Before Christmas – Disneycember"

Ikrani
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Hey, Doug, are you ever going to get around to Muppet Treasure Island?

Sassafrasshash
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Oh yes that’s an awesome idea!

The Mysterious M
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My second favorite Tim Burton movie (after Bettlejuice). I also like what Burton did. He made a movie that is really intended for two separate holidays; Halloween and Christmas.

kurama4ever
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But Tim Burton didn’t direct Nightmare Before Christmas (only produed). But yeah still his creation since its based on his short story.

The Mysterious M
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And goddamn “The Oogie Boogie Song” is catchy as hell

Ikrani
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I don’t know. Yeah, it’s catchy, but most of the lyrics boil down to Oogie Boogie saying, “You’re funny, I’m laughing” over and over again. That’s not to say I don’t like the song, but it’s what stops me from loving it like other villain songs.

BasementofNerds
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More like “Your joking”, I still enjoy that song greatly. I think everyone has their own favorites with these songs, mine being Poor Jack and Kidnap the Sandy Claws. All the songs are fantastic.

Megapala
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My personal favs are the intro and Jacks Lament 😀 but yeah every single song in this is great! 😀

The Mysterious M
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I actually remember the book…okay not really. I own the Blu-ray release of the movie. A special feature of the movie is that there’s an animated retelling of Burton’s original poem… narrated by Christopher Lee

Moon Spirit
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Yup, this is a huge hit for us nerds and geeks, but even musicians as well. They released a compilation album of various famous musicians doing their covers of the movie’s music and such. My favorites are definitely Marilyn Manson’s “This is Halloween,” KoRn’s “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” (yeah I like this band but not as much as before), and Rise Against’s “Making Christmas.” They really made these songs their own and I love them.

ImaginaryGirl
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I’d say that one or two of the characters have a little more complexity, particularly Sally. It’s just that a lot of the complexity is unspoken. I didn’t catch on to it as a kid, but the scene where she jumps from the tower could be seen as an allegory for suicide as an ‘escape’ from her circumstances. I don’t want to read to much into things that might not be there, but that is the implication I got from the way the scene was built up. To me, this adds some layers of complexity to her situation.

nitemareblade
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I always remember trying to watch this as a kid and never getting the chance and even trying to record it at night during Christmas and it only recording 30mins of it. I finally brought it on DVD when I was 16 after getting a part job and SO glad I did.I still have it and I watch it every Christmas 😀

BlackPumpkinAiri
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hell when i was Little i useto be Scared of this movie but now I’m Damn right obsessed

HeroguyX
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doug pretty much summed up why i don’t like this film; it looks good & sounds good but it’s not good imo. the characters and plot are thin, the love story is worse than twilight (edward & bella spent a lot more time together onscreen in the first movie than jack & sally ever did) & things just happen with no explanation of how or why; how come sally can get psychic visions ? never explained. yeah, yeah fairy tale logic, that doesn’t make this movie better.

AdrianaUruguay
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I completely agree with you.

Dethhollow
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No, while Edward and Bella spend more time in their 3 romance-based films together, I’d still say that Jack and Sally are a better couple. All Edward and Bella ever care about is “lets have sex and who cares about anything else?”, even though it ends up harming both of them and countless others to be together. Edward doesn’t care if she’s safe or even if she’s happy, he just cares if she’s alive and if he can get to her. Same goes for Bella, she doesn’t care what she puts Edward through or how much it torments him, she… Read more »
kelandwood
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Yeah, I feel that relationship is the heart of the movie and makes it more than just a crazy kids film. Twilight’s relationship is “yay, we’re in love”, but Sally and Jack’s relationship is “I need you in my life and will protect you no matter what”.

Dumbledore the Grey
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“Bare-boned” Was this intentional?

PeanutCrunch
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While I’m definitely not as “into” the movie as I was as a kid, at the same time I remember just how into the experience of it I was. Also, prior to mass merchandising, it was a bit of a calling card among friends. I remember how enthused I was to finally see it come back via Kingdom Hearts. If I did want to change one thing, I would have gone with the original ending where Oogie Boogie was controlled by Dr. Finklestein. It honestly made a lot more sense than…well, bugs…and while you could argue the odd result might… Read more »
PeanutCrunch
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I guess I should add that, yes, the simplicity is what allows everything to shine the way it does.

JIMENOPOLIX
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I was hoping he would bring up that joke that they made where Jack delivers the first gruesome toy, and the police man asks, “Attacked by Christmas toys? That’s strange. That’s the second toy complaint we’ve had.” I reckon that’s a reference too “Child’s Play”, a Christmas film with Chucky the killer doll. And it’s made funnier because the cop in “Child’s Play” is the (speaking) voice of Jack Skellington!

Mahasamatman
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Just so you know, Tim Burton didn’t actually direct this; Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach) did. Burton produced it and even wrote the book it was based on, so you call it a Burton film.

This was one of my favorite films as a kid, and it still holds up today. Certainly a classic for years to come.

Steve the Pocket
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What’s kind of funny is that the advertising for “Coraline” took full advantage of this confusion by constantly saying it was “from the director of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas'” without ever clarifying who that actually was. (His name is even hard to find on the DVD case; it’s buried in those skinny credits that are hard to read.) Selick may be the only director ever to benefit from people NOT knowing he worked on such a popular movie.

Eltrio2
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What I love about this movie is that this is Jacks story. We can all relate to feeling like we’re in a rut and just need something new. To see him go from sadness to instant child like joy in a snap is really amazing to me. I also like how at first he tried to explain why it gave him joy by logical means. Really appeals to the skeptic in me. The scene where he has been shot down by the freaking army and then acknowledges that he may have ruined everything. Saying that he was just trying to… Read more »
BlackPumpkinAiri
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i agree also i always wondered who are the rest of the 7 hoiday leaders are all we know is
Jack, The Easter bunny and Santa

BlackPumpkinAiri
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its funny i watched this Movie so many times that i know it by heart

Emilie Bennett
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I’ve read that The Nightmare Before Christmas was going to come after Aladdin in the Disney Animated Canon, but it was deemed as “too scary”, so they put it under the Touchstone label and the next one was The Lion King. It’s a load because while TNBC can be scary, TLK was rather intense. There is a fine line between scary and intense, and I find the latter word to be harder to go through. Stop-motion isn’t generally my cup of tea, but I can always make an exception for this one. I was rather fond of Jack and especially… Read more »
Anon Tumahab
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Not to split hairs, but this movie is only 76 minutes. (I’m sure the animators had more than enough after only that long.) A bit short by film standards although “epic” by stop-motion movie standards (at least at the time). I think you made a good point about the “simplicity” though. And it worked out well in this case. It might be a better path to tread in the future, as it seems when remakes add “more back story” nowadays it usually doesn’t work out so good. I think I’m in the same camp as you, too. My personal faves… Read more »
PhantomOfTheKnight
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One of my five favourite films of all time, though I thought this Disneycember was gonna focus on more underrated Disney films alongside the Ghibli films. If you want an underrated Burton film under the Disney label, look no further than Frankenweenie.

agoodname
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I really like this movie. Though I do agree that the characters aren’t that complex, I think they are really likable. Jack’s really fun and Sally’s cute and sweet. The stop-motion is great and the songs are amazing and memorable.

It’s a fun little fairy tale.

bluetyphoon678
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I honest to god feel like I am the only one who just does not like this movie. Don’t get me wrong, the stop motion animation is great, but this bored me to death when I saw it as a child and can’t even sit through 1 minute of it as an adult. I just consider it vastly overrated.

AdrianaUruguay
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Yeap.

TooMuchFreeTime
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Anyone notice that Lock Shock and Barrel DISAPPEAR for 34 days?! They grab the Easter Bunny in like an hour, but when they are sent back we get the Making Christmas scene which starts the clock at 35 days and they don’t grab Santa til Christmas Eve!

I still absolutely LOVE this movie though.

Brad Dotson
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Anyone know what music Critic used for the background in this review? Its so perfect and I love it!

Daikun
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Despite his name being plastered on the title, this is hardly a Tim Burton movie. Like, at all. He didn’t direct it, he didn’t produce it–heck, he didn’t even write it (he only wrote the original poem, which was later adapted into a screenplay by different people). He was barely even on set the entire time the film was in production.

It’s better not to refer to this as a Tim Burton movie, since he had jack squat to do with it.

jean-luc.2305
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I was just gonna point out the same thing. The Burton name dropping on this has a definite Tom Clancy vibe to it.

TheRavenLord
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Yeah, it bugged me too that Doug kept calling it a Tim Burton movie. Especially since he KNOWS that Henry Selick directed it.

Still, NBC does have a very Burton-y look and feel, maybe that’s what Doug meant?

JediPrime21
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Nightmare Before Christmas is my absolute favorite movie of all time. Since I am artistic, musical, and loves good visual story telling, this movie has all the elements I enjoy: Art, music, and great story telling through visual presentation. Plus, I grew up watching this movie and I still watch it every Halloween and even Christmas.

I love Transformers, but this tops it off. It shall always be my favorite movie ♡

happymel
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This movie was spoiled for me. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I couldn’t get past the half an hour mark! I know that I’m in the minority with that. I mean, I LOVE the visuals and stuff but this movie never grabs me. Also, this is one of the only musicals that I don’t like!

Rising Advent
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My Childhood. Right there on the screen everytime I see it.

Purdys
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This movie was unfortunately a big let down for me. It was one of those few movies that escaped my childhood and when I finally got around to watching it, I was a little bewildered at why ppl hailed it as one of the greats. However, like Doug, I love the visual creativity, the songs, and the concept itself it just awesome; again, just wish it had a bit more substance to it.

Xackadee
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Didn’t expect so much singing when I first saw this film, but once I got into it I found it really enjoyable. Jack as a character is very eccentric, so that’s always a plus. There’s a very good review for this film here that says more about it than I ever could, but be warned that it’s a long read. Worthwhile though: http://anthonydellarosa.com/?p=83 One of the key points of that review worth sharing on its own is the concept of Jack as a character and his struggles in the film being that of an artist. He’s like a symbol of… Read more »
fanis01
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This one is definitely my third favourite Disney movie, only beat by the fox and the hound and TRON.

I just love the style, designs, music and I love Sally. Blocking any live action or ghibli characters she probably is my favourite female Disney character, she’s in my top 10.

BasementofNerds
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I adore this movie, I’m the opposite of most I feel where I didn’t think much of it as a kid but grew more to like it more as I aged. Can’t explain it.

the1koolkitty
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I remember my mom telling me that when she first saw the trailer for this film, she thought it looked horrifying and refused to take me to see it because she thought it would scare me. Fortunately my dad was able to convince her to give it a chance (he at that point already loved Tim Burton as a director for Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Batman), and ever since then, the movie has become one of our family’s biggest holiday traditions, just as much as specials like the Muppet Christmas Carol, the Nutcracker ballet, and the How the Grinch… Read more »
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