Nightmare Before Christmas – Disneycember

This is Halloween…or Christmas?

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  1. I like that the movie doesn’t resort to spastic pop culture references and keeps within its own world. I liked Aladdin, but I’ve always considered the kind of referencing like Robin Williams did as a cop-out of sorts. Like the writers didn’t think the world could stand on its own, so they had to make these modern references just to hold people’s attention.

  2. “And what did Santa get you, honey?”

    While “The Nightmare Before Christmas” isn’t my absolute favorite film (as “there can be only one” =3), I DO love this film to death, have for decades, and every so often I find myself singing along to the soundtrack — an absolutely terrific pick-me-up, especially “Jack’s Lament.” I can definitely agree with Doug that the film’s simplicity is its charm as it’s not necessarily the kind of movie you need to be fully invested in, at least with regards to character and story and dynamics… more like the kind you can just sit back and relax with.

    (And thanks to Yahtzee I have my own set of Oogie Boogie dice — great for Dungeons & Dragons!)

  3. I hate to nitpick, but this movie was only BASED on Tim Burton’s story. He did not direct this. He did not even write the screenplay. He was a producer, and it is clear that he did have a lot of influence on the film, but I think this movie belongs jointly to Henry Selick, Danny Elfman, and Tim Burton. It really irks me that Selick gets no credit for the beautiful work he did in this film. 🙁

    And how did you not mention Jack’s Lament?! What a masterpiece of a song! “Bare bones” (cough cough) character development and plot is all you need when the emotions are so visceral.

  4. I hope Doug does Whisper of the Heart. I’m not sure it Disney put it out though, or if it fits the criteria for the studio Ghibli films he’s doing.

  5. This Stop-Motion classic like all stop-motion anything is the most difficult animation medium to make, I mean I saw the Behind-The-Scenes of this film which I have on Blu Ray and believe me the process is extremely difficult with two years or three years of production and 500 or 600 or more individual puppets shot in a painstaking frame by frame process on a model stage of Halloween, Christmas, and Real Human World Town.

  6. My point is the story of Nightmare Before Christmas had to be simple because the production was already so freaking difficult for example Jack Skellington had about a hundred interchangeable face parts among other things well I hope you now know Doug.

  7. I do not look forward in seeing him review Howl’s Moving Castle. Unless that comment he made on it in the Ponyo review was a joke, I do not look forward to him bashing on it.
    I am excited to see Doug review Wreck-it Ralph and Frozen, though.

  8. Not going to lie, I was just wondering if you had reviewed this or not while at work tonight.
    *Casper voice* TIMING!

  9. Technically its not a Tim Burton Film. While it is based off of his children’s book it is ultimately a Henry Selick film (the director) and the script was adapted and written by Caroline Thompson and Michael Mcdowell

  10. I just love this film…..Songs are great. Butron did a wonderfull job on this movie

  11. The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been my annual Christmas movie.
    At Halloween I usually watch Labyrinth. Because if you ever want to be truly scared, you need look no further than David Bowie dancing around in a codpiece.

  12. This film is… eh, for me, it’s pretty “meh.” I get bored or at least turned off by the 30 minute mark and the creep factor ruins a lot of it for me. The Batman movies are okay, but any other Tim Burton film (yes, I’m going with calling it a Tim Burton film because of the creepy familiar character designs and intense use of black) rubs me the wrong way. So many of them are praised, and I’m sure they’re not as bad as I consider them to be, but I just cannot get past how ugly, creepy, or even macabre these movies have. Sometimes I feel like I’m having an acid trip when I watch them (*coughBEETLEJUICEcough*).

    TL;DR: The animation is amazing, but that’s as far as I go. I’ll stick with my bright, colorful hand-drawn Disney Renaissance, thanks.

  13. I’d like to see a WYNKA on this. There’s quite a few things I’ve spotted throughout watching it back.

  14. I guess one problem i might have with this movie is that i kinda suffers from overexposure. These days the movie is played on tv CONSTANTLY during both holiday seasons, which can kinda make one get sick of it after a while. But that’s really not the movie’s fault, then, is it? It’s not exactly a new thing to have a bunch of tv networks milking the shit out of something that’s popular.

    Also, btw, ever since i was a kid, i always wondered what was behind some of the other holiday doors.

  15. Doug I’m a bit disappointed that you never brought up the fact that people still are under the misconception that Tim Burton didn’t direct this film. The film was actually directed by Henry Selick, but Burton gets recognition for directing because his name is in the title. In reality he only produced & wrote it. Henry Selick gets cheated out of a lot of recognition now because of this. He also directed James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, but because those movies were advertised as “from the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas”, people always think those movies were directed by Tim Burton.

  16. We just got done watching The Nightmare Before Christmas yesterday during my senior literature class. Since our class was studying about Gothic literature and watched Marry Shelly’s Frankenstein and the animated “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. We are going to watch the “Polar Express” next week and will be drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows!

  17. Hmm, are you also reviewing Corpse Bride this Disneycember =)?

  18. If you are updating on older Disney movies, I recommend “That Darn Cat” (with Dean Jones and Hayley Mills) and “The Ugly Dachshund”(also with Dean Jones).

  19. I love this movie but i have to say that it’s not my number 1 favorite of tim burton I have to say that spot is for corpse bride or charlie and the chocolate factory because they are dark and they have miss carter in one but johnny in another

  20. Not quite one of my favorite animated movies of all time, but I do like it – more than Batman, Edward Scissorhands, or most of the Tim Burton movies people have been mentioning here, actually. (I know, he didn’t direct it.)

  21. This came out when I was 14 and I liked it, but it’s not an all time favorite for me, so I’m on the same page. I still enjoy it, the visuals are stunning and I do like the idea of that grove of trees leading to other holiday lands. Sally the stitched up rag doll was so inventive that she’s hands down my favorite character, and it’s all good fun, just not my absolute favorite Tim Burton. That one is “Pee Wees Big Adventure!”

  22. I love this movie and it just swells with atmosphere and just so full of life. I always enjoy watching it again and again.

  23. It’s probably one of the most creative movies I’ve ever scene and your right about Danny Elfman’s part to the movie and it’s one where he’s on top of the world

  24. Why wasn’t this on your last of favorite Christmas movies?! Well, maybe it was more of a Halloween movie. Come on, it has Christmas in the name! I love the visuals and songs. I think the only bad part is that I do feel the romance with Jack at the end is rushed. It’s also interesting how Jack doesn’t get what he wants, but actually learns something.

  25. It’s pretty good, but I wouldn’t call it great. Now, Corpse Bride on the other hand, is brilliant.

  26. Ah, Tim Burton and Henry Selick. Not only proving that stop motion was a viable medium for feature films, but championing it to the point where there are now more big-budget stop motion films produced in America now than hand-drawn ones (which is to say, any at all). Granted, that may have more to do with the fact that stop-motion films can be shot in 3D, and of course all big-budget movies are required to be in 3D now.

  27. Tim Burton didn’t direct this movie. Henry Sellick did! And it’s not hour and a half long, it’s only 78 minutes WITH CREDITS! So it’s the perfect length for such a simple story.

  28. I always think of this more of as a christmas film you watch around Thanksgiving. I actually watched for the first time last christmas and it was good, but was surprised at how short the movie is. Only 70 minutes long. Then again stop motion animation is a pain in the ass to do so I understand.

    Finally, it IS a Tim Burton movie. I know he only produced it, but it’s got his thumbprints all over it and he couldn’t direct it cause he was busy with Batman Returns.

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