The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Movie Review


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

1993 | PG | Fantasy, Animation, Family, Musical
76 minutes /

User Score: 83/100

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Review


Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is a 1h 16-min American stop-motion dark family-fantasy musical film that was produced and conceived by Tim Burton. The concept of The Nightmare Before Christmas derived from a poem Tim wrote in 1982. Director Henry Selick (Coraline (2009), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Monkeybone (2001)) did an extraordinary job executing this adventurous dark family movie that my kids (boys) love. The movie had an estimated budget of $18 million and grossed over $75 million at the box office.

The Nightmare Before Christmas tells us how Jack Skellington, who is a character from Halloween Town, stumbles through a portal that led him to Christmas Town where he decides to celebrate Christmas. The movie starts by showing us Holiday Woods, which is a forest that contains seven trees with doors leading to towns with various holidays. Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) is known as The Pumpkin King in Halloween Town, which is a fantasy world with werewolves, goblins, deformed monsters, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and witches. Jack is tired of the same thing every year but still leads everyone into organizing the annual Halloween holiday.

Jack discovers the seven doors while wandering the forest and accidentally opens the portal to Christmas Town where everyone is preparing for the annual Christmas holiday. Jack was filled with joy upon seeing the bright, festive colors and Christmas so he went back and told the Halloween Town residents of his discovery, but they fail to understand. Jack still upset, decides to tell the residents of Halloween Town that it is not fair for Christmas Town residents to be the only ones enjoying the Christmas Holiday and they shall take over the holiday. The movie progresses to take us on an incredible journey as Jack and his residents prepare for the Christmas holiday.

The movie was absolutely stunningly original containing excellent visually appealing elements/scenes, delightful stop-motion animation, extraordinary visual effects and a dazzling mix of fun and fright. It was 74 minutes of timeless movie magic where kids can enjoy the fantasy about the two holidays and adults can indulge in some light entertainment with songs, laughs, a little romance and complex characterization. I recommend all families see this film if you have not already because it is something that was unique when it came out. There are so many other movies that bite off of The Night Before Christmas, but this film will always hold a special place on my Christmas/Halloween movie list.

About The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993

Title: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Original Title: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D
Year: 1993
Runtime: 76 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Family, Musical
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.15/5 stars from 18 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 18
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Chris Sarandon, Glenn Shadix, William Hickey, David Randolph, Catherine O'Hara, Judi M. Durand, Doris Hess, Daamen J. Krall, Carmen Twillie, David McCharen, Joe Ranft, Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens, Glenn Walters, Mia Brown, Gary Schwartz, L. Peter Callender, Ann Fraser, Gary Raff, Jennifer Levey, Billie Hayes, Jesse McClurg, John Morris, Robert Olague, Ken Page, Bobbi Page, Edward Ivory, Elena Praskin, Susan McBride, Trampas Warman
Writers: Tim Burton, Michael McDowell, Caroline Thompson
Director: Henry Selick

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