Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1993. Touchstone Pictures. Story by Tim Burton, Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, adaptation by Michael McDowell. Cinematography by Pete Kozachik. Produced by Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi. Music by Danny Elfman. Production Design by Deane Taylor. Film Editing by Stan Webb. Academy Awards 1993. Golden Globe Awards 1993.
Awe-inspiring animation is the highlight of this excellent musical that teams Disney up with the brilliantly whacky mind of Tim Burton. The story is of Jack Skellington, a skeleton with a pumpkin head who reigns as King of Hallowe’en Town (the place where Hallowe’en comes from, of course). Jack is tired of the mundaneness of his life and seeks to branch out a little more. When he accidentally ends up in Christmas Town, he sees a brilliant idea before him: kidnap Santa Claus and take care of Christmas himself! Lots of timely messages, plus a beautiful score by Danny Elfman, abound, and the characters are delightful.