The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

HENRY SELICK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1993.  Touchstone Pictures.  Story by , Screenplay by , adaptation by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  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.

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