The Nightmare Before Christmas
As it’s almost Christmas, this week’s flik is the wonderful animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
The previously featured hottie Tim Burton is the brains behind this brilliant piece of animation, and his frequent collaborator Danny Elfman has written the music, and even sings the part of Jack Skellington (although actor Chris Sarandon does the character’s speaking voice). The film is directed by Henry Selick.
Basically, it is the story of Jack Skellington: the Pumpkin-King and ruler of Halloween Town (and my first animated-character-crush…). He accidentally discovers Christmas Town and decides to make Christmas his own for the year, though he fails to completely grasp the concept. Hilarity ensues.
Other characters include Sally, a girl sewn together by Professor Finklestein; Lock, Shock and Barrel: Halloween Town’s favourite trick-or-treaters; the Mayor and Oogie-Boogie.
Great story, great characters, great animation and great music. What more can you ask for? It will also get you in a christmassy mood (and, because it also deals with Halloween, there are two seasons of the year when you can legally watch it)!
If you’ve missed this gem, get hold of a copy right away! If you’ve seen it, why not rewatch it for the holidays?