The Nightmare Before Christmas Review

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Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” released in 1993 and directed by Henry Selick, is a stop-motion musical film that follows the king of Halloween town, Jack Skellington, as he attempts to take over Christmas after stumbling across a series of doors that lead to other holidays.  

After the success of another Halloween, Jack slips away from the celebration and wanders through a cemetery to get some space away from everyone else. As he takes his walk through the night and into the morning, Jack stumbles across the doors to the other holidays and chooses to walk through the door to Christmas Town. 

After the disaster of Jack replacing Santa, Jack returns to Halloween town, intending to return Santa to his own holiday, but he finds Santa and Sally in the clutches of Oogie Boogie. Once Oogie is defeated, Santa saves Christmas, and Jack and Sally live happily ever after.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is an all-time favorite of many generations. Despite being a Halloween film, viewers can watch this movie at any point of the year and never be bored by it. Most people are at least familiar with the opening song of the film, unless they have been living under a rock or just do not enjoy the spooky Christmas theme. There is nothing bad that can be said about the film, or if there is, someone would be hard pressed to find it. 

With the original release being 1993, the technology used has since been greatly improved; many fans of the film might appreciate a remake. However, Tim Burton said that he is very protective of the movie when it comes to making sequels. In 2001 when Disney was toying with the idea of using computer animation to make a sequel, Burton convinced them otherwise because “it was important to kind of keep that purity of it,” according to MTVnews.  

Back in February 2019, it was reported that a new film was in the works with Disney considering a stop-motion or live-action remake. Chris Sarandon, the actor that voiced Jack, announced in October of that year that he would be interested in reprising his role if the remake ever materialized. 

Rating: 10/10