Question- who classifies this as a Halloween movie? It slots easily in the Halloween-Christmas period.
Our hero (and I’ll explain why I call him this) is Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of the town of Halloween. Jack becomes bored of celebrating the dark, spooky, scary holiday of Halloween and on a walk into the woods, he discovers the entrance to Christmas town, and loves the joyful, happy and creative holiday that is Christmas. So, he obviously decides to steal it!
There are few stop-motion movies I dislike, and the older they are, the more I find I like, and even appreciate them. The movie is actually based on a poem Tim Burton wrote in the early 80s, and Disney was very keen to make a sequel (thank lord they didn’t). It’s a musical, which might put some people off, but because the movie itself is quite dark the songs aren’t annoying.
I refer to Jack as ‘our hero’ because, well, that’s what he is. He is good-natured and ambitious, and on occasions, very few occasions, scary. Also, he has a love interest, in the form of Sally. She was created by a mad doctor who keeps her hostage, but often escapes. However, for 95% of the time, Jack chooses not to be scary, and only shows his darker side when his friends are in need of his help. He is kind and rescues Sandy Claws and Sally from the Oogie Boogie monster, and most importantly, knows right from wrong. Don’t get me wrong though; there are scary parts in the movie. Oogie Boogie is a little terrifying, and he’s made of horrible maggots.
The score (and Jack’s singing voice) is by Danny Elfman, and the soundtrack is original and popular- check out the numerous covers of the songs from the movie by Marilyn Manson, Fallout Bo,y and many more.
Buy the 2008 special edition DVD- there are two Burton shorts in the extras- Vincent and Frankenweenie. Vincent is narrated by Vincent Price and is about a young boy who wants to be Price, and tries to live a dreary depressing life and recites Edgar Allen Poe poetry. Frankenweenie is a half hour short film with the same storyline (condensed) as the animated movie of the same name released a few weeks ago. The dog is adorable.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is ultimately a feel good movie. It starts off dark, and sure, there’s scenes that are a bit scary, but it’s about one of the happiest holidays of all, Christmas.
Take a Drink: for every song
Take a Drink: every time the Mayor switches faces
Down your Drink: for the mention of a holiday other than Christmas or Halloween.