Tim Burton shows himself to be a genius by combining two big holidays, Christmas and Halloween, into one delightfully creepy story. Released for the first time in 3D Blu-ray this format really emphasizes the stop-motion animation and three-dimensional sets of the film.
Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon – The Princess Bride, Fright Night – 2011) is tired of playing the role each year of Halloween Town’s scary Pumpkin King. Out on a soul searching walk on day he stumbles upon the polar opposite of his home town in the bright and cheery Christmas Town. He is a changed…man.
Upon his return to Halloween Town he enlists some help to pull off the kidnapping of Santa Claus (Edward Ivory – Nine Months) and appoints himself the new deliverer of Christmas gifts to kids the world round. It does not go exactly as he planned out and so Jack tries to bring Santa back. That is going to be a little trick as the evil Oogie Boogie (Ken Page – Dreamgirls, All Dogs Go to Heaven) has him and is not willing to let him go.
Most of the time with some rare exceptions holiday movies are a bust. They just don’t seem to be able to capture the feeling of the holiday. This one is enjoyable and weird and by weird I mean totally in the Tim Burton style. Everything from dimensions of bodies to the way the holidays are portrayed are twisted around in a delightfully creepy, but highly watchable way. Who else could make us like a jazz playing zombie or scarecrow a la Frankenstein but Tim Burton? He has such a unique vision and such a fresh approach to storytelling that he has become a master at filmmaking.
Like other Tim Burton films this one is filled with As with most of Tim Burton’s signature stop motion films, The Nightmare Before Christmas is beautiful to look at. Very artistic. It’s most famous image is that which is on the cover of the blu-ray with Jack Skellington silhouetted against the moon. Again, creepy, but beautiful.
Though it is an animated picture I would probably stay away from showing it to kids younger than 6 as some of the images, situations and characters are a little scary.
-A Special Introduction by Tim Burton
-What’s This? Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour
-Frankenweenie Short Film
-Vincent Short Film
-Tim Burton’s Original Poem Narrated by Christopher Lee
-The Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
-The Worlds of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
-Storyboard to Film Comparisons
-Original Theatrical Trailers and Posters