Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

DVD - 1993
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The Pumpkin King tries to bring the magic of Christmas Town to Halloween Town, but some things are not meant to be so it's up to Sally, the rag doll, to make things right.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
Branch Call Number: J DVD FIC Tim
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm

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anonymouswe
Oct 17, 2020

I think I am just not the audience for this film - plus, a few friends really made the Jack/Sally love story out to be something amazing, their favorite love story of all time - but boy is it really missing from the film until the very end it jumps out of nowhere (not out of nowhere, you get the idea that Sally is pining for Jack, but Jack hardly notices her). IMO, that's just bad writing. Thus, I rated it a little lower because film, for me, is all about connecting with the audience and affecting something. If a film fails to do that, then it fails for me. The technology of the film was amazing - to consider all they did with stop motion. WOW. Mind-blowing - definitely top 10 stop motion films ever made (at least, to me, but then I might be considered too ignorant to make that call). There were some quality extras. Christopher Lee reciting the poem Tim Burton wrote before turning this into a movie, plus a pretty extensive making-of that will really give you a view into the 3 years it took them to do all this work. There is no question this is an amazing piece of stop-motion film-making craft - and for that aspect of it, 5 stars out of 5 is not enough. Some of the song scenes were pretty amazing as well. The story itself is incredibly imaginative. There is a lot to love about this film, and I see why people rate it so highly. I just did not get pulled in by the story as much as I wish I did. That Christmas Town was a complete rip-off of Whoville (or is it considered an homage?) and Jack romantically noticing Sally only at the end, out of nowhere, both took a bit away from it for me.

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Jnsm
Oct 08, 2020

this movie is one of the top 20 for me to watch. for kids, I will say it was the top 10 for sure this one is a good one for all ages. I do not know why they did not make number 2 but he died. but this movie is about jack (the main character in the movie) want's to do something new to do that is different, so he walks into a new place wich it is a forest with 6 or 5 doors (i don't know how Minnie doors) but he looks at a door that looks at a green Xmas tree (he does not know what it is) I'm not going to tell you all of it. but is a good one I have one to watch it is coco.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2020

I really enjoyed watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. The story line is very creative and unique, and kept me intrigued throughout the film’s entirety. Jack Skellington is a very interesting character, which makes this movie even more engaging to the audience. I liked the mix of Halloween and Christmas, because it was different, and can fit into multiple seasons. This movie has the perfect balance of humour, festivity, spookiness, suspense, action, and emotion, which makes it very entertaining and enjoyable for a variety of people. This film definitely sticks out in my mind, and I would highly recommend it to other viewers! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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diversekitty
Dec 15, 2019

I really wanted to enjoy this movie. I'm sorry. I know there must have been a lot of work put into it, but it's disgusting. Not "scary," just gross in a way that made me feel bad. I didn't know who to root for in this movie. The main girl is nice but she poisons her creator, which I know treats her poorly, but what sort of twisted vengeance is this movie trying to show as "good?" The main character, Skellington, is sort of adorable with all his optimism. He's prideful, and in the end his pride catches up with him....but it doesn't make sense. He's tired of Halloween, he wants the joy of Christmas, and when he doesn't get it he gives up and is happy about it. Don't we all want the joy of different holidays? He doesn't truly get that and it doesn't make sense why he's okay with going back to the same old. Everyone else in cruel and terrible to each other. No one, no one, has consequences for their actions. It made me feel awful. Thank God I didn't see this as a child...it would have scarred me. I know I'm sensitive, but I don't think I could recommend this movie for anyone.

ArapahoeSarah Oct 22, 2019

While this is one of the most creative films ever made, it is not necessarily my favorite Halloween movie. However, I do enjoy certain aspects of it, such as "This is Halloween, This is Halloween!" and the cute ghost dog, "Zero." I recommend that everyone see it at least once.

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

In a word; AMAZING. Not many films do double duty as both a Halloween and Christmas film, but "Nightmare" is perfect for both holidays! Tim Burton is pure genius! I can't fathom why anyone would call the songs in this movie "Horrible" unless they haven't bothered to really watch this film. This is a movie that both parents and kids can watch together. No gore or bad language here, but just enough "creepy-ness" and cheer to satisfy everyone!

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Classic

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Classic

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zero2hero
Dec 29, 2018

Is this a Halloween or Christmas movie? Or is it both?

I watched this movie before it has always been funny when everr i saw this part in the camercal what did give you hunny scream we both laughed my brother and i and they said that the boy was 7 yeasr old i worth on my paper a boy is 6 years old so i was very close .

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MKAL
Aug 19, 2014

the king of Halloween his face is bony he`ll make you scream, he is a nightmare that would seem, he is somewhat nice and somewhat caring but for sure he is daring, is not happy for his town of Halloween so he pulls a sceam to takeover Christmas throws Santa in a bag and the boogie man watches him bugs in a bag

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ManMachine
Oct 08, 2012

"And this year's first prize goes to the vampires for "Most Blood Drained".

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Dr. Finkelstein: That's twice this month you've slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off. Sally: Three times!

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Police officer: Attacked by Christmas toys? That's strange, that's the second toy complaint we've had.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Oogie Boogie Man: I am the shadow on the moon at night / Filling your dreams to the brim with fright.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

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