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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A Halloween Town native, Jack Skellington attempts to bring the wonders of Christmas Town back home, but some things are better left alone.

Boys and Ghouls of every age wouldn't you like to see something strange? Like what happens when Halloween and Christmas suddenly collide. Tim Burton's stop-motion characters show you.

Is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? The debate rages on, so watch Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and the citizens of Halloween Town try to take over Christmas and see which category you think it should go.


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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 .

IndyPL_KaseyP Nov 05, 2018

This is a musical horror comedy for children, with Tim Burton directing and Oingo Boingo's Danny Elfman doing the music. If that isn't weird enough for you, a skull headed dandy kidnaps Santa. I'm weird. So, this all makes it just that much more heartwarming to me.

DBRL_DanaS Sep 17, 2018

One of my childhood favorites! I especially loved watching this around Halloween.

The animation is creepy, and even disturbing at times, but the music is surprisingly good. I also can't help but feel the Door Realm is an homage to The Magician's Nephew's Wood Between Worlds.

A lovely and weird delight that holds up extremely well 24 years later. The songs are very singable and the animation is perfect for this kind of story.

Despite having seen it earlier on Netflix, I watched it again, but this time on DVD and... it turned out it was a holiday classic retelling of Clement Moore's Twas the Night Before Christmas that is a must-see in November if you haven't already. The characters were unique, the setting looks so gorgeously "goffik", it makes you want to see the animation come to life in perfect detail with stop motion. At least, in behind the scenes, did you know it took more than five years to make? That takes a lot of hard work to produce!

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ManMachine
Dec 17, 2016

This weird, warped, and wonderfully good-natured, holiday, fantasy film is a highly-imaginative tale that has "Halloweentown's" very own Pumpkin King, the ever-charming, Jack Skellington, taking on the task of redefining Christmas in order to spread joy to the world in his own macabre way.

As things inevitably turn out, Jack's well-meaning "Holiday Season" mission unwittingly puts good, old Saint Nick (aka. Sandy Claws) in serious jeopardy once that mean'n'nasty brute, Oogie Boogie, gets into the act.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an extraordinarily entertaining tale that's filled-to-overflowing with the magic of song and the wonder of marvellous, first-rate visuals.

Constantly surprising - This film is truly a devilishly delicious treat that can be enjoyed by all ages, any old time of the year...... (*Watch video-clip*)

*Note* - I don't know about you, but, I, for one, sure wish that Tim Burton's name hadn't been so prominently attached to this particular picture..... Yeah. OK. Burton did, indeed, write the original story, but, hey, it was Henry Selick, not Burton, who so brilliantly directed this delightfully eerie classic.

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blue_porcupine_118
Dec 22, 2013

blue_porcupine_118 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

bfranc Dec 21, 2012

bfranc thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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spencerwilliam
Dec 04, 2012

spencerwilliam thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 5

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leila2you thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Apr 16, 2011

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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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