The Nightmare Before Christmas: A Freeform Movie Review
The Art of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on display at the El Capitan Theatre at a screening of “Nightmare Before Christmas” in 4D on October 30, 2011. Photo courtesy of Loren Javier on Flickr.
This Tim Burton classic, set in the whimsical and creepy world of “Halloween Town,” gives viewers the spirit of the holidays through months October to December. The story follows Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, and his journey of discovering Christmas and his passion to bring laughter and joy to the children of the world.
However, events turn from innocent to nefarious when Santa Claus gets kidnapped and Jack must step in as Santa himself. Creepy crawlies and songs of cheer are abundant throughout this movie, as Jack Skellington helps save Santa and Christmas itself.
Released in 1993, it features the impeccable vocals of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, and Catherine O’Hara. The claymation full length feature is a moving piece of art, delighting audiences of young and old for the past 20 years. The dark overtones of this film may be unsuitable for children under the age of five, but the sing-along quality songs are a family favorite.
I give this film a 5/5 stars for the original concept and beautiful execution of the story. The plot is a fresh take on classic Christmas movie themes, and is a fun alternative to the overtly-cheery holiday films usually seen in the season.