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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Updated on November 14, 2011

A gothic fairy tale like no other

Tim Burton brings his gothic touch to the big screen for the holidays. The film is about Jack Skellington a.k.a. "The Pumpkin King", whom runs halloween town. Unsatisfied with his success of running halloween every year, he decides to take a crack at another holiday to spice things up. When he visits Christmas Town by accident, Jack decides that he could run the holiday far better. Kidnapping old saint nick, but things go astray when Jack discovers that running x-mas is easier said than done. Jack's nemesis, Boogey, takes Santa from Jack, and it's up to Jack to set things right when his girlfriend convinces him of his errors. I'll admit this film isn't your typical run of the mill holiday classic, but it's definitely one of the most unique films I've ever seen. Plus, the visuals are just mind boggling. Definitely, a great film to watch for the holidays.

Burton's dark gothic tone for the film shouldn't be too disturbing or scary to younger viewers. Burton uses a light tongue in cheek approach; similar to his film, "Beetlejuice." Watching Burton's unique take on the holidays, reminded me of "How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas" (cartoon version) was when I first saw it. However, I'm not saying that this film is as good as the Dr. Suess story or trying to compare them together, but they're similar in a sense that they're unique holiday films. Both capitalize on the meaning of Christmas, yet telling it in their unique untraditional way.

As for the animation itself, it was truly amazing. The visuals will blow the mind of anyone watching. Done in stop motion animation, Burton is able to produce one of Hollywood's visual masterpieces.

Burton's brings his holiday movie to the big screen. Featuring great visuals, and a unique story that'll keep viewers glued to the screen. Definitely, a must see holiday film.


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