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Tim Burton Mashes Holidays In The Nightmare Before Christmas

Updated on August 12, 2014

More than ten years ago, Tim Burton showed us The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's a mash-up, it's a hodgepodge, it's a mess, and it's amazing. I never saw it in the theater, but I wish that I had.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, who's the leader of Halloweentown, and he is to Halloween, what Santa Claus is to Christmas. The movie begins the morning after another amazingly successful evening if frightful Halloween adventures that Jack brought to the world of the living, and his minions are congratulating him. He accepts the praise of his constituents, who include a faceless clown, vampires, witches, dead and undead, as well as a mayor with both a deviously happy face and an evil face.

After the ceremony, he retreats by himself to skulk, and sort through his thoughts. He's the absolute best at what he does, but he's not happy. It's then that he stumbles upon another place, and it's Christmastown. He sees the holiday lights and cheer, and the joy in their faces. This gives him the idea that there's more to life than scaring, and he decides Halloween is not the only holiday he'll be handling from now on.

The movie is actually a musical, and although I'm not usually a fan of this type of thing, it's this that makes it all worth while. Take for example, what Jack says, while appreciating Christmastown, "There's children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads, They're busy building toys, and absolutely no one's dead!"

And what really sets things into motion, is Jack's strange interpretations of how Christmas should be handled. He initially explains Christmas as being jolly, but then later, he uses the following to describe old St. Nick. "And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky! And they call him, Sandy... Clawssss...!"

All quotes came from IMDB

The truth, however, is the magic of this movie is in the visuals. It's creative, and stunning, and just plain weird. The music is silly, from the song by the kids, Lock, Shock and Barrel, to the one sung by the chief boogeyman villain, Oogie-Boogie. It's visually stunning, and creative on every level.

As weird as this movie may seem, this is a family movie, and kids will love this more than adults. The movie originally hit theaters on October 29, 1993, and ran all the way through to Christmas, in some areas. It's hard to classify this as either a Halloween or a Christmas movie, but one thing is for certain, it is an amazing journey from start to finish. So, why not check it out today.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [Blu-ray]
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [Blu-ray]

This is an eerily similar movie to Nightmare without the singing. Not as family friendly, but still very good.

Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The one that put Tim Burton on the map as goth comic gold.

Edward Scissorhands [Blu-ray]
Edward Scissorhands [Blu-ray]

This was Tim Burton's follow up to Beetlejuice, in which he showed a more sensitive side to his characters.

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington drawn by Me
Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington drawn by Me

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      Jackson Thom 4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Arachnea: It sounds like you've seen a lot of great Tim Burton movies. They're all real good!

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      Tanya Jones 4 years ago from Texas USA

      Of the ones you mention above, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissor Hands are the only two movies I've watch which were done by Tim Burton. Though I've not watched the one you reviewed above, I can see why it was well liked. Of his movies, I've seen these: Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, Big Fish, Batman Returns and Batman Forever. Loved the review.