Sunday, 20 December 2009


Director: Henry Selick
Producer & Writer: Tim Burton
Running time: 6 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): PG

Watched on Sky+ Sunday 20th December 2009.


I was flicking channels this morning when I noticed that ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ was coming on next on one particular channel. Quickly I set my trusty Sky+ box to record. And so late this afternoon I settled down to watch this wonderful film that I have seen just once before. It was great to watch it again and even better than the first time I watched it!

Here’s a quick summary: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town is a bit disenchanted with the whole Halloween thing. He goes for a walk in the woods with his dog and they come across a grove of trees with strange symbols on their trunks, like doors. Intrigued with the door that looks like a decorated fir tree he opens it and is transported to Christmas Town. There he is enchanted with the whole idea of Christmas and a plan starts to form. Halloween Town would make Christmas their own next year with Jack playing the role of Santa. He gets the Mayor to organise all the ghosts, ghouls, vampires and various creatures of the night to make presents and he gets Sally to make his costume, although she has misgivings about the whole affair. For the plan to work they must kidnap Santa Claus and he selects Lock, Stock and Barrel for this task, although they are in league with the evil Oogie Boogie. With preparations all made and Santa safely tucked away, Jack sets off to distribute joy and presents to the world… or so he thinks…

As I said at the beginning, I found this film both enchanting and wonderful. From the imagination of Tim Burton I guess we could expect no less. Everything from the way the animation is done to the many songs, it was quite a wild ride, but one well worth taking! Great performances from the voice talents of Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington (singing) / Barrel / Clown with the Tear away Face, Chris Sarandon as Jack Skellington (speaking), Catherine O'Hara as Sally / Shock, William Hickey as Dr. Finkelstein, Glenn Shadix as Mayor, Paul Reubens as Lock, Ken Page as Oogie Boogie and Edward Ivory as Santa.

Over all, a truly magical journey through a really strange take on Christmas, but one that will leave you most satisfied. If you haven’t seen it before I can highly recommend it, but maybe not for the very young though.

My score: 8/10

IMDb Site:
Official Site: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney site)

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