Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Nighmare Before Christmas

Movie Name: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Year of Release: 1993
Director: Henry Selick
Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Edward Ivory, Susan McBride, Debi Durst, Greg Proops, Kerry Katz
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 10

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" has become a classic since coming out in 1993. It's a perfect marriage of the universe and aesthetic of Tim Burton, with the universe of director Henry Selick (who went on to direct the fantastic "Coraline" and "James and the Giant Peach"). The film follows the story of Jack Skellington, the host of Halloweentown, who is in a funk, trying to regain his inspiration and trying to understand where he fits in. By chance he encounters Christmastown, as is totally enamored by that season and what it represents. With that in mind, he convinces everyone from his Halloween city to create a new Christmas, while giving Santa Claus, a well deserved vacation. The results though different, aren't necessarily well received by everyone. It's up to Jack and his lady, Sally, to save the whole holiday season.
Tim Burton's universe is always filled with central characters who are at odds with the universe that surrounds them. They are usually the loners and oddballs, who are sensitive and artistic, who therefore see the world quite differently. These are the heroes who learn to accept themselves as they are, and in the process, the same occurs to the social setting where they are immersed. This concept can be found in "The Nightmare Before Christmas", which is one of the most beautiful films committed to celluloid, aesthetically, musically and through its narrative. The film endures throughout the years, because it's central love story, the feeling of inadequacy, and the perfect joy that it depicts, are all truly unique. This is a film always worth revisiting and watching!