Film: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Opened: October 29, 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

Starring: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page, Ed Ivory & Paul Reubens

Though it’s argued whether this film is more for Halloween or Christmas, Disney has done well in capitalizing on it for both holidays.

Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon & Danny Elfman) is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town but longs for a change. When he accidentally stumbles into Christmas Town, he decides that he will lead Halloween Town in taking the winter holiday.

The stop-motion animation is incredible and chilling, enhanced by songs that will stick with you after the film finishes. However, the plot feels too much like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and doesn’t do overly much to differentiate itself.

Both Oogie Boogie (Ken Page) and the Mayor (Glenn Shadix) are iconic characters who steal the show with their over-the-top performances.

Final say: Keep this for Halloween and the Grinch for Christmas. ★★★☆☆

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