Quick Film Guide: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Directed by Henry Selick

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an “unlikely” holiday classic from the gothic mind of Tim Burton, who came up with its story. It is also regarded as a landmark of stop-motion animation filmmaking.

The film is a perfect balance of whacky and dark. It tells the Grinch-like story of the King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington, who sets out to become a Santa Claus to oversee the Christmas festivities his own way.

Directed by Henry Selick – whose works recall the spirit of Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince AchmedThe Nightmare Before Chrismas is complemented not only by a soundtrack full of memorable tunes but also a dark sense of humor that makes it equally palatable for kids and grown-ups.

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