By T. Tvedt
Director: Henry Selick
Produced by: Tim Burton & Denise de Novi
Story by: Michael McDowell (adaptation)
Story and characters by: Tim Burton
Budget: $18 million
Box office: $76.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
If you don't like scary movies but still want to get in the mood during Halloween season, then this movie is perfect for you. And you can trust me when I say that it is not scary AT ALL!
The Nightmare before Christmas is a 76-minute-long stop-motion animated movie which was released in 1993.
The movies’ main character is Jack, a skeleton that talks. Yes, just from this you can tell that this movie is fictional, however it teaches very important lessons that can be applied to real life. Jack lives in Halloween Town, an ‘alternate world’ where all monsters and scary things live, and each year they plan a scarier Halloween for the people in our world. He prides himself in knowing that he is the best at scaring people. However, one day his ambition gets the best of him and tries to steal Santa’s job after he stumbles into Christmas Town. Jack is not happy enough with being in charge of Halloween and now wants to take control of Christmas as well. In the movie, you see a talking skeleton going around during Christmas eve giving Halloween-styled gifts (terrible presents might I add) and ruining Christmas for everyone. The film takes a comedic approach, and so the fact that this goes horribly wrong is hilarious! In the end Jack learns from his mistake, and Santa forgives him. Like all movies, a parallel love story between Jack and Sally (rag doll woman) occurs and a terrifying antagonist (Oogie) also brings conflict and tension to the story.