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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Critic Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.

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Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.

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Cast

Chris Sarandon
as Jack Skellington
Danny Elfman
as Jack Skellington
Ken Page
as Oogie Boogie
William Hickey
as Scientist
Ed Ivory
as Santa
Gregory Proops
as Harlequin Demon/Devil/Sax Player
Randy Crenshaw
as Mr. Hyde/Behemoth/Vampire
Sherwood Ball
as Mummy/Vampire
Carmen Twillie
as Undersea Gal/Man Under the Stairs
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Critic Reviews for The Nightmare Before Christmas

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (25)

Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year.

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Los Angeles Times
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This full-length animated movie was shot in stop motion, with all the febrile, twittery fascination that the medium exerts; it has a magic-toy shop feeling, with unexpected objects stuttering into life.

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New Yorker
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Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen.

Full Review… | December 3, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.

Full Review… | December 3, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic.

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Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Nightmare Before Christmas

Ghoulish & frightful scenery and presentation, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a seasonal treat that is eerily swell. From its effortless animation to its splendid musical numbers, Tim Burton's original tale is majestic and visionary. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

With an impeccable production design, a deliciously ghoulish, German Expressionist feel to its story and an excellent soundtrack replete with inspired songs, this delightful movie is even more surprising thanks to the perfect way that it combines animation and stop motion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

the most magical film ever created by the mind of tim burton. It truly captures your imagination, you feel magic, wonder, and fear while watching it and you come back to the real world satisfied at the end truly one of the best

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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