The Nightmare Before Christmas

Title: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Year: 1993
Director: Henry Selick
Writers: Michael McDowell & Caroline Thompson, based on a story by Tim Burton
Starring: Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
Music: Danny Elfman
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects; formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: the people who make Halloween happen take over Christmas
How I saw it: on video a number of times (used to have on DVD), most recently September 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for acting) c. 3.3/4 (Very good).

Great animation, design and concept. The music is kind of obnoxious (and Elfman’s singing performance is the main reason for taking off the acting point), but not bad for a musical.


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