Closing out our non-traditional holiday movies is a stop motion film that started off being somewhat underground to a modern-day holiday classic to most. But, of course, I’m talking about the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The film introduces us to Halloween Town, a place that lives and breathes all things spooky. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween, is starting to burn out after doing what feels like the same thing year after year. After stumbling into Christmas Town, Jack gets inspiration and decides to take over Christmas. What could possibly go wrong?
Is the movie a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? Without a doubt, it is both. We get a wonderful mix of Christmas, and Halloween influences that anyone can enjoy, not just at one specific time but all year round.
The movie has terrific and catchy music, thanks to Danny Elfman, whose music can be heard in various projects, including Batman Returns, Wednesday, The Simpsons, Tales from the Crypt, and his band Oingo Boingo. The characters are all enjoyable in their unique ways. They are brought to life thanks to the director Henry Selick whose works include Wendell and Wild, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline. Although simple, the story has a deep meaning that everyone can enjoy and gain.
You are missing out if you have yet to see this fantastic film. The Nightmare Before Christmas can be streamed on Disney+ or for rent on Redbox, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and Youtube.
I could go on and on, but I have a word limit, so I will say the film gets my rating of five coconuts out of five.
Thank you all for reading, have a good rest of your shift, and I will see you in the new year.
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