Many Christmas films are animated films. Some recent examples of this are "The Polar Express" and "Arthur Christmas." In 1993, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," a stop-motion film, was released. This movie is based on a story by Tim Burton, who produced the film. Like is other films, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is very dark and offbeat.
The main character in the film is Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town. He is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One night, Jack wanders through the woods and goes into a door that leads him to Christmas Town. He finds Christmas fascinating, even though he does not understand it. Jack convinces his friends in Halloween Town to help him do Christmas, but they do not understand it either.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" looks amazing. The character designs are very well done. These are not the plump, pastel characters often associated with children's cartoons, but angular adult figures depicted with a largely black, yellow, white and purple palette. One of the best characters in the film is Sally, who is created by a mad scientist. She is inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein. Sally is a doll who can stich on and off body parts. Another good character is the mayor of Halloween Town, who has two faces: one for when he is happy, and the other for when he is sad.
The film has many great musical numbers. One of the best in the film is the opening, where characters sing about Halloween Town. Viewers may find themselves humming tune for a few days.
There are many other impressive scenes in the film. An example is the final fight between Jack and the villain of the film.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a great choice for animation fans.