Not enough can be said for the amazing claymation and brilliant design demonstrated in THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. It is distinctly Tim Burton, serving as a window into his beautifully dark and twisted imagination. The film has become a cult classic due to its unique style, superb animation, and unforgettable musical numbers, and with good cause. That being said, I have never liked the movie. I don't get it. If I don't put the subtitles on, I can't hear a god damned word they're saying, and I have never been a fan of musicals to begin with. This is the first time I have ever made it through the entire film, to be honest. That does not stop me from recognizing why it is popular and where it succeeds. I can truly appreciate the talent that went in to the crafting of the film, from the conception of each of the nightmarish characters to the time-intensive labor and dedication needed to pull off such flawless stop-motion animation. I love the contrast of the ghouls and goblins thrust into the cheery Christmas setting, but I just never seem to enjoy the film no matter how hard I try. Regardless, it is entirely different from any other film ever made, it shows an unmatched amount of craftsmanship, and it deserves its place as a classic in modern animation. Halloween Town is rocked when their leader Jack Skelington discovers the portal to Christmas Town, and decides to bring back the spirit of Christmas to the boys and ghouls of his dark and dreary domain.
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