The nightmare before Christmas

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This stop-motion animated fable was a big hit when it was released -- not only at the box office, but critically. It was praised for its stunning originality and for the excellence of its execution. In addition, it was praised for being a completely absorbing fable that both grownups and children can enjoy, so long as the children are able to its handle scary bits (beginning perhaps at age seven or eight). In the story, Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon) is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a realm of reality where the inhabitants make it their life's work to scare humans on Halloween. He's good at his work, and is very popular around town, but it all bores him. In a funk one day, he wanders into a wood where every tree is the doorway to realms serving one or another human holiday, and falls through the doorway into Christmas. There, he sees scenes of such glee and good will that he is overwhelmed. He returns to Halloweentown with the inspiration to persuade his fellow citizens to kidnap Santa and do Christmas in their own Halloweentown way -- complete with snakes and shrunken heads. Despite strong arguments against this project by Jack's otherwise loyal girlfriend, Sally (voice of Catherine O'Hara), Santa (voice of Edward Ivory) is duly captured, and the townspeople prepare a very special Christmas for everyone. Jack is excited about the new plan, and at first doesn't notice that Sally isn't around much anymore. Meanwhile, Oogie Boogie (voice of Ken Page), a sinister opponent of Jack's, has re-kidnapped Santa and has captured Sally as well. Since Sally is the true love of Jack's life and (he eventually realizes) the only one who can be relied upon to tell him the truth in every circumstance, a confrontation with Oogie Boogie becomes inevitable. In addition to being a monumental work of animation (it took over 120 animators and many more technicians more than two years to film it), this show features ten very appropriate musical numbers by composer Danny Elfman, who also supplies Jack's singing voice. In October 2006, fans of the innovative animated classic got to experience The Nightmare Before Christmas in a whole new dimension when the film was re-released into theaters in Disney Digital 3-D -- a process developed to add remarkable new depth to films that were originally released in standard 2-D. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID682ccbcc-58c9-3249-904b-1c56006ae0cd
Grouping Titlenightmare before christmas
Grouping Authorwalt disney pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-11-22 12:50:58PM
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auth_author2Burton, Tim, 1958-
Di Novi, Denise.
Elfman, Danny.
Hickey, William, 1928-1997.
Ivory, Ed.
Kozachik, Pete.
Lee, Christopher, 1922-2015.
McDowell, Michael, 1950-1999.
O'Hara, Catherine.
Page, Ken.
Reubens, Paul, 1952-
Sarandon, Chris.
Selick, Henry.
Shadix, Glenn.
Thompson, Caroline, 1956-
author2-roleBuena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)
Burton, Tim,1958-
Burton, Tim,1958-Nightmare before Christmas.
Burton/Di Novi (Firm)
Di Novi, Denise.
Elfman, Danny.
Hickey, William,1928-1997.
Ivory, Ed.
Kozachik, Pete.
Lee, Christopher,1922-2015.
McDowell, Michael,1950-1999.
O'Hara, Catherine.
Page, Ken.
Reubens, Paul,1952-
Sarandon, Chris.
Selick, Henry.
Shadix, Glenn.
Thompson, Caroline,1956-
Touchstone Pictures.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment (Firm)
Walt Disney Pictures.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
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display_descriptionJack Skellington is the King of Halloween. He becomes bored with the same routine every year. He decides to take a walk in the woods. There, he discovered a door leading to Christmastown and decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. When he is back in Halloweentown he shows his friends what Christmas is like, and he suggests doing Christmas this year instead. But things do not go as planned when Oogie Boogie, an evil gambling boogey man, plots to play a game with Santa Claus' life and creates a nightmare for all the good little boys and girls everywhere. Although Sally attempts to stop him, Jack embarks into the sky on a coffin-like sled pulled by skeletal reindeer.
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seriesDisney DVD
series_with_volumeDisney DVD|
Animated films
Burton, Tim, -- 1958- -- Film adaptations
Christmas films
Christmas plays
Fantasy films
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Good and evil -- Drama
Good and evil -- Juvenile drama
Halloween -- Drama
Halloween -- Juvenile drama
Musical films
Santa Claus -- Juvenile drama
Santa Claus. -- Drama
Sleds -- Drama
Sleds -- Juvenile drama
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayThe nightmare before Christmas
title_fullThe nightmare before Christmas / Walt Disney Pictures presents ; produced by Tim Burton, Denise di Novi ; screenplay by Caroline Thompson ; directed by Henry Selick
The nightmare before Christmas / [presented by] Walt Disney Pictures ; Touchstone Pictures presents a Burton/Di Novi production ; produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi ; screenplay by Caroline Thompson ; directed by Henry Selick
The nightmare before Christmas [videorecording] / [presented by] Walt Disney Pictures ; produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi ; screenplay by Caroline Thompson ; directed by Henry Selick ; adaptation by Michael McDowell
title_shortThe nightmare before Christmas
topic_facetBurton, Tim
Good and evil
Santa Claus