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The Nightmare before Christmas

The Nightmare before Christmas

Henry Selick (1993)

73min
PG Certificate
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Only the deliciously demented imagination of Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton could have come up with such a dark vision of the holiday season. Producing here, Burton called on the services of innovative animation director Henry Selick and composer Danny Elfman (a regular Burton collaborator, who wrote the ten surreal songs and lends his singing voice to the lead character) for this wonderfully weird fable. Packed with scary spooks, gags and dazzling décor, it enchants with every busy frame as spindly Jack Skellington, the mastermind behind Halloween, hijacks Christmas out of boredom, becoming a frightening Santa delivering nasty surprises instead of presents to terrified children. The film's affectionate trashing of Christmas traditions is conceptually cunning and clever enough to please every generation, making it an unmissable treat that's destined to become as great a yuletide favourite as The Wizard of Oz.

Summary

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, tires of being scary and decides to take over the friendly world of Christmas. After kidnapping Santa, he prepares to take his place and do Christmas in his own ghoulish way. Stop-motion animated fantasy, with the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara and Paul Reubens, and a musical score by Danny Elfman.

Cast & Crew

Jack Skellington Danny Elfman
Jack Skellington Chris Sarandon
Sally / Shock Catherine O'Hara
Evil scientist William Hickey
Mayor Glenn Shadix
Lock Paul Reubens
Oogie Boogie Ken Page
Santa Ed Ivory
Big Witch / WWD Susan McBride
Director Henry Selick
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UK Guidance: Contains some scenes that younger viewers may find scary. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Music Childrens Drama

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