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The Nightmare Before Christmas -- Jack, King of Halloween, finds Christmas Town.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas -- Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.
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29 October 1993 (USA) See more »
Tim Burton's classic returns in 3-D so real, it's scary. See more »
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Elfman ... Jack Skellington - Singing Voice / Barrel / Clown with the Tear Away Face (voice)

Chris Sarandon ... Jack Skellington (voice)

Catherine O'Hara ... Sally / Shock (voice)

William Hickey ... Evil Scientist (voice)

Glenn Shadix ... Mayor (voice)

Paul Reubens ... Lock (voice)

Ken Page ... Oogie Boogie (voice)
Edward Ivory ... Santa (voice) (as Ed Ivory)
Susan McBride ... Big Witch / WWD. (voice)
Debi Durst ... Corpse Kid / Corpse Mom / Small Witch (voice)

Greg Proops ... Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player (voice) (as Gregory Proops)
Kerry Katz ... Man Under Stairs / Vampire / Corpse Dad (voice)

Randy Crenshaw ... Mr. Hyde / Behemoth / Vampire Corpse Dad (voice)
Sherwood Ball ... Mummy / Vampire (voice)

Carmen Twillie ... Undersea Gal / Man Under the Stairs (voice)
Glenn Walters ... Wolfman (voice)
Mia Brown ... Additional Voices (voice)
L. Peter Callender ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ann Fraser ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jennifer Levey ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jesse McClurg ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Jesse M. McClurd)

John Morris ... Additional Voices (voice)
Robert Olague ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bobbi Page ... Additional Voices (voice)

Elena Praskin ... Additional Voices (voice)
Trampas Warman ... Additional Voices (voice)
Judi M. Durand ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Judy Durand)
Doris Hess ... Additional Voices (voice)

Daamen J. Krall ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Daamen Krall)
Christina MacGregor ... Additional Voices (voice)
David McCharen ... Additional Voices (voice)
Gary Raff ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Randolph ... Additional Voice (voice) (as David J. Randolph)

Gary Schwartz ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billie Hayes ... Witches / Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Joe Ranft ... Igor (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Selick 
Writing credits
Tim Burton (based on: a story and characters by)

Michael McDowell (adaptation)

Caroline Thompson (screenplay)

Produced by
Tim Burton .... producer
Denise Di Novi .... producer (as Denise DiNovi)
Danny Elfman .... associate producer
Kathleen Gavin .... co-producer
Don Hahn .... producer (3D Version 2006)
Jill Jacobs .... associate producer
Diane Minter Lewis .... associate producer (as Diane Minter)
Philip Lofaro .... associate producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman (original score by)
Cinematography by
Pete Kozachik (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stan Webb 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Barbara Cohen 
Art Direction by
Deane Taylor 
Production Management
Sara Duran .... post production supervisor
Philip Lofaro .... production manager
Cory Hansen .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Katzenberg .... executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios (uncredited)
Art Department
Allison Abbate .... artistic coordinator
Susan Alegria .... production assistant
Kelly Asbury .... assistant art director (as Kelly Adam Asbury)
Bill Boes .... assistant art director
Phil Brotherton .... set builder
Mike Cachuela .... storyboard artist (as Miguel Domingo Cachuela)
Jennifer Clinard .... scenic artist
Kendal Cronkhite .... assistant art director
Philip Cusick .... set builder
Fon Davis .... set builder
Norm DeCarlo .... sculptor
Randy Dutra .... sculptor (as Randal M. Dutra)
Greg Dykstra .... sculptor
Shane Francis .... assistant artistic coordinator
B.J. Fredrickson .... background design
B.J. Fredrickson .... lead scenic artist
Joel Friesch .... set dresser
Rick Heinrichs .... visual consultant
Lee Bo Henry .... set construction supervisor
Loren Hillman-Morgan .... scenic artist (as Loren Hillman)
Peggy Hrastar .... scenic artist
Jorgen Klubien .... storyboard artist
Shelley Daniels Lekven .... sculptor (as Shelley Daniels)
Todd Lookinland .... set builder
Marble .... shop dog
Steve Moore .... storyboard artist
Ben Nichols .... set builder
Gregg Olsson .... dressing supervisor
Gregg Olsson .... set designer
Linda Overbey .... scenic artist
Allessandro Palladini .... set builder
Bob Pauley .... storyboard artist
Tom Proost .... set foreman
Joe Ranft .... storyboard supervisor
Gretchen Scharfenberg .... set dresser
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Mary Andrews .... dialogue editor
Tony Araki .... dubbing recordist
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor (as Michael Chock)
James Christopher .... sound effects editor
Joe Dorn .... dialogue editor
Ezra Dweck .... foley mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley
Samuel Lehmer .... original dialogue recording
Shawn Murphy .... rerecording mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Terry Porter .... rerecording mixer
John Pospisil .... special sound effects
Joan Rowe .... foley
Greg P. Russell .... rerecording mixer
Ralph Stuart .... assistant sound editor
Tim Webb .... dubbing recordist
Valerie Davidson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (uncredited)
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Amy Leigh Hunter .... sound transfer operator (uncredited)
Steve Lee .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Courtenay Marvin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Scott Strain .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Myles Murphy .... stereo artist (uncredited)
Loretta Weeks .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joel Aron .... digital production supervisor: ILM (3D version 2006)
Loretta A. Asbury .... cel painter
Gordon Baker .... effects animator
Jon Berg .... mold maker
Bill Boes .... model maker
Nick Bogle .... model maker
Scott Bonnenfant .... assistant animator
Dave Bossert .... snow animation: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Jeff Brewer .... model maker
Mike Cachuela .... effects animator (as Miguel Domingo Cachuela)
Daniel Campbell .... production assistant
Thomas Cardone .... effects color timing and paint: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Nicholas Cerniglia .... digital artist: RotoFactory, Inc. (3D version 2006)
Kai Chang .... assistant technical director: ILM (3D version 2006)
Eric D. Christensen .... senior staff: RotoFactory, Inc. (3D version 2006)
Julie Creighton .... visual effects coordinator (3D version 2006)
Melissa De Santis .... visual effects production assistant (3D version 2006)
Janeen Elliott .... 3D digital artist: ILM
Joel Friesch .... model maker
Greg Gilmore .... Inferno artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Rich Grande .... digital artist: RotoFactory Inc. (3D version 2006)
Chris R. Green .... effects animator (as Chris Green)
Michael Grivett .... mold maker assistant (as Mike Grivett)
Tyler Ham .... layout artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Trevor Hazel .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Michael Hinton .... additional optical effects: Interformat
Sherry Hitch .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Rebecca House .... assistant model maker
Adam Howard .... Inferno artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Shirley Hsiao .... production accountant (3D version 2006)
Andreas Jablonka .... rotoscope artist (3D version 2006)
Erik Jensen .... mold maker
Mike Jobe .... mold maker (as Michael Jobe)
Pamela Kibbee .... assistant model maker
Aaron Kohr .... assistant model maker
Pete Kozachik .... visual effects supervisor
Derek Krauss .... rotoscope artist (3D version 2006)
Donna Lanasa .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
John M. Levin .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Victoria Lewis .... mold maker (as Victoria B. Lewis)
Paula Lucchesi .... model maker
Tia L. Marshall .... digital stereo artist (3D version 2006)
Will McCoy .... digital artist: ILM
Phil 'Captain 3D' McNally .... stereoscopic supervisor (3D version 2006)
Tory Mercer .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Chris Mitchell .... lead technical animator: ILM (3D version 2006) (as Christopher Mitchell)
Robert Molholm .... technical support (3D version 2006)
Aaron Muszalski .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
C. Andrew Nelson .... digital effects artist: RotoFactory, Inc. (3D version 2006)
Ken Nielsen .... digital artist (special edition)
Ben O'Brien .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Jeffrey Odell .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Michael Parkinson .... conform editor: 3D
Tony Preciado .... mold maker assistant
Jerome Ranft .... assistant model maker
John Reed .... mold maker supervisor (as John A. Reed III)
Marc Ribaud .... model maker
Grover Richardson .... roto artist: Evil Eye Pictures (3D version 2006)
Mitchell Romanauski .... model shop supervisor (as Mitch Romanauski)
Rob Ronning .... mold maker
Dino Salee .... roto artist: Evil Eye Pictures (3D version 2006)
Nicole Samarron .... digital artist: Disney Digital 3D
Frederic Schmidt .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Chad Schott .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Rene Segura .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Jason Smith .... creature technical director: ILM (3D version 2006)
Tefft Smith .... digital effects artist (3D version 2006)
Tom St. Amand .... armature supervisor
Nathan Stanton .... assistant animator
Chad Taylor .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Radley Teruel .... digital artist: RotoFactory Inc. (3D version 2006)
Meghan Thornton .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Alan Travis .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Wim van Thillo .... mold maker (as Wim Van Thillo)
Ariel Velasco-Shaw .... digital effects supervisor: Walt Disney Feature Animation (as Ariel Velasco Shaw)
Harry Walton .... additional optical effects: Image FX
Pablo Wang .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Talmage Watson .... digital artist (3D version 2006)
Eddy Wong .... visual effects (3D version 2006)
Victor Wong .... visual effects (3D version 2006)
Nick Woo .... technical support: ILM (3D version 2006)
Shuichi Yoshida .... digital artist: RotoFactory (3D version 2006)
Scott Younkin .... digital artist: ILM (3D version 2006)
Al Bailey .... digital artist (uncredited)
Katharine Baird .... digital rotoscope and paint artist (uncredited)
Mario Capellari .... digital artist (uncredited)
Peter Chesloff .... digital artist (uncredited)
Stephen D. Childs .... digital artist: Evil Eye Pictures (uncredited)
Ronnie Cleland .... roto artist (uncredited)
Scott David .... compositor (uncredited)
Mark Scott Friedman .... digital artist (3D version 2006) (uncredited)
David Gottlieb .... digital artist (uncredited)
Michael Honrada .... digital artist: Roto Factory (3D version 2006) (uncredited)
Amanda Instone .... digital artist (uncredited)
Christopher Ivins .... stereoscopic digital artist (uncredited)
Greg Maloney .... lead stereographer: ILM (uncredited)
Megan McDonald .... visual effects coordinator (3D version 2006) (uncredited)
Michelle Motta .... digital paint & rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Winston Quitasol .... optical line-up (uncredited)
Rebecca Ramsey .... visual effects executive producer: Look Effects (uncredited)
Spencer Reynolds .... digital artist (uncredited)
Panneer Selvam .... stereo roto artist: FrameFlow (uncredited)
Anthony Shafer .... stereoscopic lead (uncredited)
Sukumaran Lalithambika Vijin .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Eric Voegels .... digital stereo artist: ILM (3D version 2006) (uncredited)
Jeff White .... digital artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Aupperle .... camera operator
Mike Bienstock .... assistant camera (as Michael Bienstock)
Jo Carson .... camera operator
Richard Downing .... photographer
Selwyn Eddy .... camera operator (as Selwyn Eddy III)
Ray Gilberti .... camera operator
David Hanks .... camera operator (as Dave Hanks)
Joe Jiuliano .... camera manager: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Mark Kohr .... assistant camera
Richard Lehmann .... camera operator (as Richard E. Lehmann)
Sara Mast .... assistant camera
James Matlosz .... assistant camera
Carl Miller .... assistant camera
Mark Musumeci .... electrical consultant
Mark Musumeci .... electrical contractor
Cameron Noble .... assistant camera
Chris Peterson .... assistant camera
Pat Sweeney .... camera operator
Eric Swenson .... camera operator
Brian Van't Hul .... assistant camera
Matthew White .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Mike Belzer .... animator (as Michael Belzer)
Lana Bernberg .... apprentice animator
Paul Berry .... animator
Kim Blanchette .... animator
Jeff Brewer .... character fabricator
Stephen A. Buckley .... animator
Hortensia Casagran .... final check supervisor: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Hortensia Casagran .... ink and paint supervisor: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Grace Cheney .... character fabricator (as Grace Murphy)
David Chong .... character fabricator
Sandy Clifford .... character fabricator
David Cutler .... additional character designer
Bonita R. DeCarlo .... character fabrication supervisor (as Bonita De Carlo)
Chrystene R. Ells .... character fabricator
Doug Engalla .... animation research library (3-D edition)
Joel Fletcher .... animator
Angie Glocka .... animator
Margot Hale .... character fabricator
Timothy Hittle .... animator
Barry E. Jackson .... additional character designer (as Barry Jackson)
Elizabeth Jennings .... character fabricator
Paul Jessel .... additional animator (as Paul W. Jessel)
Mike Johnson .... assistant animation rigger (as Michael W. Johnson)
Mike Johnson .... assistant animator (as Michael W. Johnson)
Owen Klatte .... animator
Jorgen Klubien .... additional character designer (as Jorgen Klubein)
Justin Kohn .... animator
Barbara Kossy .... character fabricator
Eric Leighton .... animation supervisor
Eric Leighton .... animator
Gretchen Maschmeyer Albrecht .... ink and paint manager: Walt Disney Feature Animation (as Gretchen Albrecht)
Daniel Mason .... additional animator
Tennessee Reid Norton .... character fabricator (as Timothy Reid Norton)
Loyd Price .... animator
Facundo Rabaudi .... character fabricator
Elise Robertson .... character fabricator
Anthony Scott .... animator
Valerie Sofranko .... character fabricator (as Valerie Sofranko-Banks)
Trey Thomas .... animator
Lauren Vogt .... character fabricator
Harry Walton .... additional animator
Michael Wick .... character fabricator
Ken Willard .... additional animator
George Wong .... animation rig engineer
Rich Zim .... animator (as Richard C. Zimmerman)
Tamara Khalaf .... animation research library (uncredited)
Jesse Spencer .... character fabricator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Davia Nelson .... casting: San Francisco
Mary Hidalgo .... casting associate (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tracy Barber .... post-production assistant
Jeannine Berger .... post-production administrator
Andrea Biklian .... apprentice editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Edie Ichioka .... associate editor
Michael Kelly .... additional editor
Chris Lebenzon .... consulting editor
Jenny Oznowicz .... apprentice editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Patti Tauscher .... apprentice editor
Kristen Gerstner .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Mildred Iatrou .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... music arranger: vocal and song arrangements
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator: songs
Chris Boardman .... conductor: songs (as Chris Boarman)
Danny Elfman .... music and lyrics by
Robert Fernandez .... music recordist (as Bobby Fernandez)
Bill Jackson .... music recordist: song vocals
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator: score
Shawn Murphy .... music mixer
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
J.A.C. Redford .... score conductor
Letitia Rogers .... music editing assistant
Patti Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Megan Cavallari .... vocal assistance: Danny Elfman (uncredited)
Tod Cooper .... music production supervisor (uncredited)
Stanley B. Gill .... music recordist (uncredited)
Patrick Spain .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Seth Wittner .... music proof reader (uncredited)
Monica Zierhut .... music production coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ila Abramson .... production runner
Alia Agha .... stage coordinator (as Alia Almeida Agha)
Kat Alioshin .... assistant production coordinator (as Kat Miller)
Robert Anderson .... stage manager
Jon Angle .... production assistant
Derick P. Arippol .... intern
David Barber .... intern
Tandy Beal .... motion reference
Christine Beck .... caps personnel
Frances P. Behnam .... caps personnel
Andrew Birch .... intern
Thomas Buchanan .... facilities production assistant
David Burke .... production runner
Aisha Candrian .... massage therapist
Merrick Cheney .... armature engineer
Carol J. Choy .... caps personnel (as Carol Choy)
Blair Clark .... armature engineer
Jerome Cook .... intern
Andrew Davidson .... intern
Joel Franklin .... supervising copyist
Derek Frey .... assistant: Tim Burton (2006 3D version)
Christopher W. Gee .... caps personnel (as Chris Gee)
Kent Gordon .... caps personnel
Thomas Hahn .... personnel: Pixar
Barbara Lynn Hamane .... caps personnel (as Barbara Hamane)
Dina Hardy .... intern
Troy Harris .... intern
Bruce Hatakeyama .... caps personnel
Don Henry .... caps personnel
Gisela Hermeling .... assistant to director
Gisela Hermeling .... assistant to producer
Shyh-Chyuan Huang .... caps personnel (as Chyuan Huang)
Rebecca Huntley .... caps personnel (as Rebecca Pahr)
Ron Jackson .... caps personnel
David Janssen .... production assistant
Shannon Fallis Kane .... caps personnel (as Shannon Fallis-Kane)
Lisa Keene .... caps personnel
R. Todd King .... caps personnel (as Todd King)
Edwin R. Leonard .... caps personnel (as Ed Leonard)
Ethan Marak .... intern
Daniel Mason .... track reader
Michael Meagher .... caps personnel (as Tony Meagher)
Peter Nye .... personnel: Pixar
Lionel Ivan Orozco .... additional armatures
Alice Payton .... sew it fits
Syndi Pilar .... intern
Chris Rand .... armature engineer
Kevin Reher .... production accountant
Jackie Roberts .... caps personnel
Robyn Roberts .... caps personnel
Ann M. Rockwell .... intern
Denise Rottina .... production assistant
David J. Rowe .... caps personnel (as David Rowe)
James 'J.R.' Russell .... caps personnel (as James Russell)
Jill Ruzicka .... production coordinator
Beth Lee Schneider .... production assistant
Kirk Scott .... production assistant
Michael Shantzis .... personnel: Pixar (as Michael A. Shantzis)
Debra Y. Siegel .... caps personnel (as Debbie Siegel)
Jenny Spamer .... assistant accountant
Eben Stromquist .... armature engineer
Michael T. Sullivan .... caps personnel (as Michael Sullivan)
Arianne Sutner .... production assistant
David Teller .... production runner
Jefferson Thomas .... intern
Bart Trickel .... armature engineer
Ann Tucker .... scene planning supervisor: Walt Disney Feature Animation
Chuck Warren .... caps personnel
Cathy Whitney .... intern
Paul Yanover .... caps and effects software lead: Walt Disney Feature Animation
George Young .... production coordinator
Renato Zero .... voice dubbing (Italian version)
Thomas Baker .... scene planner (uncredited)
Jim Belmessieri .... stage manager (uncredited)
Craig Harris .... assistant stage manager (uncredited)
Jesse Merz .... market researcher (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" - USA (complete title)
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D" - USA (promotional title)
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Rated PG for some scary images
76 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The names of the 3 children in Halloween costumes are Lock, Shock and Barrel.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Jack orders Lock, Shock, and Barrel to kidnap Santa, they immediately set off, and by the very next scene, they are already back with a wrong catch (the Easter Bunny). Jack points them then into the right direction, and the trio start their "mission" anew. However it takes an inexplicably long time for them to return, more than 30 days, in fact. Considering that they managed to kidnap the real Santa Claus in mere seconds and how quickly they caught the Easter Bunny earlier, it shouldn't have taken them so long.See more »
[first lines]
Santa:'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you've seen in your dreams. For the story you're about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you've probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven't I'd say it's time you begun.
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Oogie Boogie's SongSee more »


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82 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully imaginative animation, fun & intelligent songs make for a great family film for all but the youngest children, 2 November 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King – the creative genius behind the holiday of Halloween, designing each year to be scarier and more horrible than the one before. However deep inside he longs for more than the horror and scares of Halloween Town, a longing he cannot understand until he stumbles into Christmas Town and sees happiness and cheer the likes of which has evaded him all these years. Having finally worked out what Christmas is all about, Jack decides to kidnap Santa and make himself the new king of Christmas Town so that he can have the happiness of Christmas all the time. But the others in the towns realize the significant consequences that this disruption of the norm will have as Jack's evil nature proves harder to overcome than he thought.

With Pixar currently dominating the world of 'animations that please both children and adults' it is easy to forget that over a decade ago Tim Burton delivered this delightful family film to the cinema using a much more traditional animation and a huge amount of imagination. The basic plot is a great little fantasy fairytale with a very dark heart to it that make it much more enjoyable for having that edge. Too often kids films (especially at the time and animated) are soaked in a sweet sentiment that simply forgets that kids are not stupid and indeed often prefer a bit of darkness in the story. The only downside of this darkness is that younger children might not 'get it' and just end up being scared by the Halloween images and imaginative images. Despite this the material will play equally well to adults and children because it neither panders to nor excludes one group over the other at any time. Regardless of the material, the film still manages to come off as charming and enjoyable thanks to a well-written script that never plays for the basic laugh or easy sentiment. Some viewers may come to this with Pixar in their minds and bemoan it for not being hilariously funny from start to finish, but they are missing the point and

The songs reflect this approach and are very clever throughout; whether it is the sorrowful longing of Jack at the start or the Cab Calloway-inspired song from Oogie Boogie Man, generally they are inventive and fun. The same praise can be laid at the door of the stop-motion animation, which is inventive and fun to look at from start to finish. All the characters have a great deal of effort put in and they add to the dark feel of the film. The voice cast may not feature a load of well-known voices in the same way as Pixar films generally do, but they still do a great job. Sarandon and Elfman combine to do a good job with Jack; Page is fun as Oogie Boogie; O'Hara is good as Sally despite not having as fun a character to work with but for my money it is Hickey (as Dr Finklestein) and Shadix (Mayor) that make the biggest impression, mainly due to having the most enjoyable characters.

Overall this is a very short but very enjoyable film that will please both children and adults at the same time (with the same material) and never ignores or panders to one side of the audience over the other. Both groups will appreciate the dark fairytale, the clever songs, the darkly imaginative animation and the comic sense of humour, making this a family film that deserves to be remembered even as kids movie get smarter and fancier.

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