Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween Town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right.Written by
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The half-obscured gatekeeper in bowler hat seen in the musical opening appears to have the head of an ibis. This might be a reference to the ibis-headed Egyptian god Thoth. Though Thoth was anything but a gatekeeper, he was considered a deification of the moon, and controlled his own domain in the underworld. See more »
When the cannons are being raised to shoot at Santa Jack, there are search lights in the background. When the cannons start firing, the positions of the lights jump, and they stop their sweeping motion. See more »
'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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Dr. Finkelstein is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "Evil Scientist." See more »
In 2006, Industrial Light and Magic used computer technology to create a stereoscopic 3D version of the film that was released to digital 3D theaters on October 20. There are only a few differences in this version:
The version begins with a countdown to when you should put your 3-D glasses on, which shows a jack-in-the-box that pops out revealing a Jack-o-lantern.
The Touchstone logo has been replaced with the 2006 Disney logo, and the film now says 'Walt Disney Pictures Presents' instead of 'Touchstone Pictures Presents'
The end credit roll features concept art from the movie that goes with the music. The credit roll itself is extended to include credits for people involved with the 3-D version of the film.
How appropriate that I start holiday viewing with a film that bridges Halloween and Christmas.
Now, I am not a fan of animated films, but this isn't the usually animation you find in Disney films.
It is call stop-motion animation, and it looks very realistic.
Now, Jack Skellington from Halloweentown (voiced by Chris Sarandon and Danny Elfman (the singing), is really getting bored with Halloween - the same thing every year, and he goes walking in the forest and enters the door for Christmastown.
He gets excited about Christmas, and tries to institute it in Halloweentown. Unfortunately, he doesn't understand the concept and it turns out badly. They even kidnap Santa Claus (voiced by Edward Ivory).
And, can you believe they even wove a love story in here.
The film is full of interesting characters, of course, and some really good music. It is a visual feast.
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