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
Jon Reeves <email@example.com>
It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete this movie. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made. See more »
When the Mayor greets the musicians outside of Jack's place, the upper right corner of the background becomes lighter as a shadow suddenly disappears. 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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No credits are shown, except the company and the film's name. See more »
The special edition DVD also includes some scenes in storyboard form with voiceovers:
During "Making X-mas", the Behemoth sings about the presents the creatures are making.
A segment of Oogie Boogie's song where bugs dance from his "eyes" and end up sucked in his mouth, this wasn't animated because the dancing bugs would be difficult to animate.
The alternate identity of Oogie Boogie where it's not a bunch of bugs but Dr. Finklestein (the mad scientist), he said he became Oogie Boogie because Sally was in love with Jack even though he created her and as Oogie Boogie he'd give her a lesson she's never forget, Finklestein then mentions a creation that will like him and with Igor's help he escapes through a trap door, this segment ends with Jack saying "i can't believe this".
Visually superb, although it's style over substance
Jack is a skeleton living in a scary faraway dimension where bizarre creatures reside and embark to scare children on Halloween every year. But Jack longs for a different life outside the restraints of horror - he doesn't like who he is. One day he wanders outside the limits of the haunted city and through a snowy forest, finding Santa Claus and his Elves' workshop.
Inspired, Jack decides to kidnap Santa Claus and turn Christmas into Halloween.
The ads for this movie were always very grim. It used to boast, "From producer Tim Burton!" and his influence is very clear - extremely Gothic visuals. And, for a children's tale, some pretty scary stuff! Overall this is style over substance, as are most films associated with Burton. He rarely delivers great stories and instead relies on fairytale clichés (Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, etc.).
There's nothing wrong with this. It works because his films are so nice to look at.
This is a fun movie with good visuals and an interesting twist on a familiar tale. I recommend it, as long as you don't expect something emotionally involving or brilliant story-wise.
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