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26 December 2009

The Nightmare Before Christmas

directed by Henry Selick

Tim Burton, the Prince of all things strange, brings to life the holiday world of Halloweentown, and it is a sight to behold. Jack Skellington runs the freaky show, but he is tired of the same old thing. When he stumbles upon a series of strange portals in the woods, Jack finds himself sucked into Christmas Town, where the big man himself, Santa, is the boss. Jack falls in love, and in an extraordinary move, Jack has Mr. S kidnapped so that he can be the one to deliver his own twisted version of holiday cheer to the world. His earnest attempts prove futile, but when the boogeyman gets involved, it’s a mad dash to save Santa and gets things back on track. If this much warped whimsy could be applied to everything, the world would be a truly remarkable place. Danny Elfman packs a musical punch and even sings the Skellington sequences (fantastic), and the sheer magnitude of Burton's vision was (to date) extraordinary. Selick went on to develop James and the Giant Peach, which was an admirable attempt at realizing another Roald Dahl treasure.

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