The Nightmare Before Christmas
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Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A well-realized and weirdly amusing animated treat."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Disney's sophisticated stop-motion animation (an advanced version of techniques used to create Gumby) creates a truly breathtaking visual landscape."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"So Burton-esque is this world that it remains baffling that he didn't direct, megaphone duties instead falling to Henry Selick."
‑ , Total Film
"This full-length animated movie was shot in stop motion, with all the febrile, twittery fascination that the medium exerts; it has a magic-toy shop feeling, with unexpected objects stuttering into life."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pure enchantment, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas creates a unique and wondrous world. This awesome movie is in a class by itself for its use of stop-action animation."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Animation is a wonderful medium, but it's almost too compatible with Burton's uninhibited approach. When literally anything goes, even the most original idea can get lost in the creative shuffle."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Only the deliciously demented imagination of Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton could have come up with such a dark vision of the holiday season."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Nightmare Before Christmas cleverly refashions its yuletide characters into Edward Gorey refugees."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Macabre and astonishing."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Adults, despite being wowed by the dazzling, geez-how'd-they-do-that animation, will find their attention wandering to Christmases past."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
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