Sam’s movie recommendation for the third day of Christmas is Tim Burton’s, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
This movie, which has delighted movie viewers of all ages for 20 years, was based on the poem of the same name written by Tim Burton. Burton said the original poem was inspired after seeing Halloween merchandise display in a store being taken down and replaced by a Christmas display. The juxtaposition of ghouls and goblins with Santa and his reindeer sparked his imagination.
Bored with the scaring, the terror, the fright….tired of being something that goes bump in the night”, Jack Skellington kidnaps Santa and tries to take his place.
But, instead of being the jolly old elf with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, Jack is a grinning skeleton in a Santa suit riding in a sleigh guided by skeletal reindeer. Rather than vision of sugar plums, he delivers nightmares and creepy toys. Only through a number of things going horribly wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Although many people think Tim Burton directed the film he was too busy working on “Batman Returns” (1992) “Ed Wood” (1994). He handed over the reigns to Henry Selick instead. Selick uses stop motion in all his movies including “James and the Giant Peach” and “Coraline“.
Director Henry Selick painstakingly created the film over three years. Although he had a production crew of over 100, each minute of footage took a week to shoot, since second shot required 24 ever-so-slightly different shots.
Catchy show tunes combined with stop-motion animation make this a timeless, twisted Christmas classic to watch every holiday season.