Friday, October 26, 2012

The Nightmare Before Christmas

When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweenland, stumbles onto Christmas Town, he finds himself becoming more and more disillusioned with his vapid existence and seeks to adopt the strange and foreign ways of this tinselly new world. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a feature length stop-motion animated picture which was developed from a short story written by Tim Burton in 1982. It is highly imaginative and visually stimulating, containing many of Burton's signature flourishes, and is mostly successful thanks to the Danny Elfman songs, who also provides the tremendous singing voice of Jack. Also, Ken Page is an absolute riot as the debauched dungeon master Ooogie Boogie.