Nightmare before Christmas

5 May 2016

On October 29, 1993 Disney released a classic movie in theaters called The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have probably watched The Nightmare Before Christmas at least 500 times.

Every time that I watch The Nightmare Before Christmas I always find something new that I missed the first time watching the film. I just think this movie is a great way to get two classic holidays in one. The movie starts out when the ruler of Halloween town accidently discovers the magic of Christmas and kidnaps Santa Claws and try’s his own version of Christmas.

The Nightmare before Christmas is directed by Henry Selick and produce by Tim Burton. Tim Burton has produced many movies like: Edward Scissorhands, Frankenweenie, Beetle Juice, The Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, and many more. Tim Burton has originally wrote The Nightmare Before Christmas as a poem, then later Disney hired him to make it in to a movie. The Nightmare before Christmas is a stop motion animation and musical production.

The opening of the movie begins with a song introducing Halloween town and how holidays just don’t appear out of nothing, but there is entire worlds that create them for us. Jack Skellington (voice by Chris Sarandon and sung by Danny Elfman), the pumpkin king, is a tormented soul that has grown tired and weary of the same thing year after year. Looking for something new to spark his interest he takes a walk in the woods.

Awaking from his sleep walking state Jack looks up to find the site of doors carved in to the trunk of the trees. One of them seems to spark his interest and he was able to resist opening it, for on that door was a beautiful Christmas tree that sparkled and gleam. Jack opens the door and is met with fluffy white snow as he stares and stumbles in awe in Christmas town. Jack, who is awed, is now determined to be the king of Christmas instead of being the king of Halloween town. If you want to know what happens next in the classic twist of the holidays I suggest to go watch the movie.

Stop motion animation is a process in which you make static objects appear as they were moving. Stop motion animation has a series of frames that is slightly different from the next frame. Then when you put the frames together at a steady rate of speed, it appears one fluid motion. So what appeared to be a series of static objects are actually now moving characters in a film. Stop motion animation is a very time consuming project to work on. Stop motion

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