The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
- Director:Henry Selick
- Genre:Animation / Family / Fantasy / Musical
- Runtime:77 minutes
Danny Elfman : Jack Skellington Sung By / Barrel / Clown with the Tear Away Face (voice)
Chris Sarandon : Jack – Speaking (voice)
Catherine O’Hara: Sally / Shock (voice)
William Hickey : Evil Scientist (voice)
Glenn Shadix : Mayor (voice)
At the beginning of the film, in a place called Halloween Town, all of the town’s citizens have gathered to celebrate their favorite holiday, Halloween. However, Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king and ruler of the town, has become tired of this holiday and no longer sees the point of scaring people. The night after the celebration he takes a long walk through the forest with his ghost dog Zero (who has a pumpkin for a nose), where he finds doorways to other holidays. Intrigued by one showing a bright green tree with decorations, Jack opens the door and is drawn into Christmas Town. Amazed by the snow, color and wonder he sees, Jack becomes fascinated with Christmas. Jack returns to Halloween Town and shows the citizens examples of Christmas items, like presents and Christmas trees. The townspeople are excited, but Jack worries they don’t fully grasp the concepts he’s trying to explain to them. In the crowd is Sally, a ragdoll brought to life by the town scientist Dr Finklestein, she is in love with Jack. She too is awestruck by Christmas, but sees a vision of a burning Christmas tree and worries it is a bad sign.
Jack secludes himself in his lab and performs various experiments on Christmas-themed items in an attempt to find a way to explain it to his citizens. Jack’s obsession escalates as his experiments fail, and he ultimately comes to the conclusion that not only could he imitate Christmas perfectly, but that he could improve upon it, and announces to the town they are taking over Christmas. Jack rallies the town to begin making Christmas presents, hires Dr Finklestein to animate skeletal reindeer for a sleigh, and charges Sally with knitting him a red and white Santa coat. As Christmas approaches and both Halloween Town and Christmas Town prepare for Christmas, Jack puts three tricksters, Lock, Shock and Barrel, in charge of kidnapping Santa Claus from Christmas Town, but warns them not to include their master Oogie Boogie in any of their affairs. On Christmas Eve, everything is nearly ready when the three return with Santa. Jack tells Santa to “take the night off” and has the three take Santa back to their lair to keep him contained for the night. Instead, the three send Santa to Oogie Boogie, who plots to kill him.
Sally attempts to stop Jack by creating a thick fog, but Jack uses Zero’s glowing red nose to light the way and directs the dog to the head of the sleigh. Jack takes off around the world and begins to deliver his presents. However, the presents he is giving out are evil toys that attack the children who open them. A warning is put out on the news of a Santa Claus impersonator, and the citizens of Halloween Town rejoice, believing their Christmas a success. Sally rushes to save Santa Claus, but is captured by Oogie Boogie as well. Artillery cannons fire on Jack, destroying his sleigh, and both the police and the people of Halloween Town assume him dead. Waking up in a graveyard, Jack realizes his plans have ruined Christmas, but is newly inspired about Halloween. Jack tears off his Santa suit and declares himself the pumpkin king again, then hurries back to Halloween Town to release Santa. Read more
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