Top 20 Christmas movies: #12 ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Movies

*I will be doing a “top 20″ feature for the best Christmas movies of all time, right up to Christmas – I hope you enjoy!*

#20 – Lethal Weapon

#19 – The Polar Express

#18 – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

#17 – The Santa Clause 2

#16 – Batman Returns

#15 – The Family Man

#14 – Home Alone 2

#13 – Die Hard

When coming up with this list I never expected that there would be two Tim Burton films on it.  Surprised, yes, but not undeserved.  The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t on everyone’s favorite holiday-movie watch list but it sure is on mine.

The stop-motion claymation title is one of Tim Burton and Disney’s most successful movies and it deserves to be watched around this time every year simply for the enjoyment factor alone.  The tale of Halloweenland meets Christmastown while Jack Skellington discovers the  meaning of Christmas is down right fantastic.  Danny Elfman’s singing voice steals the show as he provides the music for most of the film.

1993 was the year but The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a classic holiday film.  When it was released nearly 20 years (!) the film made $8M, which can be equated to around $35-40M.  Tim Burton and Henry Selick don’t always team up but when they do it’s usually for something magical.  Henry Selick has James and the Giant Peach and Coraline to his credits, two other stop-motion titles that have had huge success.

The Nightmare Before Christmas deserves your attention this holiday season, and in the words of Jack Skellington;

There’s children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads, they’re busy building toys, and absolutely no one’s dead!


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