I remember back when Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was originally released in cinemas, a film which has captured the hearts of many, young and old, a film which still has fans loving the story, stop-frame animation and the brilliant soundtrack from Danny Elfman.
So after seeing the announcement on the official Facebook page that the film was going to return to the big screen for one night only, I couldn’t resist the chance to see the movie in the cinema again and this time with the added bonus of seeing it in 3D!
The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon with Danny Elfman taking over for the singing parts), the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, who bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. But then one day he stumbles into a strange new place, a place called Christmas Town, he is so taken by the wonders of the town and with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident ghosts, ghouls and other scary creatures of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween.
Directed by Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach), the film still stands the test of time, not bad for a film that was made in the mid 90s, the cast are perfect for their roles, such as the delightful William Hickey (Mousehunt, Puppetmaster) as the evil scientist, Dr Finkelstein, with his sinister voice which works brilliantly as he plots and schemes. Joining him is his rag doll creation, Sally (Catherine O’Hara – Home Alone, Frankenweenie), who has a crush on Jack, a character that you really feel for in the film.
So along with a fantastic cast and some stop frame animation that is so smooth and a joy to watch, adding to the mix of the film is the amazing music and songs that are featured in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s work on the film is a pure joy to listen to. Elfman certainly has that style of music that as soon as you hear a piece composed by him, you know it’s his. And the soundtrack for the film is no exception, the lyrics for the character are just brilliant, I’ve talked to loads of people that who can’t help singing along with the songs when they watching the film, especially “This is Halloween”.[bctt tweet=”‘one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had. I had a lot in common with Jack Skellington.’ Danny Elfman” username=”blazingminds”]
Danny Elfman, although he does the singing voice for Jack (Chris Sarandon was cast as Jack Skellington because his speaking voice matched the singing voice of Danny Elfman), even has a visual cameo in the film, spot him if you can.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – The Third Dimension
As many of you who read Blazing Minds on a regular basis will know how much I love 3D movies, so I was really looking forward to seeing this classic movie in 3D.
I was a little disappointed wth the 3D conversion, maybe it was because the film is dark, but even in the more colourful scenes such as when Jack first discovers Christmas town during the “What’s This” song, it still seemed flat and very 2D, which is a shame, but to be fair 3D conversions can only work with what they have.[bctt tweet=”‘What’s this? What’s this? There’s colour everywhere!’ – Jack Skellington” username=”blazingminds”]
Some scenes did work nicely, such as when Jack is lying on the statue in the graveyard and one that worked very well was towards the end of the film with the snowflakes, now that was a joy to see in 3D.
So, OK, the 3D isn’t much to shout about, but it still didn’t spoil the film. The Nightmare Before Christmas is still a pure joy to watch and to see it on the big screen after all the years gone by since its original release was brilliant.
Not only were there people in the cinema watching it that weren’t even born when it first came out, but there were so many people singing along to the songs, including myself, I could hear so many people singing along, ok singing in a subdued manner, bit still singing along all the same.
It only goes to show that The Nightmare Before Christmas still has a loving fanbase for the movie. A pure joy to see its return to the big screen after all these years.