I have finally debunked the age-old debate on whether or not Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or Christmas movie. After last night’s viewing, I can confirm that this movie, unequivocally, is a Christmas movie.
It is shocking how anyone can argue this movie as a Halloween movie. While it does take place in a town called “Halloween Town”, Halloween has already ended and this film’s setting takes place between November 1st and December 25th. This is the exact timing of any other Christmas film to ever exist on the face of the planet. This movie is also focused on Jack Skellington and the rest of the citizens of the town learning about the Christmas holiday and how it is completely different from their usual traditions. Even though the town’s citizens sabotage the holiday by kidnapping Santa Claus and giving the kids killer(literally) presents.
So there is my logic on that debate. Now, time for the review.
I have seen this film plenty of times in the past but that was when I still lacked the appreciation of film and the technical aspects of it. When looking at the stop-motion animation of this film, especially in the absolutely brilliant opening with “This is Halloween”, I would have believed this movie came out recently, not all the way back in 1993. It nearly rivals Coraline, which came out in 2009. This movie just looks beautiful in general. The layout of both Halloween Town and Christmas Town is done wonderfully and pay homage to both holidays immaculately.
All the characters, whether main or side, are given the proper amount of screentime. No one overstays their welcome for too long and no one that is essential to the plot is forgotten about or lacking screentime. It would seem like this movie would have had that problem with numerous characters but that is not the case here.
I will stress that I am not a big proponent of songs taking up a majority of a film. I love music. I love reviewing albums and singles but I want a movie I am watching to be acting and not singing; that is what Broadway musicals and operas are for. Fortunately, I will give a pass to this movie because every song is just so catchy and fun. “This is Halloween” and “What’s This?” do not need to slap as hard as they do. We are unworthy of such timeless pieces of music.
I really do not have any negatives with this film. If there’s anything I would complain about, it is the minuscule runtime given. It is only 76 minutes long but with that said, there is so much going on in every scene that you just become immersed in this universe and forget about runtime or anything not associated with this movie.
29 movies down, 2 to go!