Gloomy magic sinister eerie classic Christmas tale that is sure to melt the heart of every child in town! Tim Burton sure as hell railed them money in with this one. People are suckers for fairy tales like this. This stuff is gold. Christmas movies like this one are a cash cow. It's got dollar signs all over it. Tim Burton knew it. Hollywood knew it. Let's drain it. But this is the real deal. Pure magic.
Didn't get to watch this as a child which is a pity. However, I found that this survived the test of time in the most pure of ways, every shot beautifully framed and every line of dialogue witty and concise. It has a quirky humor that belongs so well in that atmosphere and the songs are so catchy. 4.5/5
An animated holiday classic. I grew up with this film and in many way it opened my eyes to the magic of cinema. The film holds up beautifully. Stop-motion animation is a purity and timeless effect that does not age. Burton's style oozes out of every frame. Beautiful.
A nostalgia trip every Christmas (yes, it's a Christmas movie - get over it). The quirky, lovable Elfman score is belted out by a slew of beautifully ugly characters, and it mostly stands the test of time. How does anybody here have the nerve to call it obnoxious or trying? Just because mall goths happen to obsess over it ten years after its release doesn't mean it had anything to do with that aesthetic in 1993...
Maybe I'm missing out on whatever nostalgic quality this holds, because I just watched this for the first time last night and I just don't get it, I guess. I got really annoyed halfway through the film -- it felt as though they were just trying so hard (really the whole thing is a bit like your middle school Hot Topic phase, isn't it?) -- but I did enjoy the first half. Eh.