The skeletor king of Halloween Town, is bored with the same old bag of ghoulish tricks he uses for his annual scaring of humans on that special October night. This year, he is planning something particularly macabre for children to wake up to on Christmas morning.
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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...
It took me years to admit that I just don't like this film, it just never really takes off somehow, despite all the cool animation. I like the sequence with the Oogie Boogie a great deal, there's a lot of good funky energy to that scene that is just missing from the rest of the film.
I had the opposite experience of Roscoe -- my initial reaction to this film was moderate, and it's only in hindsight after all these years that I've come to love it and recognize how vastly superior this is to other animated films. It's teeming with so much original/strange/funny/beautiful imagery, imagination, and heart that it's staggering that anybody could simply dream this up.
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