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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning.
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Animated. Halloweentown's leader aims to kidnap Santa. Delectably ghoulish fairytale. Read the review
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This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets.
David Ansen, Newsweek  full review
 
I'm not sure I've ever seen a fantasy film that's at once so visually amazing and so emotionally dead.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
A work of grand visual wit, clever songs, funny gags and genuine pathos, it is perhaps the greatest stop-motion animated film ever, a painstaking style of model animation that computers have all but completely done away with.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
A fun house of funereal glamour.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine  full review
 
The set designs are ingenious and the songs (music and lyrics by Danny Elfman) are fairly good.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
 
The dazzling techniques employed here create a strikinglook that's never been seen in such sustained form, making this a unique curio that will appeal to kids and film enthusiasts alike.
Todd McCarthy, Variety  full review
 
The hippest of all holiday classics, the 1993 release rendered anew in 3-D format remains a postmodern three-ring circus of morbid humor, eye-popping puppet animation and show-stopping songs.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Flattened for years on cable and video, Nightmare has been resurrected in all its tactile glory.
Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
(Producer Tim) Burton's skewed vision is seamlessly realized by director Henry Selick and cleverly enhanced by Danny Elfman's songs.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
This is the movie puts the "oooh" back in "boo."
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press  full review
 
Thirteen years after its debut, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has gone 3D, which makes a good thing even better.
Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
If the 3-D fails to grab you as much as you might hope, it never takes you out of the movie, which is a remarkable feat.
Daniel Gray Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  full review
 
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a major step forward for both stop-motion animation, which is stunningly well used, and for Mr. Burton himself. He now moves from the level of extremely talented eccentric to that of Disney-style household word.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
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