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  • Elise Paris

The Best of Christmas: Day 5

Hello and welcome,

It's the 5th of December and behind today's door is an enchanting animation that is for many, a festive favourite. And its not hard to see why.

The Nightmare Before Christmas welcomes us into a gothic, fantasy world from the combined minds of Tim Burton and Henry Selick. Much like their other films including 'Coraline' and 'James and the Giant Peach', this animation manages to be gloomy yet still charming in its imperfections. The detail is exhaustive and the soundtrack distinguished and witty. The Nightmare Before Christmas introduces Jack Skellington, a prominent citizen of ‘Halloweentown’ and much like other Tim Burton characters, a misfit that means well. In this story, Jack searches for a more sincere purpose. After stumbling upon Christmas preparations and feeling inspired, Jack schemes to kid knapp and impersonate St. Nick. I highly recommend this film because it’s funny, it’s intelligent and there’s so much beauty in it. Despite being made 25 years ago, the scenery is aesthetically alluring in a way you just don’t see in most modern animation.

Of course, it’s been debated for years whether this actually qualifies as a Christmas movie, or in fact a Halloween movie, and to be fair I think it's a bit of both.

However, I think Henry Selick attempts to drive home a heart-warming Christmas message with this tale. The meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with physicality’s like presents or reindeer, but rather something much less tangible. That’s why I believe The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas classic at it’s core.

Thanks for reading,

See you tomorrow!


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