Starring: Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Paul Reubens
Directed by: Henry Selick
Synopsis: Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Tim Burton everyone! If there was a director made for stop motion animation it is Burton and his gothic style. This is his first feature length attempt at the medium, and he subsequently followed it up with The Corpse Bride.
Everyone knows Tim Burton has a fascination with macabre stories that are full of odd bods and outcasts. This film is no different. The brave thing is, Burton has dared to apply it to Christmas! He even kidnaps Santa!
Despite it’s dark tone, this is still a charming film full of memorable characters and music. Jack Skellington is the hero and villain of the piece and is also the real star of the show. I must admit, the first time I watched this movie, several years ago now, I didn’t really get it, or like it. But having watched it again I loved every second of its run time. If you like any of Burtons later animated work like Frankenweenie, be sure to check this out.