The Nightmare Before Christmas
DIRECTOR: HENRY SELICK
CAST: DANNY ELFMAN, CHRIS SARANDON, CATHERINE O'HARA, PAUL REUBENS
One fine day Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, discovers a gateway leading to the snow-blanketed, jolly Christmastown, and decides to bring the holiday back to his ghost and ghoul subjects, a plan that quickly goes catastrophic. Producer Tim Burton, who’d first originated the idea for the film long ago in a poem, stamps his unmistakable macabre aesthetic on every frame of this stop-motion cross-holiday favorite, further enlivened by a passel of warped song standards from composer Danny Elfman.