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A love letter to the people who made The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Dear all of you people who made The Nightmare Before Christmas,

I’m writing this letter just to tell you how much I loved your movie. I’m not entirely sure who to credit, so I send it to all of you.

I have to admit that I initially assumed that all glory was on Tim Burton. It’s easy to jump into conclusions when you see the alternative title “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”. But when I looked it up, it turned out that the director was someone else, Henry Selick. And then I learned that it took a team of 100 people three years to complete the movie. So regardless of who’s name is on it, I decided that it was a teamwork. Hence I want to thank all of you, credited or uncredited. You did an awesome job back in those days.

It’s been almost 20 years since it was released. 20 years! I know, it’s hard to believe. The technology has moved on to new places which you probably only dreamed of as you shot this in stop motion. But you know what? I couldn’t tell the difference. If someone said to me that The Nightmare before Christmas was made this year, I would totally buy into it. There’s something about it that makes it feel timeless.

There’s so about this film to like. The wry humour. The sweet love story. And the musical numbers, all those songs with catchy melodies and witty texts. But the aspect I love most of all is your exuberant imagination, all those creations of your imagination, all the detail and love you’ve put into the world and its inhabitants. I could watch this over and over again, never growing tired.

I know that I’m extremely late to the party, but now I’m here and I’m determined to stay, making this into one of my must-sees putting me in the right mood for Christmas.

Thank you. No one mentioned, no one forgotten.


Jessica (45 years old but still a child)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, US 1993) My rating: 5/5

Written by Jessica

December 19, 2012 at 1:00 am