Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara,
William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page
RunTime: 1 hr 16 mins
Released By: GV & BVI
Opening Day: 23 November 2006 (Experience
it exclusively at GV VivoCity)
OUR REVIEW ON THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
for the first time ever in Disney Digital 3D™, Tim Burton’s
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” 3D combines the
Oscar® nominated artistry of stop-motion animation with
brand new state-of-the-art digital technology to create a
unique and entertaining movie-going experience that is sure
to become a modern holiday tradition.
released in the cinemas in 1993, the dazzling new makeover
of the musical-fantasy was led by the film’s original
filmmaking team of Academy Award® nominated writer/producer
Tim Burton (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,”
“Corpse Bride”) and director Henry Selick (“James
and the Giant Peach”) as well as the talented technical
wizards at Industrial Light + Magic.
will get closer than ever to Halloween town’s beloved
Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington (voiced by CHRIS SARANDON),
as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against
the advice of Sally (voiced by CATHERINE O’HARA), a
lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three
mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel
– to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Jack eventually realizes
his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie
before he can make things right and restore the Christmas
holiday. Fueled by an unforgettable Grammy® nominated
soundtrack featuring ten ghoulishly delightful songs by Oscar®
nominee Danny Elfman (“Corpse Bride,” “Big
Fish”) who also provided the singing voice for Jack.
is probably the only time we’d advise you to watch a
movie in a theatre filled with kids. We don’t believe
we are saying this, but yes, for this movie to be immensely
enjoyable, you’d want many kids around you.
in this re-release of the 1993 cult classic produced by Tim
Burton, a certain technological giant called Industrial Light
and Magic has used sophisticated computer technology to create
a 3D version of the film.
Singapore, viewers can visit the digital 3D cinema hall in
Golden Village VivoCity to experience the technological visual
spectacular. And it is truly one magical experience that will
appeal to the kid in you.
need to put on special 3D glasses to watch this movie. While
we would definitely not want to be caught by the fashion police
wearing those glasses in public, we were still thrilled upon
knowing that we get to keep them after the movie.
you put on those 3D glasses as told by the instructions flashed
across the screen, you can feel the escalating excitement
and anticipation if you were in a kid-filled theatre like
this reviewer. Screams and giggles of joy and thrill from
those little brats never sounded more fun.
grew up in the 1980s, you may remember going to the theatres
to watch this tale about the ghoulish Halloween crossing paths
with the cheery Christmas.
In a very
storybook-like setting, the ruler of Halloweentown (a very
straightforward name for a town) Jack Skellington chances
upon Christmastown (another very straightforward name for
a town). Feeling the need to do something different for a
change, he decides to kidnap dear old Santa Claus and take
Christmas into his own hands. The results are, of course,
plot may sound childish and amuse only those below 20 years
old, but it is storylines like that gets our vote for being
grounded to true blue old-school story-telling.
with some visually stunning stop-motion animation that make
you feel like you are in the movie, the fascinating 76-minute
feature should appeal to a wide demographic and take flight
easily. After all, this is the first full-length stop-motion
movie musical that earned itself an Oscar nomination for Best
Visual Effects in the 1994 Academy Awards.
unfortunate that director Henry Selick did not get much attention
for helming this movie after it was released 13 years ago.
It was his producer-cum-writer Burton who got credit for creating
a signature “Burton-sque” style that was probably
influenced by his previous works Beetle Juice (1988), Batman
(1989) and Edward Scissorshands (1990). Burton’s fans
can effortlessly point out several references to his movies
in this animated feature.
we have a delightful soundtrack courtesy of Burton’s
long time collaborator Danny Elfman which boasts of some impressive
orchestrations and wacky lyrics.
younger audience may not be fully appreciative of the different
aspects that make up this cult classic which has spawned various
followings in fashion, apparel and collectibles. But they
are the very essence why this movie works, as their high spirits
while watching the movie are the final elements to making
this cinema experience complete.
(Whether or not you have watched this festive cult classic
before, do not miss this chance to catch it in its full 3D
by John Li