Movie Review

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D (2006)

MPAA Rating: PG
Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas | ANOTHER DIMENSION The 3-D tricks make Burton's Nightmare even more of a visual treat
Image credit: Nightmare Before Christmas: Disney
ANOTHER DIMENSION The 3-D tricks make Burton's Nightmare even more of a visual treat
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 20, 2006; Rated: PG; Length: 76 Minutes; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

In 1993, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was the pumpkin-king of stop-motion, that classic analog precedent to CG animation. Burton and detail-obsessed director-animator Henry Selick delivered a Goth-holiday mutation of Rankin-Bass Christmas classics. Now the tale of Jack Skellington, the Halloween avatar who disastrously annexes Christmas, is back in actual 3-D, a process that here doesn't produce many in-your-face jolts, but limns Selick's lapidary ghouls quite beautifully. Flattened for years on cable and video, Nightmare has been resurrected in all its tactile glory.

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Originally posted Oct 25, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints