Nightmare Before Christmas

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The film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, directed by Henry Selick and co-written and produced by Tim Burton, was released back in 1993. A theme according to our textbook is, “An idea, issue, or concept that a writer wants to express through a story; a message or meaning that the audience is meant to take away from a movie” (Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). In “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, the audience will see how the central character Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween town, is in search of what is missing in his life. He wants to know why he constantly feels an emptiness in his heart, and to in a sense truly find out who he is. The audience will see this when Jack goes missing, and the whole town is worried about his whereabouts. Jack realizes during his time to himself that he wants more in his life and decides that he wishes to incorporate Christmas into Halloween town and has to figure out a way to do so. This want that Jack has is woven all throughout the movie. One place we can see this happening is when Jack is singing in the graveyard about growing weary of hearing screams at Halloween, thus making this a theme in the film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is an amazing stop-motion animation film. As stated by Wright (2006), “The film is a bizarre yet sentimental story, told with three-dimensional stop-motion animation, of a citizen of “Halloween town” who discovers Christmas and makes a wildly misguided attempt to implement it” (Wright, S. 2006). The use of stop motion in this film gives it an entirely different movement. The use of lights in this are very dark (low-lighting), most light is given by moonlight, along with lanterns and fire, giving everything a very gritty look. The viewer may see the use of both high and low-lighting where the light would meet somewhere in the middle. This is

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