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Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, the Art, the Vision

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On-screen, Jack Skellington leaps with joy, singing with wonder at his discovery of Christmas Town. He seems so real, so alive, that we believe both he and his fantastical worl must somehow exist. But in reality it is not Jack who is the star of the show; it is the over 140 artists and technicians who spent more than two years bringing Jack and all his cohorts to life on th On-screen, Jack Skellington leaps with joy, singing with wonder at his discovery of Christmas Town. He seems so real, so alive, that we believe both he and his fantastical worl must somehow exist. But in reality it is not Jack who is the star of the show; it is the over 140 artists and technicians who spent more than two years bringing Jack and all his cohorts to life on the sceen. Every gesture Jack makes was created by a human hand, by an animator who moved the puppet in tiny increments from fram to frame. Every character, every set, every prop - even the candy dances - had to be designed and then actually fabricated by someone. This book tells the true story of the film, highlighting the art and the vision that make the movie so memorable.


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On-screen, Jack Skellington leaps with joy, singing with wonder at his discovery of Christmas Town. He seems so real, so alive, that we believe both he and his fantastical worl must somehow exist. But in reality it is not Jack who is the star of the show; it is the over 140 artists and technicians who spent more than two years bringing Jack and all his cohorts to life on th On-screen, Jack Skellington leaps with joy, singing with wonder at his discovery of Christmas Town. He seems so real, so alive, that we believe both he and his fantastical worl must somehow exist. But in reality it is not Jack who is the star of the show; it is the over 140 artists and technicians who spent more than two years bringing Jack and all his cohorts to life on the sceen. Every gesture Jack makes was created by a human hand, by an animator who moved the puppet in tiny increments from fram to frame. Every character, every set, every prop - even the candy dances - had to be designed and then actually fabricated by someone. This book tells the true story of the film, highlighting the art and the vision that make the movie so memorable.

30 review for Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, the Art, the Vision

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    Relive the magic of Disney’s Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas through the retelling of this classic. This book just published in November by studio press books is accompanied by paintings, story sketches and the concept art from the Disney studios. A must for any fans. In this tale we meet Jack Skellington who lives in Halloween land. Jack is bored of the scaring and terror and fright, tired of being something that goes bump in the night. And so to bring joy to the town, Jack kidnaps Relive the magic of Disney’s Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas through the retelling of this classic. This book just published in November by studio press books is accompanied by paintings, story sketches and the concept art from the Disney studios. A must for any fans. In this tale we meet Jack Skellington who lives in Halloween land. Jack is bored of the scaring and terror and fright, tired of being something that goes bump in the night. And so to bring joy to the town, Jack kidnaps Santa and takes his place as a jolly elf. To find out what happens you’ll have to read the book. Meet the characters, Sally, Oogie Boogie, Dr Finklestein and more.. But does Jack eventually learn the meaning of Christmas? What do you think? Have you seen the movie?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is the dark yet wickedly cool making-of book for The Nightmare Before Christmas. There are three parts to the book, The Film, The Art and The Vision. The first part is on how Tim Burton came up with his story and characters, the process of getting approval from movie studios to get his idea, asking Henry Selick to direct. If you still remember the tunes from the movie, this section contains the lyrics and you can sing along (if you want to). The second sect (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is the dark yet wickedly cool making-of book for The Nightmare Before Christmas. There are three parts to the book, The Film, The Art and The Vision. The first part is on how Tim Burton came up with his story and characters, the process of getting approval from movie studios to get his idea, asking Henry Selick to direct. If you still remember the tunes from the movie, this section contains the lyrics and you can sing along (if you want to). The second section is the art. This is where you'll see the nitty gritty details on art direction, creating sets, sculpting characters and all sorts of post production work. The creative illustrations, film stills and photos aren't limited to this section as they are throughout the whole book. There's a good amount of artwork drawn by Tim Burton himself, in his usual scrawly scratchy style. The last part is additional commentary on the film with Tim Burton, Henry Selick (director), Danny Elfman (music), Caroline Thompson (screenwriter), Kathleen Cavin (producer) and Denise Di Novi (producer). They analyse the film from their own unique perspective and expertise, looking back at the challenges and fun working on the set. This is a nice visual companion, especially if you like the movie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Having read this before and loved it (not to mention the fact that this is my favourite movie), I of course loved it all over again. The details and insights this book provides are superb and show the progression of the movie from Burton's original poem through the storyboarding, design, scripting and filming process. Not to mention showing the level of skill and dedication that everyone who worked on it had, which is more than impressive by itself. Not to mention that it gives me all the song l Having read this before and loved it (not to mention the fact that this is my favourite movie), I of course loved it all over again. The details and insights this book provides are superb and show the progression of the movie from Burton's original poem through the storyboarding, design, scripting and filming process. Not to mention showing the level of skill and dedication that everyone who worked on it had, which is more than impressive by itself. Not to mention that it gives me all the song lyrics so I can completely sing a-long next time I watch it...not that I would do that kind of thing mind you...!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hope Strickler

    The nightmare before Christmas is about a skeleton named jack who lives in a land of Halloween. One day he went on walk in the woods with his dog zero. Jack found trees with holidays on them. Jack found one with a Christmas tree on it. He opened it fell in and he suddenly was in a land with snow and joy fullness. He went back and told everyone he want to have Christmas not Halloween. Everyone got ready for Christmas. And jack made himself a Santa suit. And sent 3 kids to get Santa so jack can be San The nightmare before Christmas is about a skeleton named jack who lives in a land of Halloween. One day he went on walk in the woods with his dog zero. Jack found trees with holidays on them. Jack found one with a Christmas tree on it. He opened it fell in and he suddenly was in a land with snow and joy fullness. He went back and told everyone he want to have Christmas not Halloween. Everyone got ready for Christmas. And jack made himself a Santa suit. And sent 3 kids to get Santa so jack can be Santa. On the night of Halloween he went to Christmas town and when he gave kids toys they where terrifying toys. Everyone was finding jack. Jacks sleigh came down and when he go. up he realized he could not be Santa. So he just stayed himself. I recommend this book because the nightmare before Christmas is awesome. It was full of surprises and had lots of holidays. It is a popular book and movie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah | Reading Under Covers

    I took an intro to stop-motion animation course taught by Owen Klatte in college, and when he revealed that he was an animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas, he immediately became a sort of hero for me. This book gets 5 stars for the quotes and photos of Owen and his wife alone because they are my f a v o r i t e s and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over seeing people I know on the big screen. If you love the film, or have any interest in the behind the scenes of how this movie was made, I hig I took an intro to stop-motion animation course taught by Owen Klatte in college, and when he revealed that he was an animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas, he immediately became a sort of hero for me. This book gets 5 stars for the quotes and photos of Owen and his wife alone because they are my f a v o r i t e s and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over seeing people I know on the big screen. If you love the film, or have any interest in the behind the scenes of how this movie was made, I highly recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Qt

    Very interesting and informative--and loaded with pictures, sketches, and photos!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    It's the perfect Christmas book and I refuse to listen to arguments against it. It's the perfect Christmas book and I refuse to listen to arguments against it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I just happened to see this book on the shelf when I was at the library picking up some other things and had to check it out. I love this movie and have always been interested in its production. I like behind-the-scenes stuff and did already know quite a bit about the making of this movie but still really enjoyed reading more about it along with looking at all of the artwork.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    It's October, so I figured that there would be no better time to read about Tim BUrton's crossover holiday movie the Nightmare Before Christmas and I was definitely right! I enjoyed delving into the making of the film so much so that I just had to go and rewatch it. Knowing all the nitty gritty details about how it was made actually made the film even more enjoyable to watch, since I started noticing all the production details and could appreciate the huge amounts of effort put in by the crew to It's October, so I figured that there would be no better time to read about Tim BUrton's crossover holiday movie the Nightmare Before Christmas and I was definitely right! I enjoyed delving into the making of the film so much so that I just had to go and rewatch it. Knowing all the nitty gritty details about how it was made actually made the film even more enjoyable to watch, since I started noticing all the production details and could appreciate the huge amounts of effort put in by the crew to make the first feature-length stop-motion animated film. As per usualy with these types of book, I was left wanting more, but Thompson collected an admirable amount of material and presented it in a highly accessible (and readable) manner.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Incredibly captivating dive into the world of stop-motion animated film. Nightmare is one of my all-time favorite movies, it's one that I'm so completely bewitched by that I find myself returning to it multiple times every year. If you find yourself in a similar love affair with this film- then this is a great book to pick-up to learn more about the talented artists who worked tirelessly to bring this world to life. Lastly, if you're interested in learning more about stop-motion animation, story Incredibly captivating dive into the world of stop-motion animated film. Nightmare is one of my all-time favorite movies, it's one that I'm so completely bewitched by that I find myself returning to it multiple times every year. If you find yourself in a similar love affair with this film- then this is a great book to pick-up to learn more about the talented artists who worked tirelessly to bring this world to life. Lastly, if you're interested in learning more about stop-motion animation, storyboarding, and armature building- this would also be an excellent choice. Happy reading :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julius

    My 5th grade teach had me read this book. I like this book because the author wanted to make this book funny. The main character that I liked was jake the skeleton because he was able to come alive from nothing. What was most important thing i liked was when jack was taken to the boogie monster. The author mayed this book amazing

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mialovesbooks

    I actually enjoyed this book surprisingly, as I hate the movie. It was a quick, easy and fun read, the ending was sweet. It would have been better if it was a tad bit longer but overall it was great.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    It's a great book and fun to learn the behind the scenes in how the movie was made. The Nightmare before Christmas is one of my favorite movies It's a great book and fun to learn the behind the scenes in how the movie was made. The Nightmare before Christmas is one of my favorite movies

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Necromancy, trees of life, archetypes...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jared

    Well balanced overview of the entire production of The Nightmare before Christmas from story, script, songs and character creation.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniela Arredondo

    I am blown away by how great this is the plot is fantastic

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Da Killer

    I love it the film. :D

  18. 5 out of 5

    Guhugaul

    a wonderful work

  19. 5 out of 5

    C Libby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. the story itself wasnt very good but the pictures were. If you havent seen the movie you'd probably get lost. the story itself wasnt very good but the pictures were. If you havent seen the movie you'd probably get lost.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    This is what you want from a "making of" film book. My only regret: I wish I could afford the hardcover. This is what you want from a "making of" film book. My only regret: I wish I could afford the hardcover.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mason Zen76

    I like it ❤

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    One of my favorite movies. Finally found the book in my walmart and it came with the audio cd.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheera Rampersad

    Perfect Christmas Read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allisonsheppard

    amazing book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aoife Louise White

    Love love love

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anisha

    good book

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    One of my favourite art novels, I have taken so much inspiration from this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aljujosa

    The book is incredibily good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place that perhaps you have seen in your dreams, for the story which this has to be told began with Tim Burton's holiday worlds of old. Now you've probably wondered where stop-motion movies come from. If you haven't I'd say that it's time you've begun! For movies are the result of much fuss and hard work for the casts and crews who create them for us. Well, you see now, quite simply, that's all that they do, making one unique movie especially 'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place that perhaps you have seen in your dreams, for the story which this has to be told began with Tim Burton's holiday worlds of old. Now you've probably wondered where stop-motion movies come from. If you haven't I'd say that it's time you've begun! For movies are the result of much fuss and hard work for the casts and crews who create them for us. Well, you see now, quite simply, that's all that they do, making one unique movie especially for you. But once, a masterpiece ever so great occurred when several geniuses met... more or less on purpose. (u c wut i did ther?) So after Tim Burton had this idea of his rumbling around his brain for a few years, he was finally given the go-ahead by Disney to get it made into a film. This book outlines a lot of the details behind the movie, the artistic inspiration and execution, and the general art of this well-known and well-loved holiday cross-over movie. Stop-motion animation always sort of blows my mind with the level of detail and craftsmanship and the painstaking nature of the process, but this book made me even more exhausted in that respect than watching the movies does. The work that these filmmakers put into every step of the process is just incredible, and this book does a good job of getting that across, not only regarding the artistry, but also the technological and technical details that are required to complete a project like this. I thought the balance between text and art was a little too heavy in favor of the text, but it was always pretty interesting, and it also contained an outline of the script, including song lyrics (some of which were oddly inaccurate, at least according to the finished product), and parts of the original poem on which the film is based. I think if this book were to be made nowadays it would probably be a lot bigger, and include more art and less text. This is a great book for fans of Tim Burton's Halloween/Christmas extravaganza, or for anyone interested in the painstaking and impressive process of stop-motion animation. I thought it was a little text-heavy at times, but it still had a lot of great art (from concept stages to finished sets and characters), and interesting details about the making of Tim Burton's animated masterpiece.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I read this picture book of her own to a four-year-old I was babysitting, but then the father returned and was disturbed that I was reading this to her. He said there were "much better choices" of Christmas stories to read to her than this one, and removed it from the playroom. I had assumed that since she owned the book it would be OK to read to her. The mother didn't know how they had come to possess the book, but thought it had been a gift from someone. I could see how some of the pictures mi I read this picture book of her own to a four-year-old I was babysitting, but then the father returned and was disturbed that I was reading this to her. He said there were "much better choices" of Christmas stories to read to her than this one, and removed it from the playroom. I had assumed that since she owned the book it would be OK to read to her. The mother didn't know how they had come to possess the book, but thought it had been a gift from someone. I could see how some of the pictures might be disturbing or scary to a four-year-old, and would probably have chosen more uplifting Christmas books for our own kids at that age, but I wouldn't have a problem with them reading the book and laughing now. Our youngest is eight. This particular four-year-old did not seem frightened by the book, but did ask why Jack was a skeleton. I didn't have an answer for that. Her older brother, seven, routinely watches and reads scarier stuff, including Star Wars, so I think she's been toughened up by inadvertent exposure to scary stuff. OK - enough of the debate surrounding this book. My personal opinion: I thought it was funny and creatively done. It definitely does not portray much of the deeper meanings of Christmas, if that's what you're looking for in a book. If your kids are old enough not to be scared and want a brief laugh at something before delving into the more serious meanings of Christmas, then this book would fit. If you really wanted a positive message from the book, I would focus on Santa's forgiveness of Jack and the others.

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