“The Nightmare Before Christmas” before & after Christmasby Carolyn Classen on Dec. 22, 2010, under Arts, Life
It was “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and all through the house, creatures were stirring…
Showing at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway foe 2 nights and one day only:
Friday, December 24th
and Saturday, December 25th at 10:00 p.m.
BONUS HOLIDAY SHOWING!
Sunday, December 26th at 12:00 p.m.
Admission: $6.00 general; $5.00 Loft members
LATE NIGHT CULT CLASSIC PRESENTED BY BOOKMANS
THE GREATEST CULT MOVIES OF ALL-TIME ARE BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN!
“The hippest of all holiday classics … A postmodern three-ring circus of morbid humor, eye-popping puppet animation and show-stopping songs.” – Colin Covert, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE
For those who never thought Disney would release a film in which Santa Claus is kidnapped and tortured, well, here it is! The full title is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, which should give you an idea of the tone of this ghoulishly clever, stop-motion animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy. The film, an offbeat holiday favorite, is based on characters created by Burton, the former Disney animator who went on to create a distinctly kooky cinematic universe inhabited by Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Alice in Wonderland and many more. His benignly gothic, scary/funny sensibility propels the story of Halloweentown resident Jack Skellington (voiced by Danny Elfman, who also wrote the catchy songs), who stumbles on a bizarre and fascinating alternative universe called … Christmastown! Directed by Henry Selick (who later made the great animated features James and the Giant Peach and Coraline), this PG-rated fantasy has a refreshingly light touch, creepy creatures galore and a compelling, subversive energy that makes it the kind of children’s film that can be enjoyed by adults as much their pint-sized counterparts.
Merry Christmas to all, and pleasant dreams.