I first saw "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as a child. I enjoyed it, although I didn't understand it and was left with a clutch of confused, half-remembered memories about a strange film that provoked in me equal parts terror and wonder. Eventually, I realised what that mysterious film in my memory was, decided to re-watch it and instantly fell in love with it all over again, only this time as an adult.'Nightmare' also provoked my long-term interest in stop-motion animation.
It was almost a foregone conclusion that I would purchase this book when I saw it on Amazon one day. When I subsequently received the book, I devoured the contents in one sitting on the day of delivery and read through it again several times over the subsequent days.
The book tells the story of 'Nightmare's creative and technical development, from initial concept through production to completion. It gives lots of detail regarding what went on 'behind-the-scenes' aspects, but presents its information in a manner that is easy to understand and enjoyable to read for the non-professional. The book includes contributions from various of the professionals involved in the process of bringing the film to the big screen, along with an abundance of supporting images. The packaging is very slick; the paper stock and print quality is comparable to a decent art monograph or fashion book, with thick paper and glossy, high resolution images which make it a delight to flick through over and over again.
Both in content and form, this book is as wonderful as the world Tim Burton created in the film. It is perfect for any fan of the film!