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5.0 out of 5 stars
Gothic surrealism and Musical genius at its very best, 18 Aug. 2003
I first saw this film when I was 8 and this is still one of the best films I have ever seen, however I must say for differant reasons since then.
On first viewing of the film it was not only the way each character on screen was superbly brought to life with wonderful voice acting but also the claymation used for the film which gives it such a wonderfully unique and twisted looking setting for such a story to be told.
All of the main characters within the film are superb during not only dialogue but also while singing the songs that they have throughout. Danny Elfman and Tim Burton have once again put together a remarkable film with the superb directoral view of the dark and romantic gothic look that Tim Burton gives to his films but also to the way the score, wonderful in its own rite, only enhances every scene in the film.
Danny Elfman as Jack is sublime and this is surely one of his better compositions for a film managing to make some of the songs happy and cheerful while singing of severed heads, boiling Santa Clause in a pot and having someone steal christmas so that a new one can be made in the thief's own image..... Truly miraculous film-making and a must have video or dvd for young and old alike.