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The Nightmare Before Christmas Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016
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'The 20-year anniversary picture book of Tim Burton's anti-Christmas tale landed on my doormat and I just couldn't resist... Burton's charmingly macabre illustrations and witty gothicisms are well worth revisiting in book form, and this new edition includes a few sketches that have never been seen before.' --The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tim Burton was born and raised in Burbank, California. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and soon after became an animator at Walt Disney Studios. He made his directorial debut with the animated short Vincent, which was narrated by Vincent Price. The film was a critical success an award winner on the festival circuit. Burton's next in-house project was a live-action short film called Frankenweenie, an inventive and youthful twist on the Frankenstein legend, which was subsequently remade as a 3-D, stop-motion feature years later.
After working on several films at Disney, he began directing his own projects, and his unique creative vision has since captured the imagination of millions of people the world over. His feature-film debut was the highly imaginative and raucously funny Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Since then, he has directed such highly-acclaimed films as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie,
The Nightmare Before Christmas is the first book he wrote and illustrated.
Top Customer Reviews
It is amazing to learn how much effort went into the film and interesting to learn about the processes involved.
This book is a real treat to anyone who appreciates this film, animation and illustration.
A brilliant buy, totally worth it!
Let's make it straight, this book is not a direct adaptation of the movie. Instead, this is the original poem Tim Burton had written and proposed to the Studios when he worked as a Disney Animator in the late seventies and early eighties. A poem with his original illustrations accompanying his stanzas. Artwork that is instantly recognizable with its German expressionism and its faerie colors, and character designs. Regarding that last aspect, it is interesting to see that although the characters of Oogie Boogie and Sally are absent, characters with their eventual designs do appear in the background at a certain page. As to whether or not Tim Burton had done those paintings in the seventies before he even got to produce this movie in the nineties, it would be wonderful if he had done that art in the seventies as that specific illustration would foreshadow Sally and Boogie's eventual presences in this story.Read more ›
I'm reliably informed that this book came before the film, and it's full of exclusive, never before seen original sketches from Tim Burton! I also believe that this book hasn't been published over here before, it has in the US but not here, and this 20th anniversary edition is just.....so pretty. So damn pretty. I have a need to have multiple illustrations from the book framed, prints from this book totally need to be a thing!
Obviously the book came before the film, and it's a short book, so the film has lots of scenes and things that aren't from the book, but the main point of the plot of the film is here in the book, told in a beautifully lyrical way! And as I keep saying....stunning illustrations! This is definitely a must for fans of Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas, no matter the age!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift. I can't stand Tim Burton so im not the best person to review this but based purely on aesthetics this was a nice looking book with really vivid illustrations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob Baker
Good quality, was exactly as advertised. Made a wonderful giftPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Daughter loves jack and loves a story she will love this when she opens on Xmas day! Looks great!Published 4 months ago by kerry grassick
Rewrote this as a narrative to use with a year 4 class. They have LOVED it and j have too!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing book well worth the money. I got this book in hardback. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is great. Nice addition for any Nightmare Before Christmas fan. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer