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on 20 April 2005
This is such an amazing book, if you loved this film and want to learn more about it buy this book. Being interested in stop motion animation myself I have found this book so useful, letting me read about one of my all time favourite films and learning all the things I wanted to know about it. It gives you an insight into how the film is made, the making of sets and each of the main characters, as well as the words to all the songs. Its totally awesome.
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on 27 March 2017
it was what we wanted & in good condition.
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on 8 March 2017
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. The recipient was thrilled with it and the price was good so i can't fault it. If you like the talentless fool that is Tim Burton I'm sure you will be delighted with this.
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on 27 May 2008
I loved this film as a child and I still do now, so when I saw this book I decided to buy it as I am such a big fan! It has everything from Tim Burtons orginal art work of the characters to the building of the set/ models to all of the song lyrics.
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!
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on 7 June 2015
Most people who follow Walt Disney Studios' films know about the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas". A stop motion masterpiece directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton (unavailable as he was filming Batman Returns), this fable is the third part of a trilogy Tim Burton did I personally call "The Christmas Trilogy". One that started with Edward Scissorhands, continued with Batman Returns, and finished with this story. That of Jack Skellington who, tired of the same relentless life as Pumpkin King in the world of Halloween, wishes of something new and inadvertently stumbles unto the world of Christmas. Uncovering a culture he wishes to share his own take to all the children in the real world. A good intention that brings forth more trouble than what he intended.

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.
Among my favorite artworks, I particularly adore the two-paged painting that presents Jack falling down into Christmas town, and also the last one as Halloween land is.... no, I won't reveal that spoiler. Would ruin the story's punch.

Personally, I know a video version reading of that story also exists on certain DVD releases. Narrated by Christopher Lee, his voice has the perfect tone acting skills to give the story the emotional reading it deserves. Not only that, it also ties in with what Burton did with Vincent Price for his first short film, "Vincent". A masterpiece that was the best love letter a fan could give to his favorite actor, this special reading is another tribute to another actor Burton respected.

In sum, the "Nightmare Before Christmas" book is the perfect classic for Christmas and Halloween time. The universe for which Tim Burton shall always be fondly remembered of.
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on 29 November 2010
Tim Burton's original poem is stunningly presented in this hardback edition alongside beautiful original illustrations. Those expecting a storybook that accompanies the film will be disappointed - as I mentioned, this is Burton's original poem and has nothing to do with the 1993 movie's storyline - so no Oogie Boogie, Sally, Dr. Finklestein... You get the idea. To me the book is worth it for the pictures alone and is a must for any Nightmare fan. Definitely worth more than the three stars another reviewer gave.
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on 14 June 2015
Definitely recommended for those who are interested in stop-motion film production, or who want to learn more about the making of The Nightmare Before Christmas. 'The Film, The Art, The Vision' delves into many aspects of the film-making, from the character and set design to the music, and tells of the experiences of the crew, from the director to the designers to the scriptwriter. We learn more about what occurred during the ten years between when Tim Burton first wanted to create TNBC, and when it was completed. This book includes colourful illustrations and pictures of the sets in mid-production and between chapters are the full, original lyrics to the songs. Fun and informative, this guide gives some entertaining background information to the magic of the film, which now makes me appreciate the crew's efforts all the more whilst watching!
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on 24 May 2014
Bought as a gift for a friend in the office as a leaving gift and she loved it! She is a massive Tim Burton fan. Book was delivered well packaged in good time and at a great price!
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on 15 November 2015
I have always been a big fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas and many of Tim Burton's films. The beautifully Gothic and expressionist animation from the film carries on into this beautifully presented "making of" book. There is a great deal of original artwork, sketches, production / character designs, behind the scenes photos and information exploring how the animators, director, composer and crew made this quirky animation film into a holiday classic. If you are a fan of the film this is a must have collectors item.
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on 27 September 2010
I found this graphic novel very beautifully drawn and was engaged by the strange characters and wonderful pictures.
thumbs up all the way.
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