If there is one thing that always pisses me off about the holiday season, it’s the influx of shitty Xmas made-for-TV flicks that I have to endure on a yearly basis. My mother still forces me to watch the friggin’ stop-motion Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie with her, year after year. I’m the type of gal that would rather watch Bad Santa than It’s a Wonderful Life. I like my holidays with a dose of something off-kilter, and nothing is more off-kilter to me than a Halloween-Christmas mashup. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my absolute all-time favorite films. The only time that I even bother to enter Hot Topic is around this time of year just to scope on the Jack Skellington t-shirts, and the original movie poster is one of my prized possessions. I’m even working on getting my room redecorated, Halloweentown-style.
I missed the chance to watch this film in 3-D last year, and it broke my heart, so when I learned that I had a second chance this year, I jumped at the opportunity. With my little sister in tow, I headed off to the theater to check this flick out.
One thing first up: I don’t know about your theater, but mine charged us two bucks extra for this 3D experience, which pissed me off a little at first, but once I thought about it, it made sense to charge a bit extra(plus, I got to keep the glasses, though I won’t ever use them again). I grabbed a prime seat in the back with my sis, and the flick began.
Good LORD, this thing is great with a regular viewing, but it is ASTOUNDING in 3D. Right from the opening shot in the forest, I was completely immersed in the film. Now to be clear, this isn’t really the type of 3D film where things are being thrown toward the screen over and over to make you jump. There are some jumps here and there, but things don’t really come off of the screen. Moreso, it felt like Tim Burton and company shrank me down and let me walk through Halloweentown with Jack and his pals. It’s such a kickass effect that the few people in the theater with my sister and I were oohing and ahhing aloud. It was absolutely enthralling, especially since I hadn’t watched the film in a little while. By now, if you don’t the story of this film, you deserve death in my book, but I’ll do a quick recap of the stuff that I loved.
Jack Skellington is awesome in 3D. Just AWESOME. I had the goofiest smile on my face during his introduction, and his song atop the curling hill in the pumpkin patch(my favorite moment in the whole film has to be when that hill uncurls as Jack descends it) still gets to me years after first hearing it. He’s my favorite character, and I was giddy as hell to see him in all of his 3D glory. My other old favorites looked gorgeous, especially the two-faced mayor and Oogie Boogie(Oogie’s song is particularly kickass in a 3D format). Halloweentown looks fantastically creepy. I spotted several details in the background that I never noticed before, and I’ve seen this thing more times than I can count. The only way that this could have been any better would have been to release it as IMAX 3D, but I might have fainted in the theater at just how great it was.
So, in case you couldn’t tell already, here’s my final verdict: Disney must do this 3D release every year. I don’t know if you guys keep up with box office as religiously as I do, but this thing kicked some serious ass for a flick that’s thirteen years old in reissue. The thing has scored the highest per-screen average for a reason. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to hustle. It won’t be in theaters much longer. I’m so glad that I got to see it this year. The story is a classic, the songs are great, the characters are so much fun to watch, and you can watch it at least twice a year. What the hell else do you want?