A Sweet and Scary Treat

The Nightmare Before Christmas spins a fun-house fantasy for two holidays

What's this? A Disney Studio cartoon with banshees baying at the moon! What's this? An animated feature where each creature wants to eat you with a spoon! What's this? Black hats, black cats, a pack of blackguard rats! And bats that function as cravats! What's this? In just a spooky second you'll be certain that behind the cartoon curtain it's not Disney, it's Tim Burton. And it's bliss!

Expect the impossible from Burton, whose directorial vision is uniquely odd and charming. His previous features -- Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns -- are outsider epics that locate...

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