The Nightmare Before Christmas is about the king of Halloweenland who gets tired of the same Halloween things all the time and ventures out to see the rest of the world. He stumbles upon a forest full of trees and this forest also contains doors to several other holiday lands. He winds up choosing the Christmasland door and finds himself in Christmasland. He is amazed at the beauty and decides that he wants to take the place of Santa Claus and deliver Christmas himself. The king of Halloweenland, known as Jack Skellington, orders two of his younger residents to kidnap Santa so that Jack can bring gifts to the children. When everything goes horribly wrong Jack soon realizes that he has no place in Christmas and tries to bring Santa back to save Christmas. The problem is that the evil Oogie Boogie has taken Santa and Jack must now save Santa from Oogie Boogie in order to save Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas tries to be a children’s story, and the fact that the animation is so unique helps it appeal to children, but it does have its dark moments that certainly are not for children. But brilliance of the look of the movie, which Burton has gone on to recreate in another story of his called The Corpse Bride, is worth the price of admission alone and the story is entertaining as well. Each time this movie has been released to theaters it has done very well and it enjoys a large following. On top of box office success it also enjoys critical success and has an Academy Award nomination to its credit for sound production. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a strange but wonderful holiday movie with the only problem being figuring out exactly which holiday it applies to.