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Nightmare Before Christmas, The

Bad Santa 2 may have been a crushing disappointment, but the festive season is saved by a welcome rerelease of Tim Burton's spooky 1993 stop animation fantasy, which screens at selected cinemas in eye-popping 3D. The fable revolves around scheming Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon), the cause celebre of Hallowe'en Town, who gatecrashes Christmas Town and hatches a dastardly scheme to replace Santa Claus (Ed Ivory) as the figurehead of Christmas by kidnapping the portly man in the red suit. Meanwhile, Jack's rag doll sweetheart Sally (Catherine O'Hara) tries to escape from her mad scientist father Dr Finkelstein (William Hickey), who has imprisoned her in his mansion. This battle of wits propels Sally into the clutches of Hallowe'en Town's infamous bogeyman, Oogie Boogie (Ken Page), who gambles on everything - including the fate of other's people's lives. Brilliantly imaginative character design is almost as dazzling as Danny Elfman's score, which includes the songs Making Christmas, Sally's Song and What's This?