One of the most famous movies produced by Tim Burton is The Nightmare Before Christmas, a motion dark fantasy musical film that tells the story of Jack Skellington, mixing during the entire movie the Halloween atmosphere and the Christmas atmosphere. Due to its success during the years, The Nightmare Before Christmas is the first stop-motion animated feature to be entirely converted to 3D.

When you listen to the soundtracks during the movie, you just know that it will be a success. There are melodies that catch the attention of all listeners, and let you enter into the Halloween world, but also into the Christmas world. It’s like you’re there, and you also understand better the characters of the film.


The skillful man that wrote the music is Danny Elfman, an American composer, song writer and record producer. You probably know Elfman because he also wrote the soundtracks of the movies Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Batman (1989), in addition to the music of the American television comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives (that I love).

Elfman is now one of the most important composers in the world, winning a Grammy, an Emmy, having several Academy Award nominations and winning 24 BMI Film & Television Awards during his brilliant career.

In 1985 the professional collaboration and friendship with Tim Burton begins; together they worked making Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, and of course The Nightmare Before Christmas. Their next project is the upcoming film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  Can’t wait to watch it!

But, talking about The Nightmare Before Christmas, the soundtrack of the film, with the same name, was nominated in 1993 at the Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

Many famous singers have made covers of the songs, among which Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple and Fall Out Boy.

Given that the success of the film has been worldwide, there are several foreign language versions of the soundtrack, each features tracks sung by vocalists in their native language.

In my opinion the soundtrack of The Nightmare Before Christmas is unique, because you really understand the movie by the music and the texts of the songs; it’s a mix of scary, joyful, emotional melodies that totally fit into the story.


What do you think about this film? Do you like the soundtrack?


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Published by Iole Catanzaro