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'Nightmare' even better in 3-D

October 23, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER / Pulse Correspondent

Thirteen years ago, Tim Burton's ghoulish triumph "The Nightmare Before Christmas" hit the big screen. This year, fans can and have had the chance to catch it again - in 3-D.

The movie plot and animation itself haven't changed at all - Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, grows tired of only celebrating Halloween every year. When he stumbles across the delightful Christmastown, he's determined to make the holiday his own, despite the warnings of his more practical secret admirer, Sally. Jack manages nearly to ruin Christmas and himself before realizing his mistake.

The experience itself was better than I had imagined. Viewers are given 3-D glasses made of sturdy plastic instead of flimsy cardboard, so children are less likely to accidentally ruin them and thus their view of the show. While the 3-D itself wasn't as dramatic as I thought it would be, it was still a great way to enhance the movie.

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Anyone who loves "Nightmare" or wants a fun, spooky movie for Halloween should check this film out. Burton's already incredible stop-motion animation paired with 3-D effects, including a pumpkin Jack-in-the-box jumping out to startle the crowd, will delight children, teens and adults altogether.

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