Bored with his lot Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, decides to take over Christmas Town, kidnapping Santa Claus and giving Xmas a Halloweeny make-over.
It is a scientific fact that any film is improved by 16 per cent when viewed in 3-D (except Dogme). For fans of Tim Burton’s stop-motion musical, it adds both a literal and figurative dimension to the experience.
The layered effect (this is deep 3-D, rather than the ‘jump out of the screen and sit on your lap’ variety) brings out detail in the puppets and illuminates background elements, giving the film a sense of grandeur befitting its operatic structure. Stop-motion is never going to be as slick as computer animation, but that’s its charm. And now that charm comes with funny glasses.
Bigger, Better and with more dimensions...