Tim Burton

Analysing Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 28 July 2023 > Ready to Use

This is the first part of an analysis of the 1993 animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. We'll be publishing further parts in the coming months so you can study the film with A2-level pupils in class.

The film, directed by Henry Selick and written by Tim Burton, focuses on the King of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington. He and all the town's citizens, celebrate Halloween every day of the year. But Jack becomes bored with Halloween and when he stumbles upon Christmas Town, he decides to celebrate Christmas instead.

This first part of the analysis focuses on the beginning of the film and the Halloween theme.

Vocabulary and grammar

  • colours and shapes
  • body parts
  • physical descriptions
  • comparisons


    • Halloween

For more on a Tim Burton theme, check out our resource on the TV series Wednesday.

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