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Prepare for a twisted story of fright and delight in this spooky retelling of the groundbreaking stop-motion film and the tale of Jack Skellington. Welcome to Halloween Town, where vampires, witches, and goblins rule the never-ending night! One Halloween, something befalls the almighty Pumpkin King. Beyond the tricks and scares, an emptiness begins to grow within Jack Skell Prepare for a twisted story of fright and delight in this spooky retelling of the groundbreaking stop-motion film and the tale of Jack Skellington. Welcome to Halloween Town, where vampires, witches, and goblins rule the never-ending night! One Halloween, something befalls the almighty Pumpkin King. Beyond the tricks and scares, an emptiness begins to grow within Jack Skellington. He finds himself far from home, in a land where people smile, laugh, and sing with glee, and he feels that this Christmas Town could be the answer to his melancholy. Everyone is in for a surprise as Jack tries to unlock the secret of Christmas, take over the holiday, and kidnaps Santa Claus! Meanwhile, Sally, a compassionate rag doll, has a vision--a horrible end is near if Jack succeeds in ruling Christmas. Torn between her love for Jack and saving both towns, she must prevent her vision from coming true. As Jack assumes his role as Sandy Claws, he discovers where he truly belongs . . . But is it too late? Join Jack and Sally as two of the biggest holidays collide in an explosion of chills and thrills in this graphic novel retelling in hardcover format!


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Prepare for a twisted story of fright and delight in this spooky retelling of the groundbreaking stop-motion film and the tale of Jack Skellington. Welcome to Halloween Town, where vampires, witches, and goblins rule the never-ending night! One Halloween, something befalls the almighty Pumpkin King. Beyond the tricks and scares, an emptiness begins to grow within Jack Skell Prepare for a twisted story of fright and delight in this spooky retelling of the groundbreaking stop-motion film and the tale of Jack Skellington. Welcome to Halloween Town, where vampires, witches, and goblins rule the never-ending night! One Halloween, something befalls the almighty Pumpkin King. Beyond the tricks and scares, an emptiness begins to grow within Jack Skellington. He finds himself far from home, in a land where people smile, laugh, and sing with glee, and he feels that this Christmas Town could be the answer to his melancholy. Everyone is in for a surprise as Jack tries to unlock the secret of Christmas, take over the holiday, and kidnaps Santa Claus! Meanwhile, Sally, a compassionate rag doll, has a vision--a horrible end is near if Jack succeeds in ruling Christmas. Torn between her love for Jack and saving both towns, she must prevent her vision from coming true. As Jack assumes his role as Sandy Claws, he discovers where he truly belongs . . . But is it too late? Join Jack and Sally as two of the biggest holidays collide in an explosion of chills and thrills in this graphic novel retelling in hardcover format!

30 review for Disney the Nightmare Before Christmas: The Story of the Movie in Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Krystal Jane

    No. This was not well done at all. They used a special font to set apart the part of the story where there would have been a song, and instead of poetry or song lyrics, they have some kind of random mashup of words that doesn't flow, barely makes sense, and doesn't at all capture the charm of the movie. The story itself is always stripped down, which would have been fine if it was done well, which it was not. It only makes sense because I've seen the movie a dozen times. My expectations were too No. This was not well done at all. They used a special font to set apart the part of the story where there would have been a song, and instead of poetry or song lyrics, they have some kind of random mashup of words that doesn't flow, barely makes sense, and doesn't at all capture the charm of the movie. The story itself is always stripped down, which would have been fine if it was done well, which it was not. It only makes sense because I've seen the movie a dozen times. My expectations were too high. The art is beautiful. Maybe next time I'll just look at the pictures and listen to the soundtrack. Or just watch the movie again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    It’s fine. 🤷‍♀️

  3. 4 out of 5

    Doc

    This is Halloween, this is Halloween...but not as Halloween as the original. This book is not exactly what I was hoping for though I guess it is partially my fault after seeing some fun if not totally accurate adaptations of Disney movies in book form in the past. However this book seems to lack the magic of the original Nightmare before Christmas instead favoring the basic stripped down tale of one Jack Skellington as he struggles with a monotonous and repetitive existence as he and the others i This is Halloween, this is Halloween...but not as Halloween as the original. This book is not exactly what I was hoping for though I guess it is partially my fault after seeing some fun if not totally accurate adaptations of Disney movies in book form in the past. However this book seems to lack the magic of the original Nightmare before Christmas instead favoring the basic stripped down tale of one Jack Skellington as he struggles with a monotonous and repetitive existence as he and the others in the town of Halloween finishes up another successful celebration of the spooky season. The believe the problems I personally had were in part of what makes the original so great and how it seems to be not only difficult but impossible to duplicate in this small book format. Two of the things that are sacrificed that made the original movie great are the musical number (which is cut short and changed to reflect the narrative that keeps running at maximum velocity) and the unusual interaction of the citizens of Halloween town who although scary to a degree are also charming and unique when animated (instead all scenes are cut down so much of the charm and lead ups are cast to the cutting room floor.) So I decided to watch the original while following along with the book and found it a bit difficult because I ended up finding the movie keeping my attention so much better only cementing my opinion as I finished the book after. I also what to point out that although not all of the errors are obvious but whoever should have been checking for mistakes mixed up the Oogie kids for some reason. I am not going to fine tooth comb this to look for errors but I guess whoever was in charge must have thought their intended audience was going to be under the age of 5 because this story would have fit fine in one of those Little Golden Books being short and potentially capturing the attention of your little reader (assuming you don't show them the original movie which might be a little traumatic at times for such a young reader.) So in conclusion the artwork in this book is nice but the pace of the book is a bit distracting as my memories of what was happening in the book were not matching the book due to large amounts being cut for simplicities sake. (view spoiler)[(In the original movie our first introduction of Jack is he is dressed like a scarecrow who lights himself on fire and leaps into a fountain while in the book he is mysteriously just rising out of the fountain because...he was taking a dip in the middle of the Halloween celebration?) (hide spoiler)] I would suggest anyone considering getting this book to check it out at your local library or peek within it at your local book store before adding it to your own collection. As for me I hope someone loves this book when I drop it off at the library seeing as it was simply okay to me. I can't help but feel this book would have been better if they just took the original poem and they added some of this pretty art to it rather then what they managed here. Rant ended. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jordana

    More like 2.5* Usually if I don’t like a book ( a low rating like this) I would try to sell it or give it away but I love collecting Nightmare Before Christmas things because it is one of my favourite movies of all times. The artwork in this was stunning and was super accurate to how the characters look in the movie. This book is worthy of collecting purely because of the art. However, the adaptation from movie to book was poorly executed. The pacing was off and it didn’t include a lot of the vi More like 2.5* Usually if I don’t like a book ( a low rating like this) I would try to sell it or give it away but I love collecting Nightmare Before Christmas things because it is one of my favourite movies of all times. The artwork in this was stunning and was super accurate to how the characters look in the movie. This book is worthy of collecting purely because of the art. However, the adaptation from movie to book was poorly executed. The pacing was off and it didn’t include a lot of the vital parts of the plot or character in the graphic novel. I understand that you can’t really effectively write song lyrics in a book and people will know the tune and pacing of the song but I feel like since this is a book for fans of the movie it would have overall made it better. ( Maybe this shouldn’t have been written at all since the movie is like 75% told through song?) The biggest issue I had with this though was the name of the three kid trick-or-treaters (Oggies Boys). In the movie their names are Shock (the witch girl), Lock (the devil boy) and Barrel ( the skeleton boy). The book, for some reason beyond me because these names really are not that hard to remember ( especially when you put a guide like the one I wrote in the front of the book),kept messing them up by mixing up the names when they introduce themselves ( calling themselves by the wrong name not intentionally) and a complete misspelling of Shock’s name ( she was called Stock at one point). I feel like whoever edited did not properly look it over, if at all. Over all if you are a fan of the movie this is a beautiful item to own but in my personal opinion very problematic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite movies, so I was surprised that I hadn't realised that this book existed. It's a fifty page, super-compacted retelling of the movie, so it definitely helps if you've seen it before reading, but it hits all the story beats that you need to understand what's going on, even if the emotional punch falls away at certain points. There are a few little mishaps - Lock, Shock, and Barrel get mislabeled twice, which is peculiar, and some of the song ly The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite movies, so I was surprised that I hadn't realised that this book existed. It's a fifty page, super-compacted retelling of the movie, so it definitely helps if you've seen it before reading, but it hits all the story beats that you need to understand what's going on, even if the emotional punch falls away at certain points. There are a few little mishaps - Lock, Shock, and Barrel get mislabeled twice, which is peculiar, and some of the song lyrics gets mangled in order to fit into the narrative; I'd rather they'd have forgone the lyrics and just reinterpreted the message rather than tried to cram the lyrics into actual sentences. The artwork is very pretty though. Some characters lose a few details in crowd scenes, but everyone's on model, and the colours are bright. The physical comedy translates decently as well; the battle between Oogie and Jack plays out in one long panel that looks great. I also liked the font shift for internal monologues/musical sequences which is playful and really well done. Probably one for the fans more than anything else, but that's not exactly a bad thing. Come for the art, more than anything else.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sameer Rajakumar

    For someone who haven’t seen the movie as yet ( I just didn’t but not sure why) I throughly enjoyed reading this story, and the artwork is amazing plus I loved the characters in the story and it was like the characters spoke out the story to me when I was reading it if you get what I mean . Overall this was a highly enjoyable read for me and I would definitely recommend this to anyone to read , young and old 👍👍

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    It weirdly had a few errors that bothered me. Namely they kept getting Shock, Lock, and Barrel wrong? They at one point literally wrote Stock instead of Shock.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nadia Batista

    Desde a primeira vez que vi o filme Nightmare Before Christmas, que me apaixonei perdidamente - no entanto, desconhecia por completo a existência deste livro (e de outros, também). É uma graphic novel curta e que se lê bastante rápido, e que acaba por fazer as delícias de qualquer fã do filme, pois mata as saudades do seu imaginário. O meu único problema com a narrativa é precisamente esta ser demasiado curta - o que acaba por a tornar um pouco confusa, se alguém a decidir ler antes de ver o fil Desde a primeira vez que vi o filme Nightmare Before Christmas, que me apaixonei perdidamente - no entanto, desconhecia por completo a existência deste livro (e de outros, também). É uma graphic novel curta e que se lê bastante rápido, e que acaba por fazer as delícias de qualquer fã do filme, pois mata as saudades do seu imaginário. O meu único problema com a narrativa é precisamente esta ser demasiado curta - o que acaba por a tornar um pouco confusa, se alguém a decidir ler antes de ver o filme. Uma leitura obrigatória para qualquer amante deste maravilho e intemporal filme!

  9. 5 out of 5

    sucker4synth

    The art was good. Pacing was very quick. If you hadn't already seen the film, it would be quiet confusing. The art was good. Pacing was very quick. If you hadn't already seen the film, it would be quiet confusing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dom Nuno

    It really bears no comparison to the movie, which was SO much better visually.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gaea

    3.75 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    V i v i a n ☆

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ganesh Beniwal

  15. 4 out of 5

    Haley Rose

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex ♐︎

  17. 5 out of 5

    Damira

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Manten

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gray

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jodie✨

  21. 5 out of 5

    Woolfie Silvanus

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Todd

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sol Troche

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tim Pilot

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jani

  27. 4 out of 5

    Willow Academy

  28. 4 out of 5

    JUMi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Iris Geurtjens

  30. 4 out of 5

    Philip Ellwell

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