Unpopular Opinion: I Don’t Like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
*The names of the individuals involved with this story have been changed as to not offend them if they ever end up reading this.
Let me start this off by saying I am 100% a die hard Disney fan through-and-through (I have a Disneyland Annual Pass for crying out loud!), but I have a confession to make — I don't like The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Now, I think I can trace my distaste for this film all the way back to when I was a seventh grader back in 2000 (yes, I'm old). We had a substitute teacher in my "core" classes (English/History) since our regular teacher was on maternity leave. Mrs. Hardy* was taking over for the first three months of the school year, so naturally, she was our teacher around Halloween time. I was not the biggest fan of her as is, and she had an obsession with The Nightmare Before Christmas, leading our class to watch it multiple times.
For whatever reason, my 12-year-old self was just NOT into this movie (that turns 20 this year, BTW). And being made to watch it more than once? I was not having it. Ever since then, I haven't been able to let myself get into this movie. I also think the fact that I'm not the biggest Tim Burton fan might also have something to do with it. (Side note, while I appreciate the work he does — it's visually stunning — it's just not for me).
(Another side note to further display how old I am — Mrs. Hardy regaled us with a story about how we should be watching The Nightmare Before Christmas on this newfangled technology called a "DVD" since it had "Making Of" segments and behind the scenes features.)
This movie SHOULD have everything Disney fans love — music, Holidays, etc., but I'm just not a fan. I will admit that I'm a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas/Haunted Mansion take over they do at Disneyland around Halloween and Christmas, so I guess it evens out?
What do YOU guys think? Are you with me? Or am I crazy for not liking this movie? Start the debate in the comments section!
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