By Scott Brown
Updated October 25, 2006 04:00 AM
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Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas
Credit: Nightmare Before Christmas: Disney

In 1993, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was the pumpkin-king of stop-motion, that classic analog precedent to CG animation. Burton and detail-obsessed director-animator Henry Selick delivered a Goth-holiday mutation of Rankin-Bass Christmas classics. Now the tale of Jack Skellington, the Halloween avatar who disastrously annexes Christmas, is back in actual 3-D, a process that here doesn’t produce many in-your-face jolts, but limns Selick’s lapidary ghouls quite beautifully. Flattened for years on cable and video, Nightmare has been resurrected in all its tactile glory.