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just_RB
in_IN
time_NN
for_IN
halloween_IN
and_CC
christmas_NN
,_,
the_DT
reissue_NN
of_IN
the_DT
nightmare_NN
before_IN
christmas_NN
couldn't_MD
be_BE
more_DT
appropriate_JJ
._.
with_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
attention_NN
thrown_VBN
to_IN
"_"
family_NN
films_NNS
"_"
in_IN
recent_JJ
years_NNS
,_,
namely_RB
those_DT
starring_NN
pocket_NN
monsters_NNS
and_CC
nickelodeon_NN
characters_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
high_JJ
time_NN
we_PP
raised_VBD
the_DT
intellectual_JJ
level_NN
of_IN
children_NNS
's_POS
fare_NN
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
the_DT
animation_NN
achievements_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
studios_NNS
._.
with_IN
that_DT
in_IN
mind_NN
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
refreshing_JJ
to_TO
revisit_VB
an_DT
animation_NN
classic_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
that_CS
still_RB
retains_VBZ
the_DT
originality_NN
and_CC
freshness_NN
it_PP
had_HVD
seven_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
._.
nightmare_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
one_CD
man_NN
's_POS
quest_NN
to_IN
discover_VB
his_PP$
true_JJ
purpose_NN
in_IN
life_NN
--_???
to_TO
look_VB
beyond_IN
the_DT
accolades_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
peers_NNS
,_,
the_DT
achievements_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
years_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
praise_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
ego_NN
._.
jack_NP
skellington_NP
,_,
the_DT
pumpkin_NN
king_NN
of_IN
halloweentown_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
main_JJ
dude_???
behind_IN
the_DT
halloween_IN
holiday_NN
for_IN
kids_NNS
everywhere_RB
._.
but_CC
during_IN
his_PP$
reign_NN
as_IN
pumpkin_NN
king_NN
,_,
jack_NP
has_HVZ
somehow_RB
lost_VBN
his_PP$
understanding_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
place_NN
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
and_CC
the_DT
magic_JJ
he_PP
creates_VBZ
with_IN
his_PP$
halloween_NN
holiday_NN
._.
after_IN
the_DT
completion_NN
of_IN
one_CD
particular_JJ
halloween_IN
season_NN
,_,
jack_NP
walks_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
heavy_JJ
heart_NN
and_CC
ends_NNS
up_IN
discovering_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
woods_NNS
outside_IN
halloweentown_JJ
a_DT
grove_NN
of_IN
trees_NNS
with_IN
doors_NNS
to_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
holidays_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
._.
imagine_VB
his_PP$
surprise_NN
to_IN
discover_VB
christmastown_NP
,_,
a_DT
far_RB
more_RBR
impressive_JJ
and_CC
uplifting_JJ
holiday_NN
than_CS
halloween_IN
,_,
surrounded_VBD
by_IN
happy_JJ
elves_NNS
making_VBG
toys_NNS
,_,
and_CC
with_IN
good_JJ
cheer_NN
all_PDT
around_IN
._.
upon_IN
his_PP$
return_NN
to_IN
halloweentown_JJ
,_,
jack_NP
decides_VBZ
to_IN
combine_NN
halloween_IN
and_CC
christmas_NN
together_RB
by_IN
kidnapping_NN
"_"
sandy_JJ
claws_NNS
,_,
"_"
employing_JJ
all_PDT
the_DT
residents_NNS
of_IN
halloweentown_JJ
to_IN
build_NN
toys_NNS
for_IN
children_NNS
._.
he_PP
then_RB
aims_VBZ
to_IN
take_VB
over_IN
the_DT
role_NN
as_IN
primary_JJ
joy-provider_NN
and_CC
gift-bearer_NN
to_IN
the_DT
children_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
hopes_NNS
of_IN
rediscovering_VBG
the_DT
zest_NN
for_IN
life_NN
he_PP
once_RB
had_HVD
._.
alas_UH
,_,
the_DT
co-mingling_NN
of_IN
halloween_IN
and_CC
christmas_NN
creates_VBZ
disastrous_JJ
results_NNS
involving_VBG
shrunken_JJ
heads_NNS
,_,
psychotic_JJ
wooden_JJ
ducks_NNS
,_,
a_DT
sleigh_NP
pulled_VBD
by_IN
a_DT
phantom_JJ
dog_NN
with_IN
a_DT
lighted_JJ
nose_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
large_JJ
,_,
sinister_JJ
,_,
singing_VBG
bag_NN
named_VBN
oogie_NP
boogie_NN
tim_NP
burton_NP
--_???
the_DT
man_NN
behind_IN
such_DT
great_JJ
films_NNS
as_IN
ed_NN
wood_NN
,_,
beetlejuice_NN
,_,
pee-wee_NN
's_POS
big_JJ
adventure_NN
,_,
and_CC
edward_NP
scissorhands_NNS
--_???
is_BEZ
the_DT
creative_JJ
force_NN
behind_IN
nightmare_NN
._.
originally_RB
,_,
burton_NP
authored_VBD
a_DT
poem_NN
that_CS
became_VBD
the_DT
basis_NN
of_IN
the_DT
storyline_JJ
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
was_BEDZ
jointly_RB
involved_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
production_NN
design_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
(_(
though_CS
many_DT
mistakenly_RB
assume_VB
he_PP
directed_JJ
the_DT
picture_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
stamp_NN
of_IN
burton_NP
is_BEZ
clearly_RB
everywhere_RB
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
--_???
with_IN
bold_NP
colors_NNS
,_,
imaginative_JJ
character_NN
design_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
simple_JJ
yet_RB
compelling_JJ
story_NN
._.
the_DT
direction_NN
of_IN
harry_NP
selick_NP
,_,
who_WP
also_RB
directed_VBN
james_NP
and_CC
the_DT
giant_NN
peach_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
strong_JJ
,_,
offering_VBG
intimate_JJ
views_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
strange_JJ
collection_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
._.
also_RB
memorable_JJ
are_BER
the_DT
songs_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
written_VBN
by_IN
former_DT
oingo_NP
boingo_NP
lead_NN
singer_NN
danny_NP
elfman_NN
,_,
the_DT
next_OD
john_NP
williams_NP
of_IN
film_NN
composing_VBG
._.
the_DT
nightmare_NN
before_IN
christmas_NN
is_BEZ
intended_VBN
for_IN
both_PDT
the_DT
kid_NN
and_CC
adult_NN
in_IN
everyone_PN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
just_RB
child_NN
's_POS
play_NN
for_IN
the_DT
holidays_NNS
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
movie_NN
about_IN
how_WRB
to_TO
be_BE
truly_RB
happy_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
tough_JJ
world_NN
,_,
saying_VBG
that_CS
all_PDT
you_PP
need_VB
to_TO
do_DO
is_BEZ
just_JJ
be_BE
exactly_RB
who_NP
you_PP
are_BER
,_,
without_IN
compromise_NN
._.
what_WDT
better_NN
message_NN
is_BEZ
there_RB
for_IN
christmas_NN
?_?