Awesome / The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • The way Sally escapes from Dr. Finklestein in the opening scene. Not only does she break free of the decrepit old doctor's grip, knocking him down, but the only part that Finklestein manages to grab on to (her arm) manages to smack him on the forehead, repeatedly.
  • This bit and everything that follows:
    (Oogie swings the ramp around)
    Jack: Hello, Oogie.
    • The way Oogie Boogie, the big bad of the film, is obviously terrified of Jack. There's a reason why Jack's the Pumpkin King, and the sadistic Oogie Boogie has been hiding for most of the film in a deadly gambling-themed basement.
    • Including Santa's way of dispatching what's left of Oogie.
    Oogie's last bug: My bugs! My bugs! My—(gets crushed by Santa's boot)
    • This is probably the only movie to feature Santa Claus killing the Boogie Man. There had to have been kids cheering for that.
  • This California man's astounding Halloween light show set to the song, "This Is Halloween". Who wouldn't want to take their kids trick-or-treating in that neighborhood?
  • Heck, Santa himself gets points for managing to remain so calm throughout the entire ordeal. The guy gets kidnapped from his home, finds himself face to face with a town full of hideous monsters, and is held prisoner by the freakin' Boogie Man (who threatens to turn him into stew—and possibly torture him); yet he manages to keep his composure almost the whole time.
    • Better yet, he's actually defiant towards Oogie the entire time he's being threatened. Be honest: would you be able to talk back to a living, towering sack of bugs and snakes?
      Santa: Release me fast, or you will have to answer for this heinous act!
    • And then he calls out Jack on his behavior after being rescued.
      Jack: Forgive me, Mr. Claws, I'm afraid I've made a terrible mess of your holiday.
      Santa: Bumpy sleigh ride, Jack? [snatches his hat out of Jack's hand] The next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to her! [points to Sally] She's the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum! [huffs] Skeletons, boogie men....
      Jack: I hope there's still time—
      Santa: To fix Christmas? Of course there is, I'm Santa Claus!
    • And then he does, in record time. Seriously, major props for the jolly old elf.
  • From the climax of "Poor Jack": "And I... JACK... THE PUMPKIN KING... That's right! I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!" (laughs maniacally)
    • At which point those people watching with knowledge of theater join in with "He is! Hurrah for the Pumpkin King!"
    • Also, the fact that Jack was shot by a missile, fell out of the sky, landed on a stone sculpture, and he was still fine afterwards.
  • What would happen if Jack Skellington took over the Haunted Mansion in his "take over Christmas" phase? Awesomeness, that's what.
  • Jack's entrance. That is all.
  • "Closing", anyone? The perfect ending for an awesome soundtrack.
  • And while we're on the subject of awesome songs from that film, "Kidnap the Sandy Claws".
  • The Oogie Boogie song was awesomely creepy. Seriously, what other Disney villain forces corpses in his lair to sing along?
  • Sally intentionally jumps out of her tower and is broken to pieces on the ground. After a beat, she gets up and nonchalantly sews herself back together.
    • Also, Sally going to save Santa herself. Granted, she fails, but the plan was still brilliant. Honestly, only those who believe that Real Women Don't Wear Dresses can deny that took guts.
  • "How DARE you treat my friends so shamefully!"
  • Awesome Music: ''This Is Halloween
  • Instead of Wangsting over his failure, Jack acknowledges that he screwed up, realizes that Halloween is his holiday, not Christmas, is sorry for his mistake, and goes off to fix things. While singing to himself.
  • Jack's genuinely menacing rage face after Lock, Shock and Barrel bring back the Easter Bunny rather than Santa Claus. It's easy to forget given how kind-hearted and well-meaning Jack is throughout the film, but he's the Pumpkin King for a reason.
    • At the same time, Jack is kind and respectful to the poor Easter Bunny: as soon as he's done scaring Lock, Shock, and Barrel straight, he apologizes to the Easter Bunny.
    "I'm terribly sorry about this, sir. (to the henchmen) Take him back, first! And apologize again!"
  • Humanity's rapid competent response to Jack's unwitting spreading of terror, police instructing citizens to close off any access Jack might use like chimneys or windows, and the military managing to lock down Jack's sleigh and shoot it down with anti-aircraft batteries.
  • When Sally's attempt to stop Jack's Christmas Eve flight appears to be successful, Zero with his glowing nose shows up and Jack commands him to the front of the skeletal reindeer team. They take off while the majority of the crowd cheers and Jack laughs Santa's classic "Ho-h-ho!". Danny Elfman's triumphant score is the icing on the cake.