Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas dir. Henry Selick (1993) Cue the skeleton: “If Christmas fills your heart with woe, a schmaltz-fest souring your December maybe you’ll prefer macabre stop-motion Halloween adventures (but) Disney brings the curse of singing, rhymes so trying, Walt’s will lurking Elfman’s lyrics don’t deliver Burton’s dark disturbance.”
Inside Out dir. Pete Docter (Disney/Pixar, 2015) Cleverly conceived, coherently executed, emotionally and intellectually mature, Inside Out is (arguably) the first animation in recent memory to be pitched more at parents than their children. Actor Richard Kind and the creators deserve an award for their portrayal of Bing Bong.