Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: The Christmas Shoes, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Fast Freddie the Widow and me.

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From this Saturday at 12am Eastern, that’s 6pm Saturday in NZ, 4pm in Sydney and 5am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movies The Christmas Shoes from 2002, The Nightmare Before Christmas from 1993, and Fast Freddie the Widow and me from 2011.
The Christmas Shoes is a 2002 American Canadian made-for-television drama film based on the song and novel of the same name which was broadcast on CBS on 1 December 2002.
A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.
It was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
It is the first part in a trilogy of films, followed by The Christmas Blessing (2005) and The Christmas Hope (2009).
Based on: The Christmas Shoes novel by Donna VanLiere.
Written by: Wesley Bishop.
Directed by: Andy Wolk.
Starring: Rob Lowe, and Kimberly Williams.
Music by: Lawrence Shragge.
Country of origin: United States, and Canada.
Original language: English.
File Length: 88 minutes.
Release date: 1 December 2002.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (also known as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas) is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick in his feature directorial debut and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.
It tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of " Halloween Town", who stumbles upon " Christmas Town" and schemes to take over the holiday.
Danny Elfman wrote the songs and score and provided the singing voice of Jack.
The principal voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ed Ivory.
The Nightmare Before Christmas originated from a poem written by Burton in 1982 while he was working as an animator at Walt Disney Productions.
With the critical success of Vincent that same year, Burton began to consider developing the film as either a short film or a half-hour television special, to no avail.
Over the years, Burton's thoughts regularly returned to the project, and, in 1990, he made a development deal with Walt Disney Studios.
Production started in July 1991 in San Francisco ; Disney initially released the film through the Touchstone Pictures label because the studio believed the film would be "too dark and scary for kids".
The Nightmare Before Christmas premiered at the New York Film Festival on 9 October 1993, and was given a limited release on 13 October, before its wide theatrical release on 29 October.
The film was met with commercial and critical success upon release, earning praise for its animation, particularly the innovation of stop-motion as an art form, as well as its characters, songs, and score.
While initially a modest box office hit, it has since garnered a large cult following and is widely regarded as one of the greatest animated films of all time.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, a first for an animated film, but lost to Jurassic Park.
The film has been reissued by Walt Disney Pictures and was re-released annually in Disney Digital 3-D from 2006 until 2010.
Directed by: Henry Selick.
Screenplay by: Caroline Thompson.
Adaptation by: Michael McDowell.
Story by: Tim Burton.
Produced by: Tim Burton , and Denise Di Novi.
Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, and Ed Ivory.
Cinematography: Pete Kozachik.
Edited by: Stan Webb.
Music by: Danny Elfman.
Production companies: Touchstone Pictures, and Skellington Productions.
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
Release dates: 9 October 1993 ( New York Film Festival), 13 October 1993 (limited), and 29 October 1993 (United States).
File Length: 76 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $24 million.
Box office: $101.2 million.
Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me is a 2011 one-off Christmas television special, made by STV Studios and broadcast by ITV on Tuesday 27 December 2011.
The story centres on a wealthy car dealer who befriends a terminally ill teenager and makes his Christmas wish come true.
Genre: Drama.
Written by: Christopher Dunlop.
Directed by: David Richards.
Starring: Laurence Fox, Jack McMullen, Sarah Smart, Marian McLoughlin, Tamzin Outhwaite, David Westhead, Faye Daveney, Judy Flynn, and Bill Paterson.
Country of origin: United Kingdom.
Original language: English.
File Length: 72 minutes.
Release Date: 27 December 2011.
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