Who would have thought that one of the most popular Halloween films with a twist of Christmas was based off a poem? Tim Burton’s stop animation film The Nightmare Before Christmas was based on a poem created by Tim Burton. The films unique spin on the creation of Halloween and the idea that our holidays are parallel worlds besides our own.
This is Halloween
Halloween Town is a world stuck in the Halloween theme. It’s ruled by the Pumpkin King whose job is to play the Halloween celebrations in the human world. Jack Skellington has grown tired of the constant years of Halloween and wants a new spin on his holiday.
He comes across the forest of holidays and enters the doorway to Christmas Town which is ruled by Santa Clause. Jack’s inspired to not create another Halloween but to take over Christmas.
Jack Skellington is the ruler and Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Jack is a flamboyant leader who tries his best to make his town happy by creating schemes that will be remembered. Jack is intelligent and creative using his talents but will sacrifice his own happiness to make others happy.
Sally is a rag doll created by Dr. Finklestein who created her so he would have a companion, yet Sally holds feelings only for Jack. Sally is knowledgeable about herbs and poisons using them to escape from her creators’ home. Sally is quiet, reserved, and a bit clumsy but will speak up when she knows something is wrong. She is the reason to Jack’s creativity.
Oogie Boogie is a sack full of bugs and is seen as a more devious leader compared to Jack. Oogie is cunning using tricks and deceiving others to succeed. Oogie plans are for Jack to fail so he can become the new ruler of Halloween Town.
Dr. Finklestein is a mad scientist known for his crazy and unorthodox experiments. He created Sally and helps Jack with the mechanics of Christmas. Dr. Finklestein’s high intelligence shows that he believes he’s the most intelligent person and that everyone else is beneath him. He created Sally to have a caretaker only for her to act more like his daughter.
To me this movie is a classic and can be watched on Halloween and Christmas. I find the idea of a fusion of the two holidays unique and puts a new spin on the classics. I give this movie a nine out of ten rating, because I love the musical numbers and the development of the story. The characters are well developed but there are parts in the film that feel a bit slow compared to the rest of the movie.
Additionally, The Nightmare Before Christmas was a risk on Burton’s part using stop motion animation to create the film. To create this effect a doll of the characters was used and each second of the film they had to be arranged in a different movement. Burton feared that the movie wouldn’t be a success yet today there are thousands of fans and Disney bought the rights to the film allowing Halloween Town to come to life in their parks during the spooky holiday.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read,