The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary
Just in time for Halloween and Christmas, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas celebrates its twentieth anniversary. Originally released in 1993, the film follows Jack Skellington The Pumpkin King and the inhabitants of Halloweentown as they try to put their own twist on Christmas.
As a huge Tim Burton fan, this is my favorite film he’s done. However, my love for the film didn’t start with the film. It started with a little video game called Kingdom Hearts Ii.
The world of The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of many Disney worlds featured in the game. Needless to say, it became my favorite one.
It was creepy and cool at the same time because you could enter Halloweentown and Christmastown to fight Heartless (one of the evil creatures of the game). Also, the special move that Jack and Sora do when they fight together is awesome.
Aside from the gameplay, I grew to love the characters. Jack was creepy yet fun, Sally was creepy yet caring, and Oogie was creepy and fun to fight against. Sometime before I beat the game, I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time and really enjoyed it.
One of my favorite things about the movie is how Tim Burton combined the two most fun holidays of the year together. It makes the movie great for kids and kids at heart.
The other thing I loved about the movie was its soundtrack. Danny Elfman proves himself not only as an excellent composer, but also an excellent singer. In the film, he does the singing voice of Jack Skellington.
The soundtrack was so well done that musicians and rock bands decided to do their own version of it. Entitled Nightmare Revisited, the album features musicians such as The Vitamin String Quartet, Marilyn Manson, and Amy Lee. My personal favorite song is Amy Lee’s cover of “Sally’s Song”.
Recently, Danny Elfman has been performing songs from the original soundtrack live at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ve seen four performances via a Rolling Stone magazine article and YouTube. It’s hard to believe these are Elfman’s first performances in eighteen years.
Happy anniversary, Nightmare Before Christmas!
Here is Danny Elfman performance of “Jack’s Obsession” live from Royal Albert Hall