Welcome to Day-29 of The 31-Days of Halloween! Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of a classic film that bridges two holidays: "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Conceived and produced by Tim Burton, this film had its origins in a poem written by Burton in 1982, when he was working as an animator for Disney.
Over the years Burton thought about how he could further develop his poem. At one point he thought about making it into a half-hour TV special, but it wasn't until 1990 that he finally had a concept that got Disney's attention.
The story follows Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, the master of all the celebrations in Halloween Town. Jack eventually becomes bored with doing the same thing over and over again. Fate intervenes as Jack accidentally finds a hidden portal in the forest to Christmas Town, where he discovers a holiday and celebrations he's never encountered before.
Smitten with his discovery he embarks on a mission to take-over Christmas in-place of Santa Claus (or "Sandy Claws" as Jack mistakenly hears.)
The film's music and the singing-voice of Jack Skellington are provided by Burton's longtime collaborator (and someone we were just talking about last week,) Danny Elfman! As you may also know, Elfman was the lead vocalist and founder of Oingo Boingo. This puts me in a quandary that can only be solved one way: TWO songs for the Halloween playlist. We'll add Danny Elfman singing the tune "Poor Jack" from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and we'll also go with the title-track from Oingo Boingo's 1985 album, "Dead Man's Party." They're both waiting under the tree for you on the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. Happy listening!