I like Halloween way more than Christmas. (I won’t get into the reasons now but I will probably start to moan about consumerism etc. when Christmas starts approaching.) But this movie is a mix of the best of both worlds.
I can say, allergist without hyperbole, that I know most of the words to this movie and need to watch it by myself because I can’t help speaking along with the dialogue (which I only do for this movie). I also own the soundtrack and put it on year-round. In fact, this is probably the movie I have re-watched more than any other. (I knew the Mister was awesome when I went to his apartment to watch a movie before we started dating and he owned a copy – this was before it was released on DVD or re-released and gained huge popularity). When Burton’s Corpse Bride, was coming out many of my friends sent me e-mails saying that my “new favourite movie” was being released soon. Sadly, I found the Corpse Bride rather disappointing. I mean, it isn’t bad – but the music just isn’t as catchy and the plot isn’t as good.
Rumours of a sequel abounded for years and I just read something interesting about that on the Wikipedia site:
Burton stated, “I was always very protective of [Nightmare], not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, “Jack visits Thankgiving world” or other kinds of things, just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it,” Burton said. “Because it’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.”
I’m sure Burton means well – but the purity of the project? This must be an old quote because I see Nightmare Before Christmas and Jack Skellington merchandise everywhere these days – from dolls to shirts to alarm clocks. I guess Disneyland even has a Nightmare Before Christmas theme in it’s Haunted Mansion Holiday.