This Day In Music History: 1993 – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Hits US Theaters

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 American stop motion dark fantasy musical film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.Danny Elfman wrote the film score and provided the singing voice of Jack, as well as some minor characters. The remaining principal voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens and Glenn Shadix. The Soundtrack, composed by Danny Elfman, was nominated for the 1993 Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Elfman found writing Nightmare‍ ’​s 10 songs as one of the easiest jobs he ever had.

The film’s soundtrack album was released in 1993 on Walt Disney Records. For the film’s 2006 re-release in Disney Digital 3-D, a special edition of the soundtrack was released, featuring a bonus disc which contained covers of five of the film’s songs by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, and She Wants Revenge. Four original demo tracks by Elfman were also included. On September 30, 2008, Disney released the cover album Nightmare Revisited, featuring artists such as Amy Lee, Flyleaf, Korn, Rise Against, Plain White T’s, The All-American Rejects, and many more.

Another soundtrack released in 2003 was the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday CD. Although most were not original songs from the movie, one song provided on the CD is a medley of “Making Christmas”, “What’s This?”, and “Kidnap the Santy Claws”. Other songs included are original holiday songs changed to incorporate the theme of the movie. The last song on the list, however, is the soundtrack for the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday ride.

The film was also one of the inspirations for Blink-182’s I Miss You, with its grim mood and lyrical references like “have Hallowe’en on Christmas” and “Jack and Sally”.

Halloween Town is a fantasy world filled with citizens such as deformed monsters, ghosts,  ghouls, goblins, vampires, wer ewolves and witches. Jack Skellington, a skeleton known as The Pumpkin King, leads them in organizing the annual Halloween holiday. However, in a monologue, Jack reveals he has grown tired of the same routine year after year. Wandering dejectedly in the woods, he stumbles across the seven holiday doors and accidentally opens a portal to Christmas Town, whose residents are charged with organizing the annual Christmas holiday, under the guidance of Santa Claus. Impressed by the feeling and style of Christmas, Jack presents his findings and his understanding of Christmas, to the Halloween Town residents. They fail to grasp his meaning and compare everything to their idea of Halloween, although there is one Christmas character they can relate to: a fearsome lobster-like king who flies at night, named “Sandy Claws”. Meanwhile, Jack barely understands Christmas himself, obsessively tries to study the holiday but ultimately decides that since he cannot understand it, he should improve it, and announces that they will take over Christmas this year.

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