It’s been twenty years since Tim Burton’s chef d’oeuvre snuck into our hearts, and, my, that makes me feel old. Yet every time I watch this film I feel young again (nevermind that I didn’t see the film until I was in my late teens).
Here are some things you may not have known about Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated feature:
- Tim Burton worked as an animator for Disney in the ’80s, and it was during that time that he wrote the poem upon which the film is based.
- Danny Elfman, the composer for Nightmare and many other Burton features, is the singing voice of Jack Skellington. He is also Barrel and the “Clown with the Tear-Away Face.”
- Burton refused the idea of any sequels, stating that he wanted to maintain the film’s “purity.”
- On the film’s soundtrack, Patrick Stewart voices the introduction.
- The film made approximately $50 million in its original theatrical release; it has made at least 50% more in every theatrical release since (especially once it was released in 3-D).
So there’s your little bit of film history. The twentieth anniversary 3-D Blu-ray is on sale at amazon.
Now, enjoy my favorite bit of my favorite animated film.
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