There’s probably no huge surprise at what my favourite movie is especially with my love for the colder time of the year, Halloween and of course Tim Burton. If those clues just weren’t quite enough (shame on you) then I better come out and just say my favourite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The movie first came out in 1998? and looking back I’m not sure why my parents showed it to me at the tender age of 8 because it can be a bit creepy (Oogie Boogie and the creepy Halloween town) but none the less I saw it and instead of being disgusted I was mesmerised. I had been brought up on a diet of Disney, princesses and Grease and so the creepy, occult, Halloween world was so new and exciting for my little brain.
I remember within a few years I had destroyed the video-tape we had of it from watching it so many times so we had to replace it and I’m now on DVD number 2 (possibly even 3 as I then bought a limited edition version). It’s a tradition of mine to watch it on Halloween (or as close to) and again at the beginning of December just after I’ve put up my Christmas tree (although other times do creep in as well).
The stop-motion element of the movie fascinates me as I know from reading books and seeing behind the scenes work that this would have taken a long time to do yet the movements of each character from the spindly Jack Skellington to the fat clunky walk of Santa are spot on. I love the fact that there is an overriding love story within the movie but the love between Jack and creating something new overrides the romantic love element (although Jack and Sally together at the end does give me all the feels).
And the songs, my god the songs are just addictive. ‘Jack’s Lament’ is one of my ultimate favourites although you can’t deny that with all the character voices ‘This is Halloween’ is an ultimate classic piecing together and introducing all the characters so early on within the movie. I remember seeing Danny Elfman’s production at The Royal Albert Hall a few years ago where an orchestra performed tracks from Tim Burton movies he’d worked on and at the end they did a number of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas which of course Elfman sang (as he’s the singing voice of Jack) and it’s the closest I’ve ever come to crying at a production. FYI I am cold hearted and do not cry so this was a big deal!
I find it hard to watch my favourite movie with other people merely because I know every word to not just the songs but the script and have to really push myself to not sing and talk along if I am with other people. It’s one of those movies my parents thought I’d grow out of when I was no longer a teenager in the full depths of emo, but I never did.