Halloween is fast approaching. And to celebrate, we look back on four anecdotes in one 90s animation masterpiece: The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton.
Tim Burton didn ' t direct the film
If The Nightmare Before Christmas is inseparable from the name of Tim Burton, the director of 'Edward with Silver Hands and Sleepy Hollow didn ' t direct the movie. Already busy directing Batman The Challenge, Burton doesn 't have time to make a stopgap movie. motion, and entrusts this delicate task to another director: Henry Selick , a true specialist in frame-by-frame animation. After studying animation at Disney alongside Burton, with whom he collaborated on animation classics Rox and Rouky (1981) and Taram and the Magic Cauldron (1985), Selick made credits in stop-motion for MTV. The Nightmare Before Christmas is his first feature film. The rest of his career will testify to his perfect mastery in frame by frame animation, since he will adapt James and the Grosse Pêche (1996), masterpiece of children's literature signed Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sacred Witches) and Coraline (2009), the classic of Gothic children's literature by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods) .
However, despite the fact that 'he delegated the production to a third party, Tim Burton remained very involved in the project, and made many trips back and forth between the sets of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman, the challenge . He co-wrote the screenplay, and as he will entrust it to Mark Salisbury ( in the exciting book Tim Burton: Interviews with Mark Salisbury ): " Henry sent me the few shots boxed in the week, and I arranged them in my editing room. "Subsequently, and on two occasions, Tim Burton will manage to make both a live action film and a stop-motion animated film: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Les Noces Funèbres (2005), Dark Shadows (2012) and Frankenweenie (2012) .
The origin of the film: a poem!
Before becoming one of the most popular feature films of the 90s, L 'Etrange Mister Jack 's Christmas was a poem, written by Tim Burton while he was working for Disney . Moreover, if you are curious, you can find on Collector 's Edition DVD bonuses a reading of the original poem by the great Christopher Lee, regular contributor to Tim Burton. The director of Beetlejuice confided that he wanted to pay homage, with this poem, to the children's books of Dr. Seuss (The Grinch, The Hat in the Hat), as he had done.it with Vincent, his first animated short film, made in stop-motion and in black and white, paying homage to the actor Vincent Price (narrator of the film), the writer Edgar Allan Poe (Le Chat Noir, Le Corbeau) and Dr. Seuss.
Despite the transposition of the three-page poem into a 76-minute animated film, The Nightmare Before Christmas keeps the tangible imprint of the writings of the Dr. Seuss. This is especially seen in the songwriting, written by songwriter Danny Elfman, which in their original version perfectly mimics Dr. Seuss 's time signature and rhyme .
The Burton Family
As everyone knows, Tim Burton likes to find, with each film, former collaborators . The American director has his favorite actors, from Johnny Depp (Sleepy Hollow, The Funeral Wedding to Helena Bonham Carter (Planet of the Apes, Big Fish), via Danny DeVito (Batman, the challenge, Big Fish), Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward aux Mains d 'Argent), Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman), Alan Rickman (Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland), Christopher Lee (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) or Eva Green ( Dark Shadows, Miss Peregrine and the Private Children). Yet in The Nightmare Before Christmas, the regular actors of Burton's 90s cinema seem rather absent, apart from Catherine O 'Hara (Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie) and Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Big Adventure).
However, let's make no mistake, the "Burton Family " is indeed present in The Nightmare Before Christmas. First of all, composer Danny Elfman , who has collaborated on all of Tim Burton's films (except Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd: The Evil Barber of Fleet Street and Miss Peregrine and the Peculiar Children) wrote numerous songs for the film, composed the soundtrack, and even had the luxury of dubbing the character of Jack on the sung parts , as well as Gram and the Losing Clown. To turn his poem into a film, Tim Burton first enlisted the help of Michael McDowell, the Beetlejuice screenwriter. But despite being friends, the two failed to write a . which fully satisfies the ambitions of Burton, who then turns to Caroline Thompson, to whom he had entrusted the writing of another masterpiece, Edward of the Silver Hands . It is therefore this trio, Burton, Elfman and Thompson, who will write The Nightmare Before Christmas.
in the Disney boxes
Tim Burton, as everyone knows, started his career at the Disney studio. But failing to fit the mold , he always stayed on the sidelines, and the studio didn't know what to do with his creations. Havensi, Vincent and Frankenweenie, his first two shorts, were ignored by the studio, who did not know how to distribute them. When Burton wanted to adapt this poem written during his Disney years, he went to the group 's archives, and learned that The Nightmare Before Christmas (the English title) still belonged to the studio with big ears .
Quite naturally, Disney became aware of the treasure they had on hand . It must be said that as a somewhat marginal artist with whom he did not really know what to do, Tim Burton is in the meantime has become one of Hollywood's most beloved directors , equally at home in making very personal films (Beetlejuice and Edward in the Silver Hands) as well as in making qualitative blockbusters , like Batman. Starting the production of The Nightmare Before Christmastherefore to bring back to the fold a director past the competition (the Warner studio), while taking advantage of his growing celebrity to glorify his own image. Disney therefore allocates the film a budget of $ 18,000,000 (i.e. a little less than a quarter than a classic Disney animation). The film is a big success, since it will bring to the studio, during its first run in the cinema, 51 million dollars. In truth, it will bring in much more, since it will appear several times in the cinema, even in 3D, and will be the subject of many derivative products.
Hitek Boxes for Halloween
As a reminder, for Halloween, we have concocted a Special Box "Mr Jack " . For 39.99 euros, you will find no less than 80 euros of derivative products . Please note, stocks are limited! Also find our Box Hors-Série " Horreur ", for 35.99 euros, with a market value of 75 euros !