Thursday, December 24, 2009

T'was the night before Christmas

Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)", a stop motion fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton, tells the story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king from "Halloween Town" who opens a portal to "Christmas Town".

Jack decides to kidnap Santa and give people his version of "Christmas" but things don't go well and Jack realizes his mistake and goes about to set things right in the end.

Walt Disney Pictures decided to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner because they thought Nightmare would be "too dark and scary for kids". "The Nightmare Before Christmas" has been viewed with critical and financial success. With successful home video sales, Nightmare achieved the ranks of a cult film.

And here's Jun Planning 16-inch Jack Skellington as "Sandy Claws", released during the Christmas period in 1998 with a limited edition of 1224 pieces, the numbers stand for 12.24 (December 24, night before christmas)

This film was a classic for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, with its great cast of characters, the wonderful sets and songs that went with it. The filmmakers constructed 227 puppets to represent the characters in the movie, with Jack Skellington having "around four hundred heads", allowing the expression of every possible emotion.

The sack of presents with the limited edition print of 1224 pieces

Vampire teddy, one of the presents Jack thought the children would like

"Up, up and away!"

Here are some citizens of Halloween Town plus Santa with his list of who's been naughty and nice. The characters include (back row) Oogie Boogie, Santa, Sally, Jack Skellington, The Mayor, Behemoth, (front row) Shock, Lock and Barrel, Jack's pet Zero, Dr Finkelstein and vampire teddy. These were part of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" PVC Chess set.

And as in the "Twas the Night before Christmas" Poem (also called “A Visit from St Nicholas") written in 1822 by Clement Clarke Moore, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


LEon said...

The santa dressing look quite good on him. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I just saw these characters recently in Disneyland at California in one of thier haunted mansion theme park!
That's one freaky cool santa! :)

alex teo said...

Merry Christmas, LEon :)

hey AL, I liked the NBC movie by Tim Burton - great Dark Comedy, especially for the holiday season