The Nightmare Before Christmas

Unspooled #301.1 November 10, 2021

Paul & Amy kidnap 1993’s Gothic stop-motion musical The Nightmare Before Christmas! They praise the carnival-esque compositions of Danny Elfman, compare Oogie Boogie’s big musical number to the Max Fleischer cartoon it was inspired by, and dig into the thorny question of who this film’s true auteur is, Tim Burton or Henry Selick. Plus: Why did the studio want Jack Skellington to have eyes?


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