Tim Burton (1993)

Happy Halloween!

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Director: Henry Selick
Story by: Tim Burton
Music: Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman wrote the film score and provided the singing voice of Jack, as well as other minor characters.

The Nightmare Before Christmas originated in a poem written by Tim Burton in 1982 while he was working as an animator at Walt Disney Productions. With the success of Vincent in the same year, Burton began to consider developing The Nightmare Before Christmas as either a short film or 30-minute television special to no avail. Over the years, Burton’s thoughts regularly returned to the project and in 1990, he made a development deal with Walt Disney Studios. Production started in July 1991 in San Francisco.

Tim Burton featuring Rise Against (2008)

Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King prepares the citizens of Halloween Town for Christmas
in this fun diddy from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Written by Danny Elfman (1993)

This time, this time
Making Christmas
Making Christmas
Making Christmas, making Christmas is so fine

It’s our this time and won’t the children
Be surprised? It’s ours this time
Making Christmas
Making Christmas

Time to give them something fun
They’ll talk about fir yeas to come
Let’s have a cheer from everyone
It’s time to party

Making Christmas, making Christmas
Snakes and spiders get wrapped up
So nice with spider legs and pretty bows
It’s ours this time

All together, that and this
With all our tricks we’re
Making Christmas
Here comes Jack

I don’t believe what’s happening to me
My hopes, my dreams, my fantasies
Hee hee hee

Won’t they be impressed? I am a genius
See how I transformed this old rat
Into a most delightful hat?

Hmm, my compliments from me to you
On your most intriguing hat
Consider though this substitute
A bat in the place of this old rat

Huh, no, no, no, now that’s all wrong
This thing will never make a present
It’s been dead for much too long
Try something fresher, something pleasant
Try again, don’t give up

All together, this and that
With all our tricks
We’re making Christmastime

This time this time
Making Christmas, making Christmas
La la la
It’s almost here

And we can’t wait
‘Cause when the full moon starts to climb
We’ll all sing out, it’s Christmas time
Hee hee hee