Animated films have been around for nearly as long as feature films have been in existence. With almost an entire century under their belt, the subgenre has a long and rich history packed to the brim with classic films that resonate with children and adults alike. One of the most celebrated and legendary architects of animated film is Tim Burton, notorious for his unique style that allows his work to be easily distinguishable from any other animated films. His most popular project would arguably be the 1993 film Nightmare Before Christmas, a peculiar Halloween/Christmas mash-up film that follows the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington as he attempts to save Christmas. Nightmare Before Christmas has achieved cult-classic status at this point as it remains a part of modern popular culture nearly three decades since its release, and now the film is set to be reimagined as a live concert in a new project coming later this year.
Released during the Halloween season of 1993, Nightmare Before Christmas was a whimsical film about fictional character Jack Skellington, Halloween’s most celebrated ghoul, who develops a fascination with the jolly nature of the Christmas holiday. So much so he brings it back to his own world and shares the joy with his otherwise derelict community, but Jack’s curiosity comes with a price. Jack’s good-spirit ultimately backs him into a corner and forces him to fight to save what he loves most, setting the stage for a comeback that is still celebrated by fans of the classic film to this day. Nightmare Before Christmas has become so popular now that later this year the film is set to be reimagined as a live concert, with composer and voice of Jack Skellington Danny Elfman set to reprise his role as the Pumpkin King once again. There will be a full orchestra led by conductor John Mauceri and the show is set to take place at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on October 29th.
Few animated films have achieved the iconic status that Nightmare Before Christmas holds. Jack Skellington is an icon of popular culture and the love story between the skeleton man and his rag-doll lover Sally is the quintessential example of relationship goals. As a result Nightmare Before Christmas has amassed a massive fanbase since its release in 1993, and that fanbase is sure to be enthralled with this upcoming project. Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster for eager and excited fans who are already planning to be in attendance on October 29th.