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My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

So over the last few weeks, the other members of All Geek to Me have picked their favourite festive movies and now it is my turn with my all time favourite christmas movie.

In the song, “This is Halloween,” the lyrics “… tender lumplings everywhere…” refers to “Tender Lumplings,” a song done by composer Danny Elfman when he was with Oingo Boingo.

Patrick Stewart did the original introduction for the movie, which can be heard on the film’s soundtrack.

Tim Burton has said the original poem was inspired after seeing Halloween merchandise display in a store being taken down and replaced by a Christmas display. The juxtaposition of ghouls and goblins with Santa and his reindeer sparked his imagination.

Tim Burton had hoped to direct, but placed Henry Selick in the director’s chair instead as Burton was busy working on Batman Returns and had Ed Wood in pre-production. Selick estimates that Burton was present 8 to 10 days total during production.

In the original poem written by Tim Burton, the only characters that existed were Jack, Zero and Santa. All the other characters were made up for the movies, although he describes some of the presents which were given out, including in some cases the names of the children.

Danny Elfman did the singing voice for Jack because Chris Sarandon said he did not have a good singing voice.

It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete this movie. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made.

In the scenes with the street band, especially inside the town hall, there is a small man inside the bass that is based on Danny Elfman.

There are only two shots in the entire film that were filmed at normal speed (24fps), one is the opening overhead shot of the trees in the forest and the other is the bugs falling into the molten pit in Oogie Boogie’s lair.

It is stated in “The Making of…” book that the most difficult shot to film in the entire movie is the shot in which Jack is reaching for the doorknob to Christmasland. Viewers can see the perfect surround reflection of the forest around Jack in the background.

There we have it folks the trivia for my favouite Christmas movie, what will next week bring.

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