In “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Tim Burton shines light on the town of HalloweenTown and the many creatures and ghouls that live in it such as the vampires, Oogie Boogie, the Mayor, Doctor Finklestein, Sally, and the infamous Jack Skellington. Throughout this movie you tap into what Tim Burton envisioned for this film but what more of what Jack envisioned for this glorious holiday of what you would think halloween but no it is Christmas. But wait it’s not even his holiday so he essentially takes over the holiday that was never his to begin with. Throughout this movie we see what Jack goes through mentally,and the unraveling love between Jack and Sally.

In the beginning of the movie, we see the Pumpkin King rise out of the pot and we see how happy he is to celebrate his own holiday but soon after the celebration is done we see how he is struck by grief by how he really doesn’t want to put anymore effort towards his own holiday. Through ethos it shows his emotion towards the despair he has. You can see how bored he has gotten over the years with his own holiday. Truly he is going through a midlife crisis, and a depression as well. His depression is seen and heard in the song he sings called, “Jack’s Lament,” he states how his “emptiness has began growing”. Furthermore, saying how he is ready to put down his pumpkin crown, and how no one would ever understand how he feels because of the fact that he has the best job in the entire town. Who would ever understand him?  He has become tired of scaring children shitless and putting on the same show every year for the same people. He feels uninspired and unmotivated to go another year with halloween thus sending him on the walk to eventually find Christmas town. Once falling down the hole and landing in the snow his whole mood is changed and finds the motivation to take over another holiday that isn’t his. He becomes so inspired that he gets the whole town into it, that this the new direction the entire town needs to go in.

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Once, taking over the holiday that isn’t even his he goes into a heap of work to become just like “Sandy Claus” but in the end it just ended up being a complete mess due to the gifts that he thought was ok to give children was the complete opposite of that. Jack becoming Sandy Claus caused an outrage and the reaction he got back wasn’t the one wanted in the end but what can you expect. He messed with the wrong holiday. The result of him taking over someone’s holiday was him being eventually shot out of the sky by the U.S. military and coming to terms really fast that this wasn’t the right idea in the first place. He then sings a song and in the song he sings how he never intended to cause such of a mess. Jack then realizes how he hasn’t felt like his old bony self and comes back to his original self of how he can’t change who he really is, the pumpkin king. Jack Skellington realizes how he cannot change who he really is and by taking over another holiday that isn’t him either. Jack didn’t seem to use much logos when it came to thinking how this whole holiday takeover would turn out in the end.

Another underline story/big part of this movie is the developing love of Sally and Jack for each other. In the beginning we learn about Sally who is a rag doll made by Doctor Finklestein who rebels against her creator and is always trying to run away because she truly wants to be free and experience life for herself and not be stuck and serving Doctor Finklestein for the rest of her life. The first time we see Sally she is in all admiration of Jack and his amazing work that he does for the town every year for Halloween but as the movie continues we see how Sally develops her love and care for Jack. On the other hand, it takes Jack quite a while to see the love Sally has for him. Through pathos we really see how Sally’s character grows from always following the rules of Doctor Finklestein to totally leaving Finklestein to go out on her own to not only discover her own abilities but to find true love in the process. She discovers how strong she becomes to be as woman or rag doll as one would say and the voice of reason for Jack when he became lost in the rapture of Christmas. In the song Sally sings one of the lines she sings is, “And does he notice my feelings for him? And will he see how much he means to me? I think it’s not to be.” Through these lyrics and visuals in the movie we how sad Sally is due to Jack not really catching on to the little things that Sally has done for him that represent her feelings, for example: Sally giving him a basket of food and wine. At the end of her song she sings, “And will we ever end up together? No, I think not. It’s never to become. For I am not the one.” Sally loses all doubt in the the possible connection that her and Jack could of had.

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 We see Jack’s love grow for Sally when he finally realizes how much Sally has done for him and sacrificed for him to not only get his dream of Christmas to become a reality but when she risked her life to save Sandy Claus. He quickly then realizes how important Sally is to him and how none of this could of been fixed without Sally by his side. At the end of the movie we see Jack and Sally come together and sing together that their simply meant be as anyone can see.

 

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Works Cited

Garis, Mary Grace. “5 Lessons Sally Teaches Us About Inner-Strength.” Bustle, Bustle, 25 Apr. 2018,www.bustle.com/articles/51600-5-lessons-sally-from-the-nightmare-before-christmas-taught-me-about-being-a-strong-woman.

Garben, Seth. “The Real Message in The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Guff, 2014, guff.com/the-real-message-in-the-nightmare-before-christmas.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas / Analysis.” TV Tropes, tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Analysis/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas.

Annotated Bibliography

Garis, Mary Grace. “5 Lessons Sally Teaches Us About Inner-Strength.” Bustle, Bustle, 25 Apr. 2018,www.bustle.com/articles/51600-5-lessons-sally-from-the-nightmare-before-christmas-taught-me-about-being-a-strong-woman.

In this article Mary Garis, goes into detail about how strong Sally was  a character in the movie. She goes into detail the different ways how Sally became so strong over time in the movie to become the person she needed to be for not only Jack Skellington but more for herself to grow as well. Throughout trying to find her newfound freedom she finds herself in the making and love.

 

Garben, Seth. “The Real Message in The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Guff, 2014, guff.com/the-real-message-in-the-nightmare-before-christmas.

In this article, Seth Garben goes into detail about the possible “real message” behind The Nightmare Before Christmas. He describes the message what exactly was going with Jack. It really made me rethink the actual movie because it was some things that I didn’t even notice about Jack himself or just certain mannerisms that Jack had that described how he really was feeling in the movie. This article took me more into detail on Jack.

 

“The Nightmare Before Christmas / Analysis.” TV Tropes, tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Analysis/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas.

In this article, they describe the movie itself like the setting and how dark it was and how that affects the characters. They also bring up German Expressionism and how it is used in the movie as well. This source really just focuses on the setting around the characters .