21 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Treated like the proverbial redheaded stepchild of the Disney animation empire upon its initial release, Tim Burton's stop-motion holiday musical mash-up has long since gone from cult favorite to bona fide seasonal classic. Not the least of its charms is Danny Elfman's seductively macabre song-score, a musical romp that's the perfect fusion of his oft-mordant tunesmithing for Oingo Boingo and the Gothic-lite sensibilities of his subsequent film scoring career. Like a Broadway vet, Elfman's songs and orchestral score ably map both the exteriors of Burton's trans-holiday fantasy and the often bittersweet interiors of its characters. He's literally invested himself in much of the work here -- that's Elfman singing Jack Skellington's parts as well -- conjuring the dark spirits of "This is Halloween," the bittersweet "Sally's Song" and Phil Harris-channeling spookfest "Oogie Boogie's Song" at one turn and the irrepressible, contrasting holiday spirits of "What's This" and "Making Christmas" the next.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Treated like the proverbial redheaded stepchild of the Disney animation empire upon its initial release, Tim Burton's stop-motion holiday musical mash-up has long since gone from cult favorite to bona fide seasonal classic. Not the least of its charms is Danny Elfman's seductively macabre song-score, a musical romp that's the perfect fusion of his oft-mordant tunesmithing for Oingo Boingo and the Gothic-lite sensibilities of his subsequent film scoring career. Like a Broadway vet, Elfman's songs and orchestral score ably map both the exteriors of Burton's trans-holiday fantasy and the often bittersweet interiors of its characters. He's literally invested himself in much of the work here -- that's Elfman singing Jack Skellington's parts as well -- conjuring the dark spirits of "This is Halloween," the bittersweet "Sally's Song" and Phil Harris-channeling spookfest "Oogie Boogie's Song" at one turn and the irrepressible, contrasting holiday spirits of "What's This" and "Making Christmas" the next.

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