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Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

A Film Reboot But With a Twist

Stop-motion animation films have to be some of the most fascinating movies to watch on screen. From captivating character designs to insane attention to detail, it is no wonder that viewers can’t help but sit back and watch the hard work of taking thousands of pictures come to life. And one film that perfectly captures these aspects and continues to be a guilty pleasure around this spooky season is none other than The Nightmare Before Christmas. This iconic tale revolves around Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, who is sick and tired of Halloween and wants to spice things up with a little dash of Christmas.

But there hasn’t been any new content from this bone-chilling world for a while now. And it’s just such a shame to have so many lovable characters limited to being in just one movie. So, with that said, here is why The Nightmare Before Christmas deserves to be adapted into its own television series.

5. There Are a Lot of Fun Characters

Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

The residents of Halloween Town are quite a lively bunch and have a lot of potential to have their own side stories developed. Take, for instance, the Mayor or the Clown with the Tear Away Face. Both are pretty goofy characters, and it would be interesting to see some kind of episode where they struggle with making Halloween decorations or maintaining their terrifying charm. And, of course, there are other iconic characters such as Dr. Finkelstein and his creation, Sally, who is the supposed love interest of Jack Skellington.

Throughout the movie, she manipulates Dr. Finkelstein, mixes potions, and enjoys sewing. But other than that, there is still not much revealed about who she is, what she does on average, or why she loves Jack. This also goes the same for the other characters. Overall, seeing their daily routines, mishaps, and whimsical adventures would be interesting. Not only would it be a good way to get to know the characters more, but it would also help with feeling more connected to the world of Halloween Town.

4. More Oogie Boogie

Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

Speaking of memorable characters, Oogie Boogie is another great one that is entertaining, if not for his chaotic nature and theatrical quips. But it feels strange that there isn’t much known about his character despite being one of the most popular characters of the bunch. First of all, where does he come from? Was he one of Dr. Finkelstein’s creations? And how did Lock, Shock, and Barrel come to his service? There is just so much that we don’t know about his character and would love to see more of.

Imagine an episode where he is the child version of himself and acts very innocent. Then, an event occurs that becomes his turning point. Maybe there would be a divide between the other residents deciding whether he is trustworthy or if he was an absolute monster. Or perhaps an episode where he tries to help Jack with setting up for Halloween but does something atrocious that ultimately ruins Halloween. Whatever the case, it would be fun to get to know his backstory and how he ended up being so unhinged and exiled from the rest of the town.

3. The Holiday Doors

Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

One aspect of this film that brings up a lot of curiosity is the tree doors. Each one is marked with a picture representing their respective holiday. Jack is seen falling through the Christmas door, and the audience actually gets to see what Christmas Town looks like in this universe. But other than that and Halloween Town, we still don’t know too much about what is happening behind those holiday doors. Among the other holiday doors are one with a turkey for Thanksgiving, one with an egg for Easter, one with a heart for Valentine’s Day, one with a four-leaf clover for St. Patrick’s Day, and one with a firecracker for Independence Day.

It would definitely be interesting to see what each holiday town looks like behind each door. Is the Valentine universe a town with pink and red heart-shaped trees and buildings? Are there leprechauns in St. Patrick’s Day Town? Who are the residents of these places, and what do they do for a living? Maybe there could be a couple of episodes where Jack, Sally, or other villagers fall into one of those doors. Or there could even be one that would explain why Lock, Shock, and Barrel went into the Easter World and mistakenly kidnapped the Easter Bunny instead of Sandy Claws. Either way, it would make for an entertaining episode and put something new and fresh in the Jack Skellington universe.

2. More Spooky Music

Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

The Nightmare Before Christmas certainly has a lot of charming elements that make it such a great film. But one that is definitely one of the most fun characteristics is the spine-tingling songs that play throughout the film. Sally’s song is a graceful but sorrowful tune about her wishing to be loved by Jack. Meanwhile, Oogie Boogie’s is rather jazzy and perfectly lives up to his demented nature and name. And who can forget the all-time classic “This is Halloween” that plays as the opening for the film? 

All of the songs are great in their own way, but it would be even better if there were some fresh new ones to listen along to for the holidays. Of course, hearing more chilling Halloween music would always be a pleasant surprise. But imagine if there were other types of songs for different holidays. There could be a playful, upbeat one about love for Valentine’s Day mixed in with a little bit of spookiness for Halloween. Or perhaps a bunch of happy-go-lucky Irish jigs for St. Patrick’s Day. However they decide to do it, there is a lot of potential for new music that has that extra Tim Burton spice we’ve been looking for.

1. New Animation Style?

Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Deserves a Television Show

Finally, another aspect that might incentivize a new series is a new animation art style. The stop-motion animation in The Nightmare Before Christmas is rather remarkable to behold. It’s always fun to see how something requiring so much precision and time can be life-like and fluid. But because of those restrictions, it may be challenging to produce a show in a timely manner for multiple seasons.

Although, that does not mean it must be done that way. Movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have revolutionized the animation industry by introducing comic-like art mixed in with 3-D models. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtle Mayhem are also great examples. They have taken their own spin on this animation style, using plenty of bright colors and cartoonish expressions. Of course, there are plenty of other animation styles out there, like 2-D cartoons or a more mature anime style. But, the overall idea is to make it feel modern while also retaining the classic Tim Burton magic. This could open opportunities for new fans who are used to the recent flashy animation films while still appealing to veteran fans who have grown fond of the stop-motion style.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Official Trailer

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Marc Agbayani's favorite genres to write are fantasy, science fiction, horror, action,n and mystery. His inspiration for writing stems from his love of various forms of pop culture, such as the film series Star Wars by George Lucas and the video game series The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, going to the gym, and hosting game nights with friends

Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.