Re: The Danny Elfman Appreciation Thread
Even though the songs as marvelous as all of ‘em are tend to steal the show from the score itself. The music is still very much sublime. The melodies from most of the songs are efficiently interjected during many moments of this whimsical score.
It’s intriguing to note that on the album during tracks ‘Opening” and “Closing” (which was unused in the film) Patrick Stewart was the voice of the narrator, but in the film another actor’s voice was used, which was un-credited in the movie . It sounded like the voice of Santa (Ed Ivory) in the movie. I don’t know the story behind it. Though I am curious to why this was scraped from the final film.
As you can already tell I’m a big fan of this score. I even own the 2-CD special edition album that was released around Halloween in ‘06’. It featured the original 1993 soundtrack album on disc 1. Disc 2 had bonus tracks featuring some songs being adapted and performed by such artists as Marilyn Manson, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Fiona Apple, etc. It was only five particular songs adapted. It also included some of the synth mockups of the songs performed by Elfman. In the fall of ’08’ Disney released another album (“Nightmare Revisited”) that adapted the score and songs from the TNBC original soundtrack. Which included such artists as The All-American Rejects, Korn, Yoshida Brothers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Amy Lee, etc. As well as Elfman himself providing the narration from “Opening” and “Closing”, which was a nice treat for me. I even own the version released from the 25th Anniversary Elfman/Burton Music Box released back in ‘11’, which contained the original 1993 soundtrack album with bonus and expanded tracks. As well as all synth demos of the songs, the orchestra only versions of the songs, foreign versions of five songs, as well as an unused song “It’s Time” (performed by Elfman with guitars by orchestrator/Boingo guitarist/friend Steve Bartek), a music box suite of TNBC, with some other demos, and alternate ideas.
This score as well as the film is a true masterpiece, imho. I enjoyed watching the film as a little kid. And it holds up quite well today also. I was surprised by Elfman’s talents back when this was released b/c then I wasn’t aware he could sing or was apart of a rock band. Even though I think the film is top notch in all depts. Elfman easily stole this movie, imho. What’s funny about that is I remembering reading somewhere that he wasn’t a fan of musicals. This score and film was a tour de force for him. What a way to follow Batman ‘89’, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns. Again this is a good example of Elfman being robbed of an Oscar nomination. He was robbed one for B89, Edward, and even BR ,imo, as well. Heck I even believe he should’ve won for TNBC. And since there wasn’t any nominations for animated movies at the time, the film itself should’ve won a special Oscar for it’s achievements of being a full length (and imaginative) stop motion animated musical. I guess it wasn’t appreciated much then as it has been overtime. I don’t like to rank Elfman scores, after all you know the saying “it’s like picking your favorite child“, but I got to say this score is top 5 (maybe even top 3) Elfman, imo. I highly recommend this movie/score to anyone who hasn’t seen/heard this film/soundtrack. Both make a nice Halloween and Christmas tradition.
Happy 20th anniversary to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas!!!!