Boys and girls of every age have been debating for the past 26 years over whether Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or Christmas movie. We can all agree it has the spooky element of Halloween and a jolly happily ever after of a Christmas movie, but there’s no way it could be both, right?
Well, today, after a long trek through the woods and checking a lot of oddly shaped doors, we got the answers we have all been searching for. Danny Elfman, the musical’s composer and the singing voice of our beloved pumpkin king Jack Skellington, settled this ongoing debate during an interview with USA Today.
“It’s obviously about Christmas, but for me, it’s a Halloween movie,” Elfman reveals “Growing up, Halloween was my favorite night of the year and Christmas was a troublesome time. Into my adult years, it was a time where a bit of a dark cloud would follow me around — probably carrying over from my childhood until I had my own kids — and then I developed a new, brighter view of Christmas.”
“I also felt very close to Jack Skellington’s plight because I knew what it was like to be the king of my own little world and to want out of that world and want something else. So I felt very close to the holiday of Halloween, but also very close to Jack and what he was going through.”
So, we’re sorry to break it to all of you living in Christmas Town, Nightmare Before Christmas has OFFICIALLY been crowned a Halloween movie. We love that we finally have the answer to settle this debate. But truthfully, we are still going to watch this movie no matter what the season is.
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