The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before ChristmasI did it! Somehow, barely, I got the Nightmare Before Christmas episode out before Christmas.   It’s a holiday miracle!

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop motion animated feature directed by Henry Selick with music by Danny Elfman.   Tim Burton wrote the original three page narrative poem the story is based on, and also created the character designs for the main characters.

The story is pretty simple and straight-forward.   Jack is the Pumpkin King and the leader of Halloween town.   Halloween town is a mystical realm that’s dedicated to running Halloween across the mortal world.   One day after Halloween, Jack starts to get emo and decides he needs a change.   He accidently wanders into Christmas town and decides that he’d like to try  Christmas out instead.   Problem is, he and the rest of the people of Halloween town can’t quite mentally grasp a holiday that’s about good will and cheer…   Also he has to kidnap Santa Claus.   For his own good.

Melanie’s side of the audio sounds pretty horrible.   Her new laptop defaulted back to the built in microphone instead   of the good standalone one we usually use.    We had no idea the  quality had been borked until I started to edit it and then it was either put out borked  sound or miss the Christmas deadline.   Hopefully it’s still entertaining.

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Escaflowne

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We hadn’t done an anime in a long time, and it was apparently for good reason.   It took us forever to watch this!

Escaflowne is an odd mish-match of shojo and shonen elements with genres like fantasy, mechas, and romance all thrown into one big bowl and mixed around to varying degrees of success.   The story follows a typical Japanese high school girl named Hitomi Kanzaki.   Hitomi is fond giving tarot card readings and running track.   One day a mysterious boy with a sword shows up, and she’s suddenly transported to the fantasy world of Gaia.   There her tarot card readings becoming very accurate and she’s thrust into an epic war.

We remembered this show being better, for some reason. It’s not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainty didn’t hold up to scrutiny ten years after our original viewing.

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