Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Movie PosterSo here’s a podcast about Tim Burton’s 1999 version of Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp and Christinia Ricci… only a month after Halloween is over! That’s nearly on time! Right? Right? Well, it was recorded on Oct 30th at least.

Tim Burton’s version of Sleepy Hollow is vastly different from the original short story but for the better. It has a great cast, special effects that hold up pretty well, and some top notch spooky atmosphere. Is it great? Not really, there are several plot holes, shortcuts taken with characterization, and Johnny Depp and Christinia Ricci don’t have fantastic chemistry together. It’s still a solid film though, that’s enjoyable to watch every few years on Halloween.

This fills a request from Monica G. I hope you enjoyed the episode.

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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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Corpse Bride

Corpse BrideThis episode was way easy to edit.   I think Melanie and I leveled up our talking skills.

The Corpse Bride is a 2005 film directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson.   The film is set in Victorian era England where the son of a rich fish monger, Victor, is to be engaged to the daughter of an ‘old money’ couple named Victoria.   The match is a business arrangement.   Love isn’t even a factor.   However, when the two young people  meet they hit it off right away.   Unfortunately, Victor is so nervous he screws up the wedding reception and after a stroke of bad luck, accidentally marries a dead  woman named Emily.

This is a great stop motion film that’s surprisingly touching and romantic despite its horror appearance.   The Corpse Bride seems like she’d be a horror from the underworld who rises from the dead to exact revenge upon the living, but she’s actually a sweet tragic heroine who you really feel for even if she’s scary looking.

We tried to do a little more research for this review than normal, and hopefully it shows.

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Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice Movie PosterToday’s episode was requested by Monica G who wanted ‘something by Tim Burton’.   So not only are we giving you today’s episode Beetlejuice, we’re giving you The Corpse Bride as the next episode! A whole month of Tim Burton!

Beetlejuice is a 1988 comedy/horror film by the infamous Tim Burton.   It tells the story of a young married couple who die and  are stuck haunting their former home.   Yuppies buy their house, the ghost couple want them out, and wackyness ensues! There’s also a creepy and disgusting  pedophile Micheal Keaton who wants to marry a super emo teenaged Winoa Ryder.

This is one of our shorter episodes, but eh, sometimes you don’t know if a movie will make a great podcast until you try.

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