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Nightmarebefore christmas

  1. 1. 1r IES Ramon Llull. Departament d’Educació Plàstica i Visual ESO Curs 2011/12 3 Nightmare before Christmas (1993) Stop motion musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton.PlotHalloween Town is a dream world filled with dark creatures such as deformed monsters,ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves and witches. The Pumpkin King, named JackSkellington, leads them in a frightful celebration every Halloween, but he has grown tiredof the same routine year after year. Wandering in the forest outside the town center with hisghost dog, Zero, he finds a cluster of trees each with a door which represents a certain annualholiday. Jack is drawn to the tree with the Christmas tree-shaped door and opens it whichleads to a portal to "Christmas Town". Impressed by the feeling and style of Christmas, Jackpresents his findings of the holiday to the Halloween Town residents. They fail to grasp hismeaning and compare everything he says to their idea of Halloween. Jack undertakes severalexperiments to try to understand Christmas logically, but he becomes frustrated when he failsto understand. However, he realizes that just because he cant understand Christmas does notmean he still cant enjoy it; so he announces to Halloween town that this year they will take overChristmas.Jacks obsession with Christmas leads him to usurp the role of Santa Claus, known to himas "Sandy Claws". Every resident is assigned a task, while Sally, a rag doll woman who wascreated by the towns mad scientist, has romantic feelings towards Jack. However, when sheis alone, she has a premonition of Jacks Christmas ending in disaster. When she tells Jack thatit would be a bad idea for him to take over Christmas, he misinterprets her anxiety to mean thatshe is worried when given the responsibility to make Jacks Santa costume. Meanwhile, Jackassigns Lock, Shock and Barrel, a trio of mischievous children, to bring Santa to Halloween
  2. 2. Town. When he arrives, Jack tells him of his plan that he will take over Christmas this year,much to Santas protests. After this and against Jacks wishes, and largely for their amusement,the trio deliver Santa to Oogie Boogie, a gambling-addict bogeyman who plots to play agame with Santas life at stake.Christmas Eve arrives and Sally attempts to stop Jack with fog, but he embarks into the skyon a coffin-like sleigh pulled by skeletal reindeer and guided by the glowing nose of his ghostdog, Zero. He begins to deliver presents to children around the world, but the gifts (shrunkenheads, Christmas tree-eating snakes, etc.) only terrify the recipients. Jack is believed to bean impostor attempting to impersonate Santa. The army is alerted, and, using searchlightsto spot him, they try to shoot him down. The sleigh is shot down and Jack is presumed deadby Halloween Towns citizens, but in fact he has survived the crash, landing in a cemetery.Although he is depressed by the failure of his plan and the damage it caused, he quickly regainshis old spirit by realising that he still tried his best at Christmas and enjoyed it. Having comeup with new ideas for next Halloween and wanting to "set things right", he rushes back toHalloween Town.Meanwhile, Sally attempts to free Santa, but fails and is also captured by Oogie. Jack slips intothe Oogies lair and frees both Santa and Sally. Jack then confronts Oogie and avoids his traps.While Oogie tries to escape, Jack uses a single loose thread hanging from Oogies sewn ragstructure to rip him open, exposing the bugs Oogie is made of. He falls apart, and with Oogiedefeated, Santa reprimands Jack before setting off to deliver his presents to the children ofthe world. Jack asks Sally how she got into Oogies lair in the first place and he realises thatshe was trying to help Jack because she has feelings for him. When Jack and Sally return toHalloween town, the citizens rejoice that Jack is alive and soon Santa is seen in the sky, makingsnow fall over Halloween Town to show that there are no hard feelings between himself andJack. The townspeople are confused by the snow at first, but soon begin to play happily in it.Jack follows Sally out into the graveyard after seeing the Doctor with his new creation. Jackand Sally begin to sing of their very strong romantic feelings for each other and then share apassionate kiss on top of the spiral hill in the graveyard. Zero watches them from afar beforeflying into the night sky forming a bright star shape and ending the film.Movie CardFill in the blank the main characteristics of the movie, remember to explain with a few sentenceseach item. You may use another sheet of paper. Cast (Main characters of the Mention at least four characters from the movie and describe each movie) of them with three sentences. Special effects Have you liked them? Do you think it is a traditional animation or is it made with only digital effects? Costumes Write a short description of one the costumes you have liked most or just write a comment (5 sentences) about the costumes of the people from Halloween’s town. Sound track What song have you liked the most? Why? Genre What kind of movie it is? A drama? a musical? Why do you think that?Art ActivityNow you have to create a new character. It will be a little boy or a little girl, Jack ‘s Skellingtonand Sally’s son or daughter. You have to draw a 3 or 4 year old kid, with all sort of details. He/She must have some characteristics from his/her father and some from his/her mother.
  3. 3. The activity must be finished by November the 2nd, in a DIN-A4 sheet of paper with colour (youmay paint it with colour pencils or felt tip pen).