History WesternAnimation / TheNightmareBeforeChristmas

24th Feb '17 3:00:14 PM 8BrickMario
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* BigBad: Oogie Boogie

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* BigBad: Oogie BoogieBoogie.



* MelancholyMoon

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* MelancholyMoonMelancholyMoon: The primary image in "Jack's Lament".



** RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

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** RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomethingRoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Jack, who does a good job of running the town, and doesn't hesitate to put things right once he realizes the chaos he's caused.



* MyHeroZero

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* MyHeroZeroMyHeroZero: Jack's ghostly dog, who serves as his Rudolph with his jack-o'-lantern nose.



* NoodlePeople

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* NoodlePeopleNoodlePeople: Per Burton's style, most of the characters are very skinny. This is averted by Sally, Santa, and Oogie, and taken UpToEleven with Jack.



* WatchingAVideoGame: Jack's fight against Oogy has elements of this, particularly the way he makes his way through a series of deathtraps while Oogy slowly backs away, activating them one at a time like a GetBackHereBoss. Then it's subverted when Jack basically says "screw this" and climbs ''over'' of the obstacles instead of trying to go through them.

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** Ooogie has some deadly slot machines dressed up like gun-toting cowboys. A slang term for a slot machine is "one-armed bandit".
* WatchingAVideoGame: Jack's fight against Oogy Oogie has elements of this, particularly the way he makes his way through a series of deathtraps while Oogy Oogie slowly backs away, activating them one at a time like a GetBackHereBoss. Then it's subverted when Jack basically says "screw this" and [[CuttingTheKnot climbs ''over'' of the obstacles instead of trying to go through them.]]
4th Feb '17 2:51:31 PM morenohijazo
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* TheAntiGrinch: Jack Skellington (and by extension, the rest of Halloween Town).

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* TheAntiGrinch: Jack Skellington (and by extension, the rest of Halloween Town).Town) loves Christmas ''so'' much that he tries taking over for the year, only to terrify the ignorant masses with his gifts mail-order from HalloweenTown. It gets so bad the human authorities try ([[spoiler:and succeed]]) to shoot him out of the sky, literally knocking Jack to his senses.
25th Jan '17 4:33:05 PM DrNoPuma
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* ShoutOut: Oogie and Santa echo a line from the WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoon "WesternAnimation/TheOldManOfTheMountain", which stars Music/CabCalloway, the inspiration for Oogie Boogie. Oogie's gyrating dance bears a strong resemblance to that of the Walrus rotoscoped over Calloway in the Betty cartoon "Minne the Moocher."

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Oogie and Santa echo a line from the WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoon "WesternAnimation/TheOldManOfTheMountain", which stars Music/CabCalloway, the inspiration for Oogie Boogie. Oogie's gyrating dance bears a strong resemblance to that of the Walrus rotoscoped [[{{Rotoscoping}} rotoscoped]] over Calloway in the Betty cartoon "Minne the Moocher."''WesternAnimation/MinnieTheMoocher''.
24th Dec '16 2:55:40 AM PsychoGecko
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** Another example is when Jack has a kidnapped Santa in front of him. Jack thinks he's made HalloweenTown merry and is recreating Christmas in his own way, so Santa should take a vacation to relax. Santa has been kidnapped and suddenly brought out of a sack to see a skeleton and town full of monsters saying they're taking over his holiday and that he's going on vacation in a less innocent way. Seeing Jack prepare makes us sympathetic to his view, but the results make Santa's interpretation more accurate.
23rd Dec '16 4:01:03 PM PsychoGecko
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** The black cat Sally sings to could very well be the same from ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' given how closely they resemble each other and the cat's ability to walk in and out of other worlds.
23rd Dec '16 2:43:24 PM NWolfman
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* LimitedAnimation: It's subtle, but the animation was all filmed on threes to emulate the "jerky" stop-start quality of the stop-motion Creator/RankinBassProductions which inspired Tim Burton.



* MonsterMash: The citizens of Halloweentown include living skeletons, ghosts, zombies, witches, vampires, a werewolf, a devil, a MonsterClown and a MadScientist with his stitched-together creation, along with many original monsters.

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* MonsterMash: The citizens of Halloweentown include living skeletons, ghosts, zombies, witches, vampires, a werewolf, a devil, a MonsterClown and a MadScientist with his stitched-together creation, along with many original monsters. [[note]]Humorously enough, the song [[TropeNamer for which this trope is named]] has a SequelSong called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSM5B5Z6Q0o "Monsters Holiday,"]] the story for which is virtually identical to this one.[[/note]]
19th Dec '16 10:43:39 PM NWolfman
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* UncommonTime: The song "Jack's Obsession" is partly in 7/4 ('Christmas time is buzzing in my skull...').

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* UncommonTime: UncommonTime:
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The song verses of "What's This?" are in 6/4.
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"Jack's Obsession" is partly in 7/4 ('Christmas time is buzzing in my skull...').
19th Dec '16 10:39:08 PM NWolfman
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* GermanExpressionism: The primary art-style in Halloween Town's design.

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* GermanExpressionism: The primary art-style in Halloween Town's design. Several of the sets were even covered with clay and etched to create a 3D crosshatching effect.
19th Dec '16 4:03:53 PM DocStone
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** And "Jack's Lament."
* TwistedChristmas: Though nobody meant any harm, for awhile there, Christmas Eve looked pretty frightening thanks to the goodies Jack leaves as Santa.
17th Dec '16 12:39:46 PM gjjones
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* WatchOutForThatTree: At the end of "What's This?", Jack unknowingly hits a pole and falls into the snow. He looks up to find the Christmas Town sign on top of it.
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