Well, we weren’t going to get through the month of October without mentioning Tim Burton. That’d just be silly.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a great movie y’all, but I don’t need to tell you that. I’m sure you’ve seen it dozens of times. This may very well be Tim Burton’s masterpiece. The claymation is just astonishing, the music is lovely, Danny Elfman‘s finest really, and the story so touching. I mean, it is essentially about a skeleton having an existential crisis, how crazy is that?
Who hasn’t had an existential crisis?! I have one every other day.
Y’all know I love Joss Whedon, my Dragon*Con Countdown from 2010 even featured three posts on why Joss Whedon should direct musicals (here is Part I, Part II, and Part III, they offer a persuasive argument I promise). You didn’t really think we’d get through Halloween Month without a Joss Whedon-centric post, did you?
Joss Whedon, of course, does Halloween quite well. Three Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes are Halloween-centric, “Halloween” from Season 2, “Fear Itself” from Season 4, and “All the Way” from Season 6. In the Whedonverse, Halloween is the night that most vampires and demons take off and go underground, as they deem Halloween “cliche,” but of course nothing really ever goes as planned in Sunnydale.
We’ll talk about “All the Way” first because it is the weakest of the bunch. Season 6 is the season that polarizes the most Buffy fans, because it is full of angst and there isn’t really a unifying Big Bad. I know that most people would rather see Buffy slay vampires than bills and plumbing problems, but I actually found Season 6 really brutal and quite real. Also, it has “Once More, With Feeling,” how can you hate on that?! So, you know, I’m in the minority. However, I am in general agreement with those who think that one of the major problems of Season 6 was Dawn. This is a pretty Dawn-centric episode, so it isn’t the best. However, there are some great points–mostly those which take place in the Magic Box, with Anya dressed as an “Angel named Charlie” and Xander as a pirate (guess he knew he’d be needing that patch at some point, huh?) But overall this is mostly an episode about teenage boys, and how they are all vampires who want to eat you. You know, I bet Stephanie Meyers saw this episode of Buffy and it inspired the Twilight series. Curse ye, Steven S. DeKnight, curse ye!
Before we get to the official Thrilling Thursdays media special, if you haven’t looked at Vulture’s robot-battles bracket yet, you totally must. This is for all you robot enthusiasts and robot costumers out there. You know who you are.
Today’s Halloween classic is a cartoon I watched and loved as a kid, Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile.
I blame this cartoon for my assigning feelings to inanimate objects. I’m not just talking in a normal developmental fashion, something that you outgrow once you hit adolescence. I’m talking in a, I still have some stuffed animals and they definitely have feelings and I can’t get rid of them because it will hurt their feelings maybe I’m a little crazy fashion. And yes, this extends to pumpkins–it is so hard to throw these guys out after Halloween but, you know, that whole rotting thing. It happens.