Director: Henry Selick
Original Release: 1993
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This has long been one of our family favorites. We own a DVD copy and there was a stretch a few years back when Purple Penguin was watching it daily. As it was frequently on in the background, I know the sounds of the film better than I do the sights. So there are a few details I had missed before this most recent viewing - particularly the door with the fire cracker! There is a circle of trees in the woods, each with a door leading to a Holiday Town: a pumpkin for Halloween, a tree for Christmas, a heart for Valentine's Day, a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day, an egg for Easter and a turkey for Thanksgiving. (Rather USA-centric, isn't it?) I'd thought that was it. Au contraire! There's a door with a fire cracker for Independence Day. Well, what do you know?
One has to appreciate the marketing genius of a movie suitable for both Halloween and Christmas, the two biggest consumer holidays on the calendar. My favorite scene is at the very end of the trailer:
I can't help being curious about the other Holiday Towns but Tim Burton, the genius behind the whole concept, has always been very protective of this story and resistant to the idea of sequels. If it ever does happen, I certainly hope Elfman will be brought along for the ride. Danny Elfman, former front man for Oingo Boingo, has carved out quite a niche for himself in the worlds of film and television. He has scored nearly all of Burton's films and has worked on many others as well. He has been nominated for four Oscars. For all of his success on the big screen, his strongest legacy may be The Simpsons theme song.
My Rating System:
5 = The best of the best. These are the films by which I judge other films.
4 = High quality films which I feel could hold up well in repeated viewings.
3 = The vast majority of films. They're fine. Once was enough.
2 = I wasn't even sure I wanted to finish it. It's not a 1 because I'm not prepared to say it's a terrible film - just not my cup of tea.
1 = A terrible film. An insult to the art form.