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Palace Daily News: September 9, 2020

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What’s this? What’s this? The Haunted Palace Daily News? That’s right! Welcome back friends! It is I, sofieremix, the Pumpkin Queen, here with some more facts! Today, we are focusing on some fun facts about Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. While it may come as a surprise, Tim Burton did not direct the Nightmare Before Christmas. Thanks to another title for the film, Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas, a lot of people assume that the movie was produced entirely by him. However, Burton was working on Batman Returns at the time, so he handed the task over to Animation colleague Henry Selick instead. While Tim is better known for creating the story, Selick directed the stop-motion movie. Though Selick made his debut with The Nightmare Before Christmas, his career didn’t stop there. In 1996, we saw a follow-up stop-motion movie in the form of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. This movie also saw the resurrection of Jack Skellington in a single spooky scene. The character also appears again in 2009’s Coraline. Also, ever wonder why there is no Disney logo on the movie? It’s because Disney wanted Jack to have eyes but the film makers refused. Given the somewhat dark and creepy nature of Burton’s Halloween tale, Walt Disney Studios felt that the main character should have eyes to make sure children weren’t too scared of the film. Since the brains behind the film refused to fill Jack’s face, the movie came out without the Disney banner. However, there is actually still a hidden Mickey within the film - anyone know where it is?

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Speaking of the plot, the plot was actually based on shopping. If you’ve ever marveled at how retail stores rush to bring Christmas products out practically the day after Halloween, then you’ve had the same inspiration that led to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton explained in a DVD commentary that he often saw Halloween and Christmas decorations melding together during the winter months, and that’s what inspired him to create the ambiguous festive movie. Most of the movie plot also came from poetry. While Burton was working as an animator at Disney on productions like The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron, he began toying with cartoon projects of his own. This eventually led to animated shorts like "Vincent," as well as the penning of a poem called "The Nightmare Before Christmas." A sort of parody of Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (also known as "The Night Before Christmas"), this poem focused on Jack Skellington's inescapable ennui and featured his ghost dog Zero as well as Santa. 

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And now, here’s today’s daily motivation. Today’s theme is “Rain Rain, Don’t Go Away?” On rainy days, we all can admit feeling a bit gloomier than usual. The sky is grey and dark and we can’t go outside and enjoy the fresh air. We often find ourselves hitting lows on rainy days, but why should all our rainy days be filled with dread? The waters of life will not always be calm. Life will not always be rosy and not all of your days will be sweet. But although we will always face challenges in life, we should not focus too much on the problems that we lose sight of the opportunities. We should always find the optimistic viewpoint. So today, since it’s a rainy day for some of us, think of ways to bring light into this stormy weather. Maybe it’s curling up to watch a movie or getting a jump start on some DIY Halloween decorations. Maybe it’s as simple as coming online to hang out with us. Whatever it is, don’t let the rain bring you down!! 

happy rain GIF by Ethan Barnowsky

Edited by sofieremix
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