Prop Culture: The Nightmare Before Christmas

(2020) Disney+

The Story

We aren’t crying, you’re crying! If you’re a child of the 90s/00s, The Nightmare Before Christmas centered episode of Prop Culture will send you down memory lane.

In this episode of Prop Culture, Dan Lanigan travels the country to get information on some amazing original props from the 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Lanigan travels around California and New York talking with some major players in the development of the film.

Some of the props you’ll see in this episode include multiple types of Spiral Hills, figures and faces from characters, and the original script for the film!

The District Decision

If you have seen Episode 1 of Prop Culture (Mary Poppins), you may remember Richard Sherman making an appearance and playing a brief tune on the piano in Walt’s office. For The Nightmare Before Christmas episode, Lanigan was able to bring in the iconic Danny Elfman! Elfman shared a few stories with Lanigan, but more importantly sang some lines from the film and explained how he decided on the voice to use for Jack. Hearing Elfman sing What’s This, gave me goosebumps. Disney and Lanigan did a fantastic job on Episode 3 of Prop Culture!

Final Grade: The District Decision for Prop Culture: The Nightmare Before Christmas is that the film is Worth It/Niche with a final grade of A.

The District Decision Grading Scale: Skip It (not worth the watch), Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Background Noise (worth having on while doing other activities), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre).

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