GeekNights Thursday - Beetlejuice

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Beetlejuice. The timeless classic movie from 1988, the bizarre animated series, even the musical, loom large (with the possible exception of the latter) in cinema history, and luckily we've never talked about it on GeekNights until now. In the news, late capitalist dystopia attacks the city skyline, late capitalist dystopia attacks the concept of color (making a lot of Adobe users rightfully angry), and Scott's Chair finally broke.

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Really behind in podcast listening but wanted to call out Tim Burton had very little to do with The Nightmare Before Christmas. That was primarily a Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach) joint.

How much he was personally hands-on with the production of the movie I don’t think matters too much. The full title of the movie is literally “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” even though he is just credited with creating the original story and characters. JRR Tolkien was dead when they made the LotR movies, but it would be quite difficult to say he had little to do with them or that they aren’t relevant to a discussion of his career and legacy.

He did design characters and story idea but the songs, storyboarding, and directing was someone else. I’d say it’s less like calling the movies Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and more like saying Mamiro Hosoda’s Digimon Adventure. Henry Selick didn’t evening know Tim Burton’s name would be added to the title until 3 weeks prior to release as Burton wasn’t present for any of the production.

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:fire: Spicy Hollywood beef.

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