Welcome Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King, to our first Tsum Tsum Cupcake family. This could be my favorite Tsum Tsum cupcake, it’s simplicity makes it perfect to make for your Halloween Town party.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite Disney movies. Many people do not know that it is a Disney movie, because they released it under the Touchstone Pictures moniker. This movie is a real masterpiece for its time. From the stunning imagery put together via stop animation to the soundtrack written by Danny Elfman, this movie is a marvel of creativity.
Tim Burton, the mastermind behind the Nightmare Before Christmas, based the movie on a poem that he wrote and illustrated. Tim worked at Disney as an animator in the early 80s, he worked on concept art, a short called, “Vincent”, and a full length film called “Frankenweenie”. After he left Disney, he directed Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice (1988), and Edward Scissorhands(1990). Presumably because of his previous relationship with Disney, in 1990 Burton and Disney signed a development deal to create The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Tim Burton, who was the producer, didn’t actually direct the movie, that was left to Henry Selick, in fact, Tim Burton was only on set for a small period of the actual filming. According to Wikipedia, Tim Burton didn’t want to be involved in the “painstakingly slow process of stop motion.” But Henry Selick did an excellent job bringing the characters, like Jack Skellington, to life. The movie used 227 puppets, over 20 sound stages, 20 stages for filming, and in total over 108 thousand frames were taken for the movie.
In addition to the amazing story and production of the film, the music created for the film is like no other. Danny Elfman, who wrote the score, also performs the singing voice of Jack. The journey of Jack would not be the same without the moving and sometimes heart stopping music that is intertwined into the film. In the video below, you can see Elfman perform songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas in a rare performance at the Hollywood Bowl on October 31, 2015
The idea of Jack Skellington, aka The Pumpkin King, isn’t really unique, after all he is a suit wearing skeleton, but you can recognize him instantly by his smile and shape of his eyes. Every time I see his face, all I can hear is Danny Elfman singing, “I – Jack – The Pumpkin King, have grown so tired of the same old thing…”. Jack, over the years, has become a very popular Disney character and for good reason.
Jack is a character that rarely loses his temper, but did punish Oogie Boogie for endangering, er – torturing, Santa. Who does not love a character that stands up for Santa Claus!
This cupcake topper, like the other Tsum Tsum cupcakes, is made from fondant, using Wilton Gel Food Coloring.
My kids got me hooked on the Disney Tsum Tsum game by Line. It’s available on both Android and IOS and it’s a simple, connect the character type of game, but you can earn coins and buy your favorite Tsum Tsums to play with. Each of the Tsum Tsums in the game has a special skill they can use to help clear Tsum Tsums. Jack Skellington, in particular, can allow you to clear a chain of Tsum Tsums without having to connect them. Jack’s special skill can be activated by connecting 22 Jack Skellington Tsums. You can find Jack in the Premium box in the store.