The “Secret Life” of Jack Skellington

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In The Nightmare Before Christmas, the original mashup film of my two favorite holidays, Mr. Skellington is seen questioning things.

As the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, where he’s been the grand master of ghoulish ceremonies, he’s just flat out getting bored with the same ol’ creepy shit every year.

“I’m sick of the scaring, the terror, the fright.

I’m tired of being something that goes bump in the night.

I’m bored with leering my horrible glances,

And my feet hurt from dancing those skeleton dances.

I don’t like graveyards, and I need something new.

There must be more to life than just yelling, ’Boo!’”

~ Excerpt from the Tim Burton poem that is the basis of the film.

No doubt, Jack, no doubt about it!

Accepting one identity carte blanche, and adopting it for all its worth… it can get monotonous, huh?

Even for patron spirits like yourself whose calling comes with a lot of fame and otherworldly talents (even a sidekick dog with a cool light-up nose).

If YOU, Jack, are seeking more… then dammit, there’s no holding me back either.

So, what are chumps like us supposed to do? Let’s find out…

The idealism of a youthful brain! What a blessing, what a curse!

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