Random Kingdom Hearts Trivia to Know

  1. Ariel was originally meant to be a Princess of Heart, but in order for this to happen she needed to be captured by Maleficent – and this meant that Ursula needed to give Ariel her legs. To make this happen in the story, Ariel would have had to be introduced into Kingdom Hearts already progressed in her story to the point where she had legs. The series was too far into production though to add this. Because of this the producers ended up choosing Alice to be a Princess of Heart.

  2. Sora’s role in the series as the protagonist was originally not something that Disney wanted to do. Disney apparently wanted Donald Duck to be the protagonist, but Testuya Nomura (the series creator) wanted an original human protagonist. It was said that Nomura wasn’t interesting in making someone else’s idea and wanted to make something unique.

  3. Kingdom Hearts producer Shinji Hashimoto is to thank for the series being created, due to him meeting with a Disney executive in an elevator. Tetsuya Nomura, at a panel for the D23 Disney fan club convention in 2017 explained, “The Square Enix Japan office happened to be in the same building where Disney’s gaming division was. It just so happened that our executive producer, Mr Shinji Hashimoto, and a Disney executive rode the elevator together. They would have conversations saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice for us to do something collaborative?’ So rather than having either Square Enix or Disney approach the other with a formal business plan, it was all down to being in the same building.”

  4. The Final Fantasy characters were added in so that original characters didn’t need to be created for minor parts in the game.

  5. The Deep Jungle world only appears in the first Kingdom Hearts game as Square Enix did not renew their license for it after the first game was completed. The rights to the original Tarzan are owned by the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ estate. Disney secured animated film rights from the estate for Tarzan back in the 90s, and therefore are allowed to do what they want with their own version of Tarzan. As Square Enix is a separate company to Disney though they most likely would have had to get permission from the Edgar Rice Burrough’s estate for a license to Tarzan. It was never revealed why Square Enix did not renew their license for Tarzan after the Kingdom Hearts game was released.

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Music and Me Tag: My (Probably Trash Taste) Edition

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  1. Link back to the original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
  2. For every prompt you choose name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s graphics)
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD!

Home Town Glory // Songs that remind you of home // Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

“But it’s been a long time since I felt this good on my own.”

I don’t think this song reminds me of home physically as much as it reminds me of the vibe that we’re all small specks of dust in such a vast universe. I just feel like it would be a great song to have someone dancing to with a brightly star-light night background in a dimly light city or in a landscape like what Ymir was in in Attack on Titan. Someone make this happen for me please. My soul needs it.

It’s a Love Story // Your favourite songs about love // All of Me by John Legend

“What would I do without your smart mouth?”

I just really like this as a love song since it’s sung to the person he loves and includes things typically portrayed as ‘negative’ in a wonderful light. He just sounds so in love.

Shut Up and Dance // Songs you have to dance to // Dancin (KRONO Remix) by Aaron Smith

“Yeah but the feeling is fine.”

This song is such a bop. It’s got such solid beats against the vocals and the little odd sounding runs/trills just helps add to it.

If this was a Movie // Songs from Movies/TV/Broadway // The Plagues from Prince of Egypt

“Serving as your foe on his behalf is the last thing that I wanted.”

This is such a chilling song. The chorus’ harmonies and articulation, the instrumental sections, the lyrics, it’s all so creepy and powerful. The part where they make Moses sing against Rameses too is just perfection.

Comfort Crowd // Songs that make you feel calm // Frozen by Sheldon Riley

“You’re frozen when your heart’s not open.”

In what is probably a rather controversial opinion, I much prefer this cover to the original. The lyrics are so perfect for a ballad and I think the fact he’s projection is so open voweled and warm sounding adds to a sense of longing.

Always Remember Us this Way // Songs that remind you of your childhood // Asereje by Las Ketchup

“Y la baila y la goza y la canta.”

This song purely reminds me of my childhood because my dad sung it so much with us and played it so much. He helped me with my pronunciation too since I always butchered it. Plus, my siblings loved this song when it was on Just Dance.

Let’s Get Down to Business // Songs that motivate you // Son of Man by Phil Collins   

“Oh, the power to be strong and the wisdom to be wise.”

I don’t think this song motivates me as much as I just want to say I appreciate Phil Collins absolutely going above and beyond in Tarzan. I don’t even care about his tax evasion this song makes me feel things and stay focused on studying (I don’t do well with upbeat songs while studying, I need songs more in the same vibe as Son of Man to focus).

Old Town Road // Songs from the past that you like // Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

“Would it be a sin if I can’t help falling in love with you?”

This is such a romantic song. No more needs to be said.

Cry with You // Songs that make you cry and cry // Call of Silence by Hiroyuki Sawano

“Even if my body’s bleached to the bones I don’t want to go through that ever again.”

I can’t say anything about this song. I’ll just cry. Please listen to it.

I Think I’m in Love // Your latest music obsessions // Far Beyond by Dexter French

“Through ourselves we send a sign but the message is our breaking.”

I couldn’t think of a latest obsession so I just decided to put what’s probably my favourite song in.

Writer in the Dark // Favourite lyrics from songs // The Loneliest Girl from Carole and Tuesday and TheDOGS by Hiroyuki Sawano

“Do you really want to set the night on fire?”

Lyrically this is just one of my favourite songs from this series. It’s got such a clear story, emotion and message told.

“Were we born to lose and let goliath win?’

You have to listen to this song the lyrics are so good.

Sign of the Times // Songs in the charts that you love // Call out my Name by The Weeknd

“I said I didn’t feel nothing baby, but I lied.”

The Weeknd has such a great voice with so much emotion behind it. This song is feeling.

More Than a Memory // Songs you have specific memories attached to // Right Here, Right Now by Fat Boy Slim

I was deathly afraid of this music video growing up. It got to the stage that just the music would make me physically nauseous. If you made me watch any part of the video I would cry. And if you made me sit through the whole thing it would sometimes get to the point where I was sweating and my hands were minutely shaking.

Sing to Me Instead // Those songs you have to sing to // Take me to Church by Hozier

“I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife.”

I seriously considered putting this song under the ‘lyrics’ question for this tag but I just love singing along to it so I had to keep it here.

I Wasn’t Expecting That // Songs that you didn’t expect to love, but you do // Glassy Sky by Yutaka Yamada

“The moments we spent have passed and gone away.”

I was crying too much the first time I heard the song so I knew I liked it but on a second listen I remembering not liking it as much? But I listened to it later thinking I still wouldn’t like it that much and did a total 180. I love this beautiful song.

Favourite Record // Albums you can’t live without // Merry-Go-Round-of-Life by Joe Hisaishi

I actually don’t listen to albums so I wasn’t sure to to put it. However, I will listen to this song for the length of an album. Someone please make a note that I want this song played at every major life event I have and if it’s not I will be upset. Someone better play this behind me while I dance through the street one night after a fantastic day where a wizard walks me through the air.

Video Games // Name your favourite music videos // The Trail We Blaze from The Road to El Dorado

“Changing legend into fact we shall ride into history.”

Okay so I also don’t really watch music videos. However, I have watched the Road to El Dorado many times and its entire soundtrack goes so hard in the movie which is a video. So, on that note I’m putting this song in.

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Uncredited Disney Roles?

Okay so. There’s something I’ve always wondered.

Why aren’t the Disney singing voices credits alongside the actors in the ending credits?

The voice actors for characters’ speaking voices are always credited under ‘characters’ and really early on in end credits, but why aren’t their singing voices shown when the voice actor’s name is? Honestly when I was younger I thought that the person who voiced a character speaking would always also be their singing voice because I was little and thought TV was magic, but still didn’t catch on until a while after I realised that different people can voice a character for different things because at the end of a movie with the credits – again, I was young and didn’t watch all the way until the end and just figured it was the same person. I also still to this day didn’t know if they credited singing voices, since I found out through Spotify for the most part.

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Because a lot of the time, people who provide only a character’s singing voice are closer to the end of the credits. I’ve done some research why and turns out the answer to all my questions is fairly simple for the most part.

(I’ll have the links to a couple articles I had a look through for anyone interesting to finding out more about movie credits or finding a template on how to structure movie credits too down at the bottom of this post).

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Singers are credited down the end with the music section where before their name it’ll say, ‘performed by’ under which songs they sung for. But I found that odd because honestly, for characters who only voice their actors – I remember their singing over anything else because their animated musicals. Their singing is a part of them, and often more iconic. I can tell you Judi Kun sung for Pocahontas off the top of my head but I need to research that Irene Bedard was her speaking voice. And that’s not to discredit the hard word and talent of the VAs. Honestly, they’re all so talented. Usually the reason for the difference actors are varied anyway – it could be budget constraints, an actor isn’t a singer, a singer’s tone is better suited to the character, if there’s a younger actor he’s voice might not be consistent enough during puberty to sing a song needed, timing constraints, really there’s so many valid reasons. I was just kind of confused why they aren’t together in the credits.

Some most noticeable cases to me, and this obviously isn’t an extensive list, are:

Aladdin, Mulan, The Lion King (1 and 2), Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

In these movies, the people who gave characters their speaking and singing voices are as follows:

Character Speaking Voice Actor/Actress Singing Voice Actor/Actress
Jasmine (Aladdin) Linda Larkin Lea Salonga
Aladdin (Aladdin) Scott Weinger Brad Kane
Mulan (Mulan) Ming-Na Wen Lea Salonga
Shang (Mulan) B. D. Wong Donny Osmond
Simba (The Lion King) Matthew Broderick Joseph Williams
Simba (The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride) Matthew Broderick Cam Clarke
Pocahontas (Pocahontas) Irene Bedard Judy Kuhn
Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Demi Moore Heidi Mollenhauer

I’m not part of the industry so I don’t know, but I thought I’d do some research. Obviously tell me if there’s something I’ve missed in this video that’s imperative or any ideas or experience you have – it’s much appreciated! This video is pretty much me just questioning why this happens. And if you think the answers to my questions should have been obvious to me, I maintain my right to be a dumb bitch who can’t connect the dots.

Singers are usually credited down near the end of credits because of how closing credits are structured. Opening credits are the obviously the credits seen at the start of a film or show and list the “most important members of production,” while the closing credits contains pretty much a full list of everyone who worked on the film or show episode.

Usually opening credits follow the order:
1. Major companies involved such as production company and distributor
2. The film title
3. Those who you are contractually obligated to credit before anyone else (often the lead cast/stars of a movie)
4. Credits follow a list of the “lead important” contributors through to the “most important” contributors. This often looks something like casting director, music composer, costume designer, associate producers, editors, production designers, directors of photography, executive producers, producers, writers, directors.

A big part of this last part is that between film-to-film, genre-to-genre, the “importance” of a role can vary – so you’ll see different contributors credited in different orders. For example, in a musical the musical composer might and choreographer might have a different placement in opening credits. Or in an animated film, supervising animators might get put into opening credits and put in a more “important” role. I feel like a good example of this is how is in the 2011 Tin Tin movie they follow this order fairly to a T – as the structure after the cast the order as: ‘casting by,’ ‘music by,’ ‘senior visual effects supervisor,’ ‘visual effects supervisor,’ ‘animation supervisor,’ ‘co-producers,’ ‘edited by,’ ‘executive producers,’ ‘produced by’ and finally ‘based on’ then ‘screenplay by’ and ‘directed by.’

Les Misérables though puts the production major companies first, then the ‘stars,’ then the screen play by, and then what it’s based on, then the director.

Obviously not all opening credits even have all these elements, as a lot just put in the major companies and film title then go for it.

But I’ve been waffling for too long now. Closing credits are quite different to ending credits. *ahem* I wonder why definitely could never guess *ahem* It’s because they credit the entire cast and crew!

I ended up looking up then how to compile film credits and confirmed that singing voices should go under ‘performance’ with the song closer to the of the credits while the speaking voice should be credited as the character because the standard closing credit order is:

  • Director
  • Writers
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Lead Cast
  • Supporting Cast
  • Director of Photography
  • Production Designer
  • Editor
  • Associate Producers
  • Costume Designer
  • Music Composer
  • Casting Director


As you can see from these also incredibly blurry 1990s screenshots (screenshots shown in order of Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan) – sometimes the voice actors and singers are credit next to each other, which is what started this entire research escapade to start with!

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Because some of them though do credit together I figured it might just be like a directional thing? Or a time thing? Couldn’t really find a link due to some never directing another musical, another animation really, only doing shorts, or just yeah too many variables.

I mean, look at this very intelligent table I did up:

Movie Director(s) Year Together/Separate
Aladdin Ron Clements and John Musker 1992 Separate
The Lion King Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff 1994 Separate
Pocahontas Eric Goldberg and Mike Gabriel 1995 Together
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise 1996 Together
The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride Darrell Rooney 1998 Separate
Mulan Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook 1998 Together

So, I’ve just determined that closing credits do sometimes move some things around. A good example of this in how in The Lion King Tim, Rice, Elton John and Hans Zimmer are credited pretty early on in the closing credits. (Most likely because the movie is an animated musical after all.)

That’s why for The Lion King 1 and 2 and Aladdin (shown below) the singers and voice actors are separate, but for Pocahontas, Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame they are together.

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I also found that in other animated, princess-based films from the 1990s that Anastasia credits the voice actress at the start of the end credits, but the singer only during the full cast list, while in The Swan Princess they credit the voice actress and directly after credit the singer. So really that just further supports that closing credits order isn’t set in stone.

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The Ultimate Guide to Film Credits Order Hierarchy with Free Film Credits Template, by Arnon Shorr: https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/where-credit-is-due-film-credits-order-hierarchy-with-free-film-credits-template/

Opening and Closing Credits, provided by the BBC: https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/site/Opening_and_closing_Credits.pdf

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An Updated Pop Vinyl Collection

I have somehow managed to amass even more pop vinyls since last time. I often wonder how, but then remember that the vast majority were gifts or arcade prizes (along with some really cute plushies…) and I am grateful for all of them! Especially since I love decorating my room with things that I love, and merchandise is a big part of that for me.

It’s so hard to pick favourites, but this corner has to have some of them…

Fun fact about the Eeyore: it was a present ordered online for the diamond edition (which is usually glittery black). So when it arrived blue, the person who bought it for me was very confused and about to call the supplier to ask why it was the wrong colour. They then looked it up online, and realised that this was the ‘chase’ version and that the supplier did a thing where you could win it if you ordered online

I’ve had to start budgeting when I go to the second-hand book festival run each year in my city

It’s a bit of a Kingdom Hearts shrine area…

I just really love the Halloween Town designs!

I’m not going to think about Voltron Season 8

I have wayyyyyy too many favourite MHA characters

The collection has grown…

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This is mandatory information that everyone must know.

Leading up to the drop of Kingdom Hearts III, YouTube channel Kingdom Hearts Repertory is live streaming all the cinematic story scenes of every Kingdom Hearts game. The sole purpose of their channel is helping people get ready, and hyped, for Kingdom Hearts III.

Complete with a countdown of the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until Kingdom Hearts III is dropped, there’s really no better way to get excited for it than randomly joining in to watch and even see what’s going down in the chat!

Alternatively, there is also Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far that is available for sale on the PS4 that Kingdom Hearts Repertory sells in their Amazon store… It’s a play through of the entire Kingdom Hearts series that’s available for only $40.

(Alternatively, YouTube channel Buttonlicious has published the full 11 hours 54 minutes 50 seconds of the cinematic story scenes in most of the Kingdom Hearts games if that more floats your boat…)

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Makes sense about Adriana though… considering Snow White is only 14…

  1. Adriana Caselotti (Snow White) was only 15 years old when she voiced Snow White
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  2. I didn’t actually know who Kelly McDonald (Merida) was before Brave. And I’m really shocked by that considering how much she’s in! She’s most well known for Trainspotting, Gosford Park and Intermission (aside from Brave, obviously). But she’s also in Harry Potter! She’s Helena Ravenclaw, the Grey Lady! She’s also in Nanny McPhee!
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  3. Anika Noni Rose (Tiana) moved to New York without a job. However after 3 months she landed the role of Rusty in Broadway’s Footloose!
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  4. Paige O’Hara (Belle), Jodi Benson (Ariel) and Judy Kuhn (singing voice of Pocahontas) all had small cameo parts in Enchanted! Jodi was Sam the secretary, Paige was the star of the soap opera that Edward was watching in the hotel and Judy was the pregnant woman with her family.
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“Bet you don’t know why the sun sets red.” – Axel, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

I love Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It’s an emotional, involved and well developed 3DS game. The graphics are a bit iffy because DS, but the cinematic shorts are amazing to watch because of how interesting and varied the worlds are, the characters are and the continued development of the Kingdom Hearts story line is always wonderful.

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The art style of this manga is so cute. It’s quite simple, and not necessarily insanely detailed. But it’s so cute. The small details though on the landscape shots are so pretty, with lights, shading and the huge scale of the buildings and view in shot on full display. I love how … draws Dark Corridors too, they are so lovely. The covers of the manga are also so pretty with the more faded, simple and matching aesthetic.

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And to flesh out the manga there is an elaboration on the story. The scenes original to the manga are quite varied too! There’s ones that give an insight into the characters thoughts and feelings, reveal more about Organization XIII (Demyx steals the show a lot. Plus is amazing comedic relief), just are plain funny and entertaining, an elaboration on the story and worlds of Kingdom Hearts and have a nice mix of villain scenes. Quite a lot of these original scenes too have a lot of domesticity and even sweetness and humour in them because of the additional character interactions and individual time and thoughts dedicated to all the characters.

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Organization XIII is so great to read about too. Their characters are further elaborated upon, and it’s interesting to see how their organisation works and learn more about the individual characters. You get to see how the Dusks work more as ‘soldiers’ for the organisation and see how each member controls their own squad of Pureblood Heartless. There’s also quite a lot of Demyx being Demyx in the manga, and they are some of the funniest scenes and totally original to the manga. You get to see the Organization members talking about washing and cooking and see more of their Castle. In Days you don’t really get to see that much of the castle expect for the common room, the meeting room, Roxas’ bedroom and some hallways too. But in the manga the Castle is a lot more on display complete with that washing room and kitchen filled with instant noodles we all needed to see.

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The Days manga is detailed in its story line and explanation about world and plans. It’s coherent, easy to follow and the characters are very true to the story line but elaborated on and lets us emotional connect to them even more. Organization XIII really is of full display too throughout this manga, and I love them even more after I read this manga series.

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Embarrassingly, we were the first ones in the cinema and there was about 2 minutes to go until the movie started. I said, “All we’re missing now is that couple who sucks each other’s face to come in and complete the experience.” And literally as I said that a couple holding hands and kissing each other came in. Naturally my friend and I burst into laughter because apparently I’d jinxed it like I tend to do to most things, and the couple while walking up the stairs stopped kissing to see us standing at our seats seemingly loose it.

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Almost two weeks ago now I went out to go see Christopher Robin and I loved it. It was so, so cute!

There was so many well-known, iconic quotes in it that just make your heart melt. And the movie started off with a farewell Christopher Robin scene to make you extra emotional. The orientation stuff of the film too also really helped to give a quick refresh as to who all the characters are, or introduce them if you already didn’t know, and just helped set up the movie all quite nicely. I loved how in the film they interspersed fading live-action frames out to frames of drawings of Winnie the Pooh with text too , and used another one of these transitions at the end to conclude it nicely.

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The acting was great too. Both the live-action actors and voice actors! And I loved the stuffed toy feel that all the Winnie the Pooh characters had. I liked the visuals too! Everything was very well co-ordinated, pleasing and really just worked well to create immersive worlds in both the live-action England and the 100 Acre Wood.

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And I did like the storyline – I like that the movie managed to balance serious elements with the more fun ones. Especially with how Christopher’s more ‘adult’ approach to things works vs how he needs to learn to appreciate innocence, having fun and a little bit of magic too. Some people might have found Christopher’s over-domineering work ethic to be very annoying, but we do receive a montage about Christopher’s life experiences that have brought him to where he is that day so at least it makes his character a lot more understandable. At times the movie was actually pretty funny too, with Eeyore being the main contributor to this…

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I also appreciate how in this movie the philosophy of ‘doing nothing often leads to the greatest something’ is tied in. I feel like this line is very up to interpretation and debate among people if they wanted to discuss it, but I think that the movie takes a nice approach to it that makes sense in the context of a world in which people have to work to make a living while also try to maintain a work/life balance.

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So maybe it’s not the most amazing thing ever (but can anything really ever rival A. A. Milne’s own work?), but is so heartwarming. It was well-balanced, had great acting, had that little bit of magic in it and was incredibly cute!

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Mid-semesters are slowly killing me at the moment…

I haven’t ever showed any merch I have before, so I thought it might be fun to do!

I’m not really a big collector but I do have quite a few pop vinyls (way more than my Mum likes anyway… She likes to sometimes look at them and then count up how much money I’ve spent on them. Which I mean, fair enough!)

So here is the not quite non-existent but also not extensive collection of pops that I have!

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Shaggy looks so good!

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They don’t really go together… but oh well!

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Raven is glow-in-the-dark too!

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I really love all the Halloween Town designs ❤

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Mad Hatter featuring a semi-alive plant

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Kaiba is one of my latest additions to the family!

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Jack and Black Lady look so great!!!


The more you know…

  1. Disney wanted Jack to have eyes, but Burton and Selick wouldn’t change Jack’s already hollow eyes.
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  2. Danny Elfman didn’t just give Jack his singing voice, but also Barrel’s and the ‘menacing clown with the tear away face.’ Burton also used a lot of people from his past collaborations to lend their voices to characters too – such as Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) as Lock, Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice) as Shock and Sally and Glenn Shadix (Beetlejuice) as the mayor of Halloween Town.
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  3. Originally, Burton imagined the film as a Christmas television special. However when he pitched the idea, no-one wanted to take it on until it was pitched as a full-length feature film.
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  4. Burton actually rejected a CGI sequel offer for film – he had no interest in one. Burton has stated that, “I was always very protective of (The Nightmare Before Christmas), not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving World’ or other kinds of things, just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it. Because it’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.”
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  5. Shooting began before the script was fully completed for the film, as one minute of the movie took about a week to shoot.
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