Ever since their first collaboration on 1985’s “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman have established themselves as one of Hollywood’s most perfect pairings. This holiday season, Warner Bros. Records will commemorate their prolific partnership with the release of “The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box,” a massive collection of the duo’s 13 scores together, featuring more than 19 hours of music, an exclusive DVD, and a long list of rare audio, video, and collectible material.
Later this week we’ll feature a rare interview with Elfman discussing his work on projects like 1990’s “Batman,” but Warner Bros. Records has also provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive clip of Elfman and Burton reflecting on “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” one of the many projects featured in the 25th Anniversary Music Box. In the clip, the award-winning composer explains why he identified so well with the film’s skeletal hero.
“[’Nightmare’] probably reminded me more of your days in clubs and the certain type of music you were doing,” Burton told Elfman. “To me, that always seemed like the clearest thing to you in a way — something that was just inside of you for a long time.”
Along with receiving multiple award nominations for his scores and a Grammy win for the theme to Burton’s “Batman,” Elfman provided the singing voice for “Nightmare Before Christmas” main character Jack Skellington. According to the pair, the “Nightmare” score was one of the quickest projects they’ve ever worked on together — owing mainly to Elfman’s familiarity with the trials and tribulations faced by the reluctant leader of Halloween Town.
“It was easy for me to understand a character who lives in a world that he’s the king of, but doesn’t want to be the king of any more — because that was reflecting exactly my life with my band, Oingo Boingo,” explained Elfman. “Anyone who’s the lead singer in a band is the king of their little world. Whatever their band is, that’s their version of Halloween Town. In my case, that was Oingo Boingo. Having done it a number of years, I was really itching to do something else.”
“Also, your shows were very Halloween-based, I recall,” laughed Burton.
Keep it locked to Splash Page this week for our full interview with Danny Elfman about his work with Tim Burton over the years — including some surprising “Batman” behind-the-scenes stories!
The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is available for pre-order now. You can find out more information about it (and place an order) at www.burtonelfman.com.