Danny Elfman #Scoregasm

All day, I’ve had the voice of Jack Skellington battling it out in my headspace with various mildly spooky refrains from some of my favourite Tim Burton films.

Danny Elfman

Despite remaining somewhat burnt over the lack of official tour programmes (the bladdy things were sold out soon after doors opened), the Birmingham stop of ‘Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton’ was an amazing live show and a rare chance to hear highlights from the back catalogue of such a renowned film composer. By turns bombastic (the ‘da-da-da-dunnn’ of pre-Zimmerman ‘Batman’), elegant (the subdued majesty of ‘Big Fish’s climax) and downright scary (the Hammer horror of ‘Sleepy Hollow’), the concert saw the BBC Concert Orchestra tackle all 15 of the Burton/Elfman collabs.

Highlights? Well, all of it. But I can safely say I now want a theremin for Christmas, after the sci-fi suites of ‘Mars Attacks’ and ‘Frankenweenie’. The young soprano who led the choir on the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ theme also threatened to steal the show, but it was perhaps the films you would expect that had the audience of clear devotees (lots of black-and-white stripes on display) on the edge of their seats, goose-pimpling and getting a tad nostalgic. The ‘Ice Dance’ suite from ‘Edward Scissorhands’ was obviously gorgeous, while Elfman himself inspired at least two standing ovations with a perfectly performed medley of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ songs, giving spindly-limbed life to both Skellington and Santa-napping nemesis Oogie Boogie.

Encore x 1000. Now, I really want this if someone would like to gift me a wad of cash. Maybe I’ll have to ask Sandy Claws…

Music From the Films of Tim Burton

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Disney Welcomes You to Christmas Town

I wrapped my first Christmas presents tonight, which makes me a CRAZY PERSON. But, my ultra-preparedness aside, Christmas is on the way and the House of Mouse knows it – Mickey and his minions have released their first lot of Xmas goodies ahead of the holiday season.

Obviously, I want all of the Jack Skellington ‘Nightmare’ baubles, but I think Pascal in a Santa suit is the winner here. Choice picks below, more at The Disney Store.

nightmare before christmas
pascal santa
mickey ears xmas
sulley xmas bauble

What’s This?! Danny Elfman Tours UK

danny elfman music from the films of tim burton

Tim Burton fans are in for a treat without the requisite trick from Lock, Shock and Barrel. After the London Royal Albert Hall show sold out, it has been announced that Danny Elfman will tour ‘Music from the Films of Tim Burton’ in Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham.

Cue geek explosions from Tim Burton fans across the UK, myself included. As the press release puts it, this ‘brand new orchestra event features Danny Elfman’s famous film scores brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of John Mauceri, and enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Tim Burton’s original film sketches, drawings and story boards.’ Featuring music from some of Burton’s biggest films – that’s you, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Batman’ – these special shows will feature four-time Oscar nominee Elfman playing with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a 45-piece choir. Heck, he’ll even be singing the part of Jack Skellington – WHAT’S THIS?!

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a wee bit excited. Here’s hoping the faithful Elfman elves get tickets. Until then, I’m gonna be dancing about under an ice sculpture looking forward to October 10th…