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Some Facts:
1. The film is based on a poem Tim Burton wrote in 1982 while working as an animator for Disney.
2. Disney considered developing The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1982 as either a short film or 30-minute TV special. The studio eventually shelved it for being “too weird.”
3. Jack Skellington first appeared in Beetlejuice (1988). His head can be seen atop Beetlejuice’s carnival hat.
4. Burton did NOT direct the movie due to the film’s time commitment and his scheduling conflicts with Batman Returns.
5. The film used over 230 sets that were set up in 19 soundstages.
6. The sets were designed to look like the ink illustrations of Ronald Searle and Edward Gorey.
7. It took an entire week of shooting to create one minute of film.
8. Burton’s friend and composer Danny Elfman wrote the songs and music for the film without a script or storyboard.
9. Elfman also provided the singing voice for Jack after it was discovered that Chris Sarandon, Jack’s speaking voice, could not sing.
10. In the scenes with the street band, there is a small man inside the bass who is based on Elfman.
11. Elfman also provided the voices for Barrel and the Clown with the Tear-Away Face.
12. Patrick Stewart was the film’s original narrator, but was cut at the last minute for unclear reasons. He does, however, appear as the narrator on the film’s soundtrack.
13. In the original ending, Oogie Boogie was actually supposed to be Doctor Finklestein in disguise.
14. The film was only a modest success at the box office — earning just $50 million during its first theatrical run.
15. Disney wanted to build a Nightmare Before Christmas ride at Disneyland, but reportedly, Burton (who owns 50% of the rights to the characters) nixed the idea.
16. Burton also turned down Disney’s request to make a sequel, stating that “some movies should just be left alone. I think it keeps their kind of spirit intact in a way.”
17. Jack makes a cameo as a pirate skeleton in James and the Giant Peach.
18. He also makes hidden cameos in several films: as a shadow in the The Princess and the Frog, as a print on the Mad Hatters’ bow tie in Alice in Wonderland, and inside of a egg in Coraline.
19. Henry Selick directed the film.


Presenting our Top 10 Vanessa Headcanons. Including headcanons about Vanessa’s double, because nobody, not even Original Vanessa and Double Vanessa themselves, can tell which is which.

35) Intern Vanessa is a vampire. Kevin was the only one who knew, and tried to supply her with blood, and they occasionally spoke about it in code on air.

35) The Smiling God arrived in Desert Bluffs shortly after the Sandstorm. All of the far-too-friendly people were eventually consumed by it except Kevin, who became its new voice. Since it had made everyone transparent, his now-addled and sick mind believed the skeletons around town were still live people. He noticed that Vanessa died because she fell apart. He presumed that she had been dead for a long time, which wasn’t actually the case. Beware the Smiling God.

43) Intern Vanessa dying horribly was counterpart to Intern Dana getting locked in the Dog Park.

65) Intern Vanessa died during the Desert Bluffs battle against Strex.

77) Desert Bluffs intern Vanessa was the girlfriend Kevin referred to during his stint on NVCR, and was killed when Desert Bluffs fought against the smiling god. He constantly refers to the female interns as Vanessa to cope with the loss.

79) The Desert Bluffs resistance against Strexcorp was almost identical to the Night Vale resistance, except for one major difference…that Intern Vanessa was killed in the takeover of the Desert Bluffs radio station. If she had survived, she would have traveled, gathered two armies (a tiny robed army, and an army of demons), and brought them home just in time to save the town.

88) Vanessa and her double are both dead. Kevin put their corpses in the producer booth and pretends that they’re alive.

119) Vanessa, the intern, and Dana are in a relationship.

169) Citizens of Desert Bluffs are all physically similar to their counterparts in Night Vale, but they each have at least one obvious difference (besides the ones induced by Strexcorp, like having no eyes). That’s why Kevin has such a different voice from Cecil, and why [former] Mayor Pablo Mitchell is a different gender from [former] Mayor Pamela Winchell. In the same vein, Grandma Josephine and Old Woman Josie are different ages; Vanessa and Dana are different races; and Lawrence Levine and Larry Leroy are different heights.

183) Kevin loses just as many interns as Cecil. In fact, he’s far more likely to have a direct hand in their demise, especially when the studio needs a new “shelving unit.” He just doesn’t acknowledge this because he calls all his interns Vanessa. All of them. Even the men.

Put the Needle on the Record

A/N: Happy Birthday kat2609! This is a gift worked on by both Amy and KG (me and poor-dumb-killian on Tumblr), complete with a bashful Killian and stacks and stacks of music (who could ask for anything more, right?!)

Summary: After being convinced to join the University’s radio station, a bold Emma asks a bashful Killian to mentor her to be an on-air DJ.

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Ruby had convinced her that having their own radio show on the campus station would be a blast. So now Emma found herself sitting in a lecture hall among several underclassmen who dreamed of careers in radio. Emma had signed the sheet up front when she’d first come in, filled in her name and email address. There were a decent amount of students interested, and she’d lined up behind the flannel clad, Chuck Taylor wearing hipsters.

Ruby, of course, was late. Emma had climbed the stairs to find a spot near the back. She scanned the front of the room, noting a couple of students who appeared to be trying to figure out who would run this ‘meeting.’ A tall severe looking girl looked to be in charge, and she stepped up to the middle of the dais just as Ruby traipsed into the room and signed her name to the sheet. She glanced up, located Emma and slid into the seat next to her. A few more stragglers entered the lecture hall and were forced to sit down front beneath the haughty glare of the girl who looked to be taking charge.

“Thank you all for showing interest in training at the station. I’m Regina, the General Manager.” she stepped up to the first row of students and handed out a pile of flyers.

“Take a copy of how to go about becoming a trainee. You’ll have to do a certain number of hours shadowing an on-air dj, and then take your FCC license test.”

Emma glanced over at Ruby. How was this going to be a fun thing? She didn’t realize there’d be a test involved. The door to the room cracked open and a late arrival crept into the room. Dark messy hair, black t-shirt, he made his way to one of the seats on the dais behind Regina. She turned and glared at him. He shrugged his shoulders and stretched his legs out in front of him, crossed his ankles and raised an eyebrow at her to continue.

Ruby elbowed Emma, and whispered, “Hot guy alert.”

Regina glared over her shoulder and turned back to introduce the late comer. “This is our Music Director, Killian Jones.” He nodded at the room and went back to looking like he’d rather be anywhere else but in front of a room full of people.

Regina pointed back at a couple of other radio station volunteers seated behind her. “August Booth is Chief engineer, and Mary Margaret Blanchard is Chief Announcer.” The two gave a half-hearted wave at the gathered group of interested students. Regina went on to explain what the different officers responsibilities were at the station.

Emma couldn’t take her eyes off of Killian Jones. He fidgeted in his chair and kept glancing at his phone. Emma’s attention focused on the information sheet that had finally made it’s way up to the back of the room, and she handed Ruby her own copy. It detailed the schedule of the on-air djs and spelled out how the new recruits would be need to seek out a mentor in the coming week.

“Ruby, this better be worth it.”

“Well, we can always blow it off if we get stuck with lame mentors.”

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