it's about that time of year again when i start watching tim burton's the nightmare before christmas. i watch it every year in the fall until christmas, and i've seen it too many times to count. it still mesmerizes me just like it did almost 20 years ago (!) when it was made. this movie had a huge impact on my developing creativity and it was when i was introduced to the music of danny elfman. corpse bride, coraline and the like were excellently crafted but it's the adventures of mr. skellington where it all began.