There are Christmas movies and there are Halloween movies and they rarely intersect. There are a few Christmas horror flicks (Gremlins, Krampus), and a few horrifying Christmas flicks (Christmas with the Kranks), but they don’t overlap all that often.
Perhaps the best example is The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Henry Selick-directed (and Tim Burton produced) stop-motion musical about Jack Skellington and Halloween Town.
I’m not even going to get into whether or not it’s a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie or what; we can have that debate when the sequel comes out! In book form.
That’s right, a sequel to the beloved musical was just announced, in the form of a young adult novel to be written by Shea Ernshaw. It will pick up after the first movie. Jack and Sally are now married, and Sally gets Halloween Town in hot water when she accidentally releases a villain.
“This new book, written from the point of view of Sally, takes place shortly after the movie ends. It’s the yet-to-be-told love story of Sally and Jack. But it’s also a coming-of-age story for Sally, as we see her navigate her new royal title as the Pumpkin Queen of Halloween Town[. It] will hopefully give fans a long-awaited second dose of Sally, Jack, and all the familiar residents of Halloween Town, while introducing a new cast of grim, strange characters, that I hope readers will love.”
Ernshaw laid out the themes of the story in a Q&A on io9, explaining that he “really wanted to explore Sally’s identity, and better understand not only who she is now that she’s fallen in love with Jack and taken on the role of the Pumpkin Queen, but also understand how her past has affected her present desires, doubts, and dreams.”
Sounds like there’s a lot to work with, and perhaps a lot to make songs out of someday, if Hollywood decides to get involved and make another movie out of this universe. Hopefully, if they do, they bring back the same creative team that makes the first movie so beloved.