In Brightest Day: The Nightmare Before Christmas Part 1

Alright, let’s get this out of the way first. I love Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s an absolutely brilliant movie, musical, and what else you want to call it. I personally love movies that can be labeled whatever you want to label them, and this is one of them. Children’s movie? Yep. Adult? Sure. Christmas? Absolutely. Halloween? That too. You can’t go wrong.

And the one character I love more than anything is not Jack, although his character is well thought out too. I love Sally.

Sally Nightmare Before Christmas

The reason Sally resonates with me is because she wants out. When I was in high school, I had a bout with the emo virus. It has left its scars, and Nightmare Before Christmas is one of those scars I wear proudly. Sally is a rag doll. She is created by the mad Doctor Finklestein to serve as a daughter/servant for her creator, literally living life as something to be thrown around, hence the symbolism of being a rag doll.

While I knew of this movie as a young child, I fell in love with Sally in high school because I felt like that rag doll. At some point in high school, I became “popular” solely to take the brunt of jokes and insults from the other popular kids. The torture of this drove me to hate things, and I longed for a way out. Luckily, I didn’t have to jump out a window to escape, like Sally. I was able to find music and sci-fi.

And while Sally did resort to risking destruction to escape (her limbs did rip off her body on more than one occasion, showing girls aren’t that flexible), she eventually found escape and retribution in being the voice of reason for Jack.

Dr. Finklestein eventually created a “wife” character to replace Sally, and the lovable rag doll helped Jack, who I will discuss tomorrow, find happiness in the life he has.

Oh, and Sally’s Song is the greatest song ever. All the more awesome when you hear Amy Lee sing it.

The interesting thing about Sally and Jack is that they suffer from the need to escape and be what they want to be instead of what others made them to be. So what about Jack? Well, wait 24 hours and I’ll tell you.

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