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The 31 Days of Disney Villainy Continues! I’m counting
down my Top 31 Favorite Villains from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film
The rancid renegade who is our topic for today might BUG you.
Hardy Har Har.
Number 6 is…Oogie Boogie, from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
At the beginning of this countdown, I did say there would be an exception to my
rule that I would only be counting the villains from the (current) 58 “core
canon” films of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Oogie Boogie – the Gambling
Boogieman of Halloween Town – is that exception; frankly, I would have
considered it criminal – especially in the spirit of Halloween – to ignore him
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time; initially, Disney released it under one of their splinter companies, Touchstone Pictures. (In fact, when I was really little, I had a VHS, and it still had the Touchstone logo.) However, when the film became an increasingly major phenomenon, Disney decided to “officially” make it a Disney product, directly, and “adopted” it into their Walt Disney Animation Studios canon. So…yeah…this isn’t TECHNICALLY part of the central run of pictures and villains I’m focusing on, but it…KIND OF counts?
What do you want from me? Again, it’s my favorite movie, and, as the song goes, “This is Halloween!” Seriously, give me one good reason NOT to cheat! XD
ANYWAY: much like Mad Madam Mim and Tamatoa, Oogie isn’t onscreen long, and is a different kind of Disney Villain. You see, while he really is more of a true antagonist than just an obstacle to overcome, he functions differently in the plot than most bad guys do. Much of the plot is driven by its protagonist, Jack Skellington…and honestly, if you took out Oogie from the picture, HE’D be the real villain. Not that Jack is evil, he’s just misguided and a bit naïve, with a hammy streak about a mile wide. It’s his actions that cause everything to go haywire; Oogie doesn’t cause any of the terrible things that happen in the story, he basically just reacts to them and plays off of them.
To be honest…I kind of like that! I like that this character, at least in the movie, is such a purely diabolical creature; other villains very clearly enjoy doing evil things for the sake of doing evil things, but they still have decided goals and ambitions. Oogie, in the movie, doesn’t really; he’s more like a parasite. He literally does things for fun (and because he’s hungry, I suppose; he does, more than once, allude to the fact he’s going to turn his victims into soup and eat them) and basically nothing else. And the absolute joy he has makes him a delight; from his Cab-Calloway-style blacklit musical number (one of the Top 5 Disney Villain songs for me EASILY, by the way) to the way he teases and plays with his prey, he just rolls with the dice (so to speak).
Later on, Oogie would be seen in various spin-offs, and he would be given more direct motivations: in fact, he would have the same basic goal as so many other Disney Villains, that humble desire to – you guessed it – take over the world. But that’s not really what Oogie wants in the movie; he literally just wants to torture, kill, and eat Santa – I repeat, TORTURE, KILL, AND EAT SANTA – because…eh, why not? It sounds like a good ride, he’ll get a good meal out of it, what’s he got to lose?
Also, unlike Mad Madam Mim, in particular, Oogie is built up throughout the film. We first see him as “The Shadow on the Moon at Night,” and later, when Lock, Shock, & Barrel – his diminutive minions – are introduced, his name is dropped and his presence is teased much more directly. Granted, he’s still something of a more peripheral antagonist on the whole, but he’s a lot of fun and I love his uniquely devil-may-care attitude.
Also, Ken Page. Just…just Ken Page. God, I love Ken Page.
Bottom Line: I know it’s cheating, but I also know there was no way in the name of Tim Burton I could leave this insipid bag of incensed insects totally out of the game.
It’s time for us to move into the Top 5! Tomorrow, the countdown continues with my 5th Favorite Disney Villain!
HINT: Heads Will Roll.
Shhh!!! Don’t tell Ethan!!!! I don’t want to share. #funny #husbandandwife #alwaysforever #notsharingwithanyone #brownies #before #sundayfunday
I forgot to share this the other day. That was a fan experience on the set of After We Fell in Bulgaria! Xx
I’ve never stopped saying how Hero and Charlie looked alike but I didn’t new Stephen and this little boy would have the same face as Hero, that’s scary. 😳
From @after.movie_AWF via Instagram. Xx
I have no quotes for tonight but I’m sharing 3 edits to make your evening or day a bit more lovely.
These are from YouTube, @Minnie and @parabatai edits. Xx
New video of Inanna on her second YouTube Channel. Xx
New pic of Hero from The Silencing. Xx
Anna from Damon Baker’s photoshoot! Xx
There was a huge drama with Damon Baker about the way he does his job so if no one is aware of it or didn’t understand the situation. That’s it. Xx
He’s such a charming man. Xx
New pics of Josephine from Damon Baker’s photoshoot. Xx