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The Original "Nightmare Before Christmas" Poem

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Twenty years ago, The Nightmare Before Christmas premiered, directed by animator Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton. But years before that film hit theaters, Burton wrote a poem entitled The Nightmare Before Christmas. It laid out the plot of what would become the film, and it was one of several concepts he pitched to Disney as a candidate for an animated film (Burton worked as a Disney animator in the early 1980s). Disney didn't bite, leaving the project on the shelf for more than a decade.

Here's a version of The Nightmare Before Christmas read by Christopher Lee, and computer-animated roughly in the style of the stop-motion film. Enjoy!

If you like that, you'll love Tim Burton's Vincent, a Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price. Stop-motion animation? Check. Vincent Price narration? Check. Excellent poetry? Oh, that's definitely a check.

(Via Open Culture.)

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple
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On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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