Week 5 Task – Weird Genres

We have all been asked as a group to analyse a film that does not fit into any particular type of genre, or at least challenges the notion of genre. For my part, I have chosen to do a small study of Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas. This film was made by Tim Burton, for the purpose of entertainment and escapism. His works have always been known for their gothic tones, but this film also features elements of romance, musical, animation, comedy and horror. The main reason for this is that it is unclear whether this film is orientated at Halloween or Christmas. It is a seasonal movie with no clear event attributed to it.

It is also not clearly aimed at any particular audience. Despite being an animation, it is not clearly aimed at kids (particularly considering the ‘horror’ elements). It is not clearly aimed at grown-ups either, as children and Santa Clause feature a key role in the narrative. Perhaps it could be described as a film for the whole family (to an extent), and because of the general appeal, being one strict genre or a genre hybrid is perhaps not so important. One audience it may target more specifically is those belonging to the ‘Goth’ subculture, but this audience has no strict age range beyond young teenagers.

As this is a film, the methods of distribution are the usual suspects – Cinemas, DVD releases, DVD re-releases, film festivals, the internet, on demand channels – eventually television. It may have even gotten some time in independent cinemas as well, due to it’s odd presentation. It is opened up to a mass audience, which is good, as this way goths and the mass public can access the movie alike. There is specific way to target goths individually, unless it is broadcast at specific festivals or specific websites for that niche audience. The film came back out in cinemas in 3D, and has been re-released annually by Disney and Touchstone under their ‘3D re-issues’. However, there is an entire argument of how 3D does not change a film, or make it any better. Despite all these various methods of viewing, I don’t think it would change the context or emotion of the film, regardless of where you view it.


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