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Saruman reads Burton
November 29, 2012 2:36 PM   Subscribe

Christopher Lee reads the original poem The Nightmare Before Christmas [11m], Tim Burton's storybook which inspired the Henry Selick's stop-motion film.

Bonus: Same poem, this time read by Patrick Stewart (parts 1 and 2) [~11m30s total]
posted by hippybear (18 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
The animation studio Magnus Rex makes available some of their development process and storyboards for the animation accompanying these videos.
posted by hippybear at 2:38 PM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Christopher Lee sings the original version of Mack the Knife
posted by reynaert at 2:40 PM on November 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Saruman

That's a very strange way of spelling Dracula.
posted by snottydick at 2:45 PM on November 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


That's a very strange way of spelling Mr. Midnight.

Let's face it, Christopher Lee is an actor for all generations.
posted by Mezentian at 2:51 PM on November 29, 2012


Christopher Lee narrating a short film of "The Hunting of the Snark" (work in progress).
posted by Doktor Zed at 2:53 PM on November 29, 2012


That's a very strange way of spelling Count Dooku. Oh wait, I think I did it wrong..
posted by Yowser at 2:53 PM on November 29, 2012


ARGH! Hayden Christensen "acting" warning!
posted by Mezentian at 2:56 PM on November 29, 2012


I had no idea there was an original poem. But wait...Tim Burton's...book? I thought it was his film. I've been completely out of the loop.
posted by DU at 2:59 PM on November 29, 2012


I was watching The Man with the Golden Gun the other day, and too things struck me:
- Chris Lee looks so happy in it all the time. When he's showing Bond around the island he's practically beaming.
- him and Tattoo are totally a couple.
posted by Artw at 3:11 PM on November 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Same poem, this time read by Patrick Stewart

If you have the official soundtrack, you're treated to the original opening and closing, done by MrPatStew, also in poem form.
posted by zombieflanders at 3:16 PM on November 29, 2012


But wait...Tim Burton's...book? I thought it was his film.

Burton was executive producer but Selig directed it. At the time most of us assumed that meant that it was Burton's film and Selig was a guy who knew how to do stop motion whom Burton hired. Coraline coming out the year before Alice in Wonderland has me ascribing a lot more credit to Selig now, though.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:23 PM on November 29, 2012


Vincent
posted by Mblue at 5:00 PM on November 29, 2012


Selick, not Selig.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:20 PM on November 29, 2012


Oops!
posted by shakespeherian at 6:42 PM on November 29, 2012


Chritopher Lee was doing "washed up horror actor" cameos in the '80s... He is undisputable proof that age is no barrier to achievement, nor an inhibitor of talent.

This, just as yet a new wave of youth-obsessed management makes the news in Silicon Valley and now also Mumbai, claiming anyone over 40 is dead wood (an improvement, it was 30 during the dot-com boom, and if you were over 50, you needed to give up tech and go be a Wall-Mart greeter.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:46 PM on November 29, 2012


Christopher Lee, everything we are not.
He's the only person to play both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes (he was also Sir Henry Baskerville). His characters have executed both Charles the First of England and Louis the Sixteenth of France (and, as a badass side note, Lee is so into the idea of public executions that in real life he can recite every official executioner in England since the 15th century). He's portrayed Englishmen, Egyptians, Spaniards, Transylvanians, Frenchmen, Greeks, Poles, Chinese, Indians, Italians, Wallachians, Romans, Germans, Arabs, Gypsies, and Russians, played the lead role in the biography of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, speaks English, German, Russian, Swedish, Italian, and French, can do any English accent he wants, and sings everything from opera and death metal in a hardcore bass voice. IMDB credits him with 274 acting roles, Guiness says he's appeared in more films than anyone ever, and the Oracle of Bacon lists him as the Center of the Hollywood Universe because anyone in history links to him in 2.59 steps (he links to Bacon in 1). If that's not enough, Lee's movies have grossed more than any actor ever – his top five alone grossed $4.4B (number two is Harrison ford with $3B) and that doesn't even include the new Hobbit stuff and whatever the fuck else he's got in the works.

Lee also belongs to three stuntman unions, does all of his own stunts, once busted his face smashing head-first through an actual plate glass window for a scene, injured himself falling into an open grave while portraying Dracula, and once had his hand slashed open during a drunken sword fight with Errol Flynn.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of swordfights, Lee has appeared in more on-screen sword duels than any other actor ever. A masterful fencer, he's been in everything from cutlass fights on the decks of waterlogged pirate ships to rapier duels in seventeenth-century France to taking on a couple guys one-third of his age with a lightsabers.

A classically trained singer, Christopher Lee also released a heavy metal hardcore symphonic power metal concept album about Charlemagne when he was 88 years old. He's played with Rhapsody and Manowar, and on his 90th birthday he released a metal single called "Let Legend Mark Me as the King" with music written by some of the guys from Judas Priest.

No, I am not joking about this.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:45 AM on November 30, 2012 [6 favorites]


Christopher Lee also released a heavy metal hardcore symphonic power metal concept album about Charlemagne when he was 88 years old.

My brain said "Wat?!", but my fingers knew how to google. This exists.
posted by sparklemotion at 9:57 AM on November 30, 2012


This exists.

And, by gum, one of the sidebar items for that was Lee singing Treebeard's Song, which led me to discover that this exists.
posted by hippybear at 5:12 PM on November 30, 2012


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