Oogie Boogie likes to gamble
when your life is on the line. He terrorizes the others,
putting shivers up their spine. He finally met his match
the day he crossed Skellington Jack, And completely disintegrated
when the bugs left his sack.
Even in Halloweenland, where deadful is common - place,
Oogir Boogie is particularly ghastly. He is a huge burlap sack bulging
with spiders and snakes and creepy crawlies. He has a sinister gravelly
voice, a voracious appetite, and an appreciation for a pretty leg.
He has a special dance and song. Oogie Boogie did
not appear in Tim Burton's original poem, but Burton later sketched a portrait
of a weird potato-sack guy with horrible things inside. Yet Oogie remained a villain without a cause. Finding
the right personality for him was hard, recalls Thompson.
"We really counted on Danny's song to define Oogie's
character." Filled with bugs, Oogie Boogie represents the ultimate Halloween
nightmare. And he was monstrous to the animators, too. The Oogie puppet
is two feet high gigantic for a stop-motion character. Most of the other puppets are only about half Oogie's height. Animator Mike Belzer says, "I had to dig in with my
feet and physically push the Oogie Boogie puppet. He's so huge and there's
so much foam, therefore the armature needs to be very tight; it's literally
wrestling with the puppet."
Because of the different lighting used lit with eerie
ultraviolet hues. One Oogie Boogie puppet is used in normal light; another,
colored bright green, is used in ultraviolet light.
Oogie controls his helperslock, shock, and barrel
having them bring him tasy critters to eat. When the string of his bage
gets caught on some of the equipment in his lair, the bag is pulled off
revealing what is inside this monster.
Artist Kelly Asbury indicates that while the rest
of Halloweenland is "sort of fun scary," Oogie's lair is meant to have
"a really threatening, sinister quality.
A scary guy has to live
in a scary place, and Oodie's lair is a creepy gambling den, lit with eerie
ultraviolet hues. Scattered about are various gambling
machines and gleaming torture
devices, including an Iron Maiden that, true to the gambling theme, looks
like the deadliest Queen of spades on record.