The original Jack Skellington performs a live version of 'What's This'

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The original Jack Skellington performs a live version of 'What's This'

Composer and performer Danny Elfman brings Jack Skellington to life with this beautiful performance.

Musician and longtime Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman has become famous for his fun, spooky soundtrack work. Originally a member of the New Wave band Oingo Boingo, Elfman wrote and recorded several records and released hit songs like "Weird Science" and "Dead Man's Party." After Tim Burton and Paul Reubens, both fans of Oingo Boingo, asked him to write the soundtrack to Pee Wee's Great Adventure. Elfman built a career as fantastic, quirky, unforgettable creations, but few are as beloved as his music for 1993's "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

Elfman not only wrote the music for the film but he provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town who hijacks Christmas out of boredom with his usual routine. The movie has become a holiday staple and the cast has reunited several times for live performances of the musical. Danny Elfman himself has returned several times to recapture Skellington's magic. In 2016, he performed Jack's signature song "What's This?" at the Hollywood Bowl and brought the house down. Watch the performance below.

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