Dr. Finklestein wanted Sally to Stay, But she fed him nightshade and ran away. So his next creation had half his brain. Making her like him removed the strain.
The scientist, Dr.
Finklestein, is a genius who can make anything. He constructed Sally from
some cloth rags and pieces of string. He resembles some kind of
The top of his head is hinged. When thinking, he throws it
open at will and scratches or tickles his brain. He scurries around in
his motorized wheelchair. Although he is the creator of Sally, Dr. Finklestein
is also her jailer. But despite his determination to hold her prisoner, he seems unable to
stop her frequent escapes. But despite his determination to hold her prisoner,
he seems unable to stop her frequent escapes. She repeatedly slips deadly nightshadeinto food, putting him into a deep sleep.
After several of these excursions he made a female version of himelf, putting half of his brain in her skull. "Early on, I
saw a drawing that someone had done," says Caroline Thompson. "It was of
a scientist in a wheelchair with his head off, scrambling his own brains.
I thought it was charming. I wanted Sally to have an obstacle between her
and Jack that was visible as opposed to emotional. So I folded the Evil
Scientist into the subplot." Jack goes to Dr.Finklestein to get equipment to scientificly
investigate Christmas. When he decides to take over Christmas, he goes
to the scientist to have him make the reindeer.
Dr. Finklestein makes them out of some kind of metalic
substance and animates them with electricity just like Dr. Frankenstine
animated his monster. A delightful referencing in the similarity of the
names Dr. Finklestein and Dr. Frankenstein, and also in the referencing
of animating the inanimate using electricity.
The Evil Scientist's lab, both outside
and inside, suggests futuristic explorations and medieval mysteriesco-existing
in a strange harmony.