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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

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Cast

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Sally / Shock (voice)
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Evil Scientist (voice)
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Mayor (voice)
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Lock (voice)
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Oogie Boogie (voice)
Edward Ivory ...
Santa (voice) (as Ed Ivory)
Susan McBride ...
Big Witch / WWD. (voice)
Debi Durst ...
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Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player (voice) (as Gregory Proops)
Kerry Katz ...
Randy Crenshaw ...
Mr. Hyde / Behemoth / Vampire Corpse Dad (voice)
Sherwood Ball ...
Mummy / Vampire (voice)
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Storyline

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Rated PG for some scary images | See all certifications »

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29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$175,022 (USA) (27 October 2000)

Gross:

$75,082,668 (USA) (13 November 2009)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Burton wrote a three-page poem titled The Nightmare Before Christmas when he was a Disney animator in the early-1980s. Burton took inspiration from television specials of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas. On the 2008 Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD release, Christopher Lee narrates this poem with a new animated visual accompaniment. See more »

Goofs

As Sally ducks behind a well to hide from Dr. Finklestein (during Jack's assigning of tasks), one of the well's capstones tilts down a bit with a smooth motion through at least a few dozen frames of this stop-action film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Santa: 'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you've seen in your dreams. For the story you're about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you've probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven't I'd say it's time you begun.
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No credits are shown, except the company and the film's name. See more »

Connections

Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: RuPaullywood or Bust (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Sally's Song
(1993) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Performed by Catherine O'Hara
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Enthralling film, but more Lock, Shock and Barrel needed!
3 January 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The Nightmare Before Christmas has captivated me with its crazy and sinister animation, its haunting soundtrack and its horrific yet enchanting characters. When it was first released in the U.K., the trailers terrified me and I refused to go and see it. However, I have now aquired deeply sadistic humour and so relish in such brilliant and infectious songs like "Kidnap the Sandy Claws". My friends and family now get exceedingly annoyed by my attempts to recite the musical score on car journeys etc. The sets and props are amazing and painstakingly detailed-just take a look at Santa's list and the Halloween/Christmas plans. I only have one complaint; there should have been more appearances from Lock, Shock and Barrel: a thoroughly malevolent trio.


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