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

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Sally / Shock (voice)
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Evil Scientist (voice)
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Lock (voice)
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Oogie Boogie (voice)
Edward Ivory ...
Santa (voice) (as Ed Ivory)
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Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player (voice) (as Gregory Proops)
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Mr. Hyde / Behemoth / Vampire Corpse Dad (voice)
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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)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£65,668 (UK) (1 December 2006)

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$75,082,668 (USA) (13 November 2009)
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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 »

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After researching many books and stories about Christmas, Jack continues to call Santa Claus "Sandy Claws". He should know what the correct spelling of his name is. See more »

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[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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Soundtracks

Town Meeting Song
(1993) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman, Greg Proops, Glenn Walters, Debi Durst, Carmen Twillie, Susan McBride, Witches, Kerry Katz, Randy Crenshaw, Sherwood Ball, Glenn Shadix and chorus
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One of the best films of 1993, highly re-watchable
14 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a kid when I first saw Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, but I wasn't scared by it in the slightest - this world is one entirely of the imagination, and in a sense saying that the film is scary for younger children is something of a compliment. 'Nightmare' is both a horror film and a musical, and fantasy and a suspense film, and like most Burton effort, comedy is thrown in at just the right moments.

With Henry Selick as director and Michael McDowell & Caroline Thompson as the screenwriters, Burton has fashioned the worlds of Halloween-town and Christmas-town as real originals, working on the cliches that are in each holiday and surrounding the worlds with a host of terrific and terrifying characters. While Halloween-town has a mayor (appropriately with two faces, one smiling one distressed), the real leader is Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon voices with a great Danny Elfman as the singing Jack) who orchestrates Halloween every year for its citizens. But he's grown weary over the years, and after stumbling upon Christmas-town, loaded with good will towards men and a large man in a red suit, he gets his town riled up to overtake the joyous holiday. Despite one protest by Sally (an amazing Catherine O'Hara), the doll-girl who loves him, the town goes on creating Jack's vision. The results are hilarious and, indeed, spellbinding.

Much credit is given to Burton and Selick for their work on the film, but a lot should also be attributed to Denise Di Novi (co-producer and co-designer), Rick Heinrichs (visual consultant), Pete Kozachik (D.P.), and of course Danny Elfman for his perfectly fitting score and song creations. Along with the talented voice actors, Nightmare Before Christmas ends up a triumph of artistic ingenuity. Some could construe it as too weird or too stylish, but for the cult audience it has garnered over the past ten years it remains of of Burton's finest accomplishments. A+


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