The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Poster


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Edited into 

Nostalgia Critic: It (2010) (TV Episode)
Oogie Boogie in the moon.
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.



Nosferatu (1922)
The Fire Fighters (1930) (Short)
Cranking a cat's tail for a siren
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Minnie the Moocher (1932) (Short)
The Oogie Boogie song is a direct reference to the Cab Calloway song Minnie The Moocher, and the situation in which Sandy Claws is during the song is similar to the Betty Boop movie. Danny Elfman, who wrote all the the songs for Nightmare, is a rabid Calloway fan.
The Old Man of the Mountain (1933) (Short)
The Betty Boop short is referenced in Oogie Boogie's song. Betty's question "What'chu gonna do now?" and the Old Man of the Mountain's response: "I'm gonna do the best I can!" are repeated by Santa and Oogie Boogie in "Nightmare."
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) (TV Movie)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) (TV Short)
The Christmas special was one of the inspirations for the film.
Vincent (1982) (Short)
The black cat, Saturn sandworm and Jack Skellington first apeared in this short.
The Singing Detective (1986) (TV Mini-Series)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Jack Skellington's first extended appearance was on top of Betelgeuse's carousel hat towards the end, after summoned by Lydia.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
It is referenced.
Batman (1989)
The Addams Family (1991)
The corpse kid seen in the film wears a shirt resembling the shirt Pugley wore in The Addams Family
Batman Returns (1992)
Two toys that Jack delivers reference "Batman Returns", the film Tim Burton had directing commitments towards at the time. One is an evil duck on wheels, which is the vehicle that Penguin drives. The other is an evil cat doll, which has the same head as the mascot for Shreck's corporation. The music when Penguin's henchmen are wrecking a shop, is reused as the "Making Christmas" theme.

Referenced in 

Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel contrasts "Hocus Pocus" (1993) with this movie.
Ed Wood (1994)
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) (TV Episode)
Danny Elfman is credited as "Danny Skellingelfman."
Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
A Jack Skellington balloon can be seen when an injured Keung is returning to the market.
Batman Forever (1995)
When the children come trick or treating, allowing Riddler and Two-Face to get into the Wayne Manor gates, they are dressed as characters in "Nightmare.."
Il giorno della prima di Close Up (1996) (Short)
The movie is mentioned in a conversation
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Jack Skellington appears as a pirate captain
Siskel & Ebert: Getting Away with Murder/James and the Giant Peach/Jane Eyre/Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy/Ghost in the Shell (1996) (TV Episode)
Siskel says Henry Selick worked on this film before "James and the Giant Peach"
Just Shoot Me!: Back Issues (1997) (TV Episode)
"Nice body, not that Nightmare Before Christmas look that's going around."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Fish (1998) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Didn't she star in 'The Nightmare before Christmas'?"
MediEvil (1998) (Video Game)
One of the characters is called the Pumpkin King, who dwells in a land of pumpkins and witches.
Halloweentown (1998) (TV Movie)
the name of the town from this Halloween movie is used for this movie, but is much different.
Grim Fandango (1998) (Video Game)
Art of the Petrified Forest, the 'portal' down to it.
The Making of 'The Frighteners' (1998) (Video)
mentioned once
Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (1999) (Video Game)
At one point Gex calls himself "Jack Gexxington from Halloweentown"
All the Rage (1999)
The VHS of this film can be seen in a videostore
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Monkeybone (2001)
Spy Kids (2001)
Ice Age (2002)
Kingdom Hearts (2002) (Video Game)
One of the worlds to visit is Halloween Town.
The New Guy (2002)
on shelf in record store
Haggard (2003)
A character has a Nightmare Before Christmas diary.
South Park: Butt Out (2003) (TV Episode)
"My goo, my precious goo."
Big Fish (2003)
Young Ed Bloom's tie at Auburn University features the spiraling land from Nighmare Before Christmas (which uncurls when Jack walks onto it)
Angel: A Hole in the World (2004) (TV Episode)
Angel: "You wanna bet that's the entrance to the Deeper Well?" Spike: "Either that or Christmas Land."
Terkel i knibe (2004)
Second part of Terkel's nightmare features the opening scene/song from The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Look Into 'The Forbidden Zone' (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004) (Video Game)
Features Oogie Boogie.
Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy: Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle (2004) (TV Episode)
Eddy says "It's like a nightmare before Christmas."
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Movie makes the countdown, is talked about.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Jeremy: "I am going to go home, see Dr. Finklestein, and I am gonna tell him we have a whole new bag of issues now"
The Magic of Music (2005) (Video)
Direcotr Jean Duvall wears a shirt with a Jack Skellington logo
GamerZ (2005)
Marlyn's bag has Jack Skellington's face on it
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Andy has a Jack Skellington baseball cap and mask in his room.
Corpse Bride (2005)
The butterfly that comes out of the bottle that Jack opens, is also the butterfly that Victor draws in Corpse Bride.
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005)
"Oogie Boogie's Song" is played.
Blink 182: Greatest Hits (2005) (Video)
"We can live like Jack and Sally if we want, we'll have Halloween on Christmas" (lyrics)
Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (Video Game)
Features the world and characters.
Death Note: The Last Name (2006)
Two of Misa's cell phone straps are of Jack Skellington, the protagonist of the movie, and Zero, his ghost dog.
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) (Video)
In "That Time of Year", on the first page, Strong Bad redraws the scene to include a striped worm that looks like the snake that eats Christmas trees and presents in this movie. In "Halloween Fairstival", the King of Town's Halloween costume is of the Mayor of Halloweentown
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (2007) (Video Game)
Halloween Town is one of the worlds to visit in Castle Oblivion.
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (2007) (Video Game)
Features a world based on this film
Sicko (2007)
Excerpts from soundtrack ("Christmas Eve Montage" from Danny Elfman's score) are used in the sequence where Moore explores a British hospital
Si j'étais toi (2007)
poster in sams room
South Park: Imaginationland (2007) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington is in Imaginationland.
Imaginationland: The Movie (2008) (Video)
Jack Skellington is in Imaginationland.
100 Million BC (2008) (Video)
One citizen has Jack Skellington clothes on
Igor (2008)
Several visual references, for example King Malbert closely resembles the Mayor of Halloween.
Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (2008) (Video)
A few possible referances to the inhabtents of Halloweentown.
At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David in a review of Igor as a movie with a similar look to its animation.
The Reinactors (2008)
Jack Skeleton character seen on Hollywood Boulevard
Coraline (2009)
When the Other Mother is making Coraline an omelette, Jack Skellington's face can be seen in the yolk.
Best Worst Movie (2009)
An interviewee wears a jacket with a Jack Skellington patch.
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.10 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film when he presents presents the nominees for the poll "Best Video Game Based on a Movie"
Desusumairuzu (2009) (Video Game)
Takes place in Halloweentown
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.15 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film when he looks at the upcoming Coraline (2009)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)
Title on display in video store
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (2009) (Video Game)
Halloween Town is a playable world
Bad Movie Beatdown: Monkeybone (2009) (TV Episode)
mentions Henry Selick's stop-motion work
Cleanflix (2009)
video shown on shelf
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Coraline (2009) (TV Episode)
Hewy says Henry Selick previously directed this movie
Chance Pe Dance (2010)
poster on wall
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Mad Hatter's bowtie has Jack Skellington's head all over it.
Johnny Depp in Burtonland (2010) (Short)
Depp visits the famous hill.
CyberBeat (2010) (Short)
The tune to musical segment 2, "Bring Me to Life: The Birth of Electric Girl", pays homage to "This is Halloween" from Tim Burton / Henry Selick's classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - Harrison Wall's favourite childhood film. Note that both films also started out as poems.
Nostalgia Critic: The Pebble and the Penguin (2010) (TV Episode)
A screen cap of Jack on the hill is featured
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Scary Godmother 1 & 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
AniMat compares the Fright Side in "Scary Godmother" to a watered down version of Halloweentown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.24 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay shows a fake DVD called "The Nightmare Before the Election" starring Barack Obama
Epic Mickey (2010) (Video Game)
The Slobber shares the same characteristic features of Oogie Boogie.
Medianeras (2011)
Mariana keeps figures of Jack Skellington and Sally in her flat
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Top 13 Scariest Animated Monsters (2011) (TV Episode)
Hewy thinks "Coraline" has some of the best stop-motion since this movie
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)
The film is mentioned.
Phelous & the Movies: My Blappy Phalentine (2012) (TV Episode)
Phelous sings "This is Valentine" to the tune of "This is Halloween."
Face Off: Burtonesque (2012) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
JonTron: Birdemic: The Best Worst Movie Ever (2012) (TV Episode)
JonTron calls the lead male "Jack Skellington."
AniMat's Reviews: ParaNorman (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat recommends ParaNorman along with this film to be a great watch during the Halloween season.
Frankenweenie (2012)
A tombstone that's like Zero's doghouse can be seen when Victor goes to the pet cemetery.
Naughty or Nice (2012) (TV Movie)
Debbie refers to Krissy as "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Bum Reviews: Elf (2012) (TV Episode)
"and then Jack Skellington comes in, bringing all his Halloween buddies..."
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
guest wears Jack Skellington jacket
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: RuPaullywood or Bust (2013) (TV Episode)
Contestant Martin Cooper says Jinkx Monsoon's tank photograph looked "Nightmare Before Christmas but not in a good way."
Getting Go, the Go Doc Project (2013)
Lock, Shock and Barrel masks on Go's dresser.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (2013) (Video Game)
Halloween Town appears as a world
Mad: Jacks the Giant Slayers/The Most Beautiful Voice (2013) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington was one of the Jacks that were left.
Dizunî majikku kyassuru: Mai happî raifu (2013) (Video Game)
Jack Skellington is in the game.
Disney Infinity (2013) (Video Game)
Jack Skellington is playable.
Mad: Lukewarm Bodies/Does Someone Have to GOa? (2013) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington appears in the Lukewarm Bodies skit.
House of Lies: Wreckage (2014) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington mentioned
At All Cost (2014) (Video)
In a scene, a quote from the movie appears on screen.
Nostalgia Critic: Alice in Wonderland (2014) (TV Episode)
among Burton movies the Critic likes; "It's Tim" is a parody of "What's This?"
RuPaul's Drag Race: Drag My Wedding (2014) (TV Episode)
Darienne says her drag daughter is "sort of Nightmare Before Christmas".
Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Danny Elfmanem (2014) (TV Episode)
Danny Elfman talks about it.
Honest Game Trailers: Mortal Kombat (2014) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington mentioned
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
Jack Skellington mug
Scarewaves (2014)
Tara has a Nightmare Before Christmas themed mug on her table
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (2014) (Video Game)
Features a world based on this film
AniMat's Classic Reviews: 9 (2014) (TV Episode)
AniMat says 8 looks like Oogie Boogie.
The Big Bang Theory: The Prom Equivalency (2014) (TV Episode)
Emily mentions the movie by name. She also has a tattoo of Sally.
The Christmas Parade (2014) (TV Movie)
Hailee refers to her situation as "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Nostalgia Critic: What You Never Knew About Christmas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
"And her husband is the scientist from"
Honest Game Trailers: Kingdom Hearts (2015) (TV Episode)
Halloween Town appears
MythBusters: The Simpsons Special (2015) (TV Episode)
movie mentioned when introducing Merrick
The Wolfpack (2015)
The boys replay the Halloween scene from this movie
Life Is Strange (2015) (Video Game)
The movie was mentioned on a girls night out flyer.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Samuel L. Jackson/Norman Reedus/Jessie J (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy during the Thank You Notes segment
Saturday Night Live: Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons (2015) (TV Episode)
Picture of Dr. Finkelstein is shown during Weekend Update
I Hate Everything, the Search for the Worst: Baby Geniuses (2015) (TV Episode)
Poster is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Halloween Guilty Pleasures (2015) (TV Episode)
compares it to Corpse Bride
Scream Queens: Black Friday (2015) (TV Episode)
Chanel Oberlin refers to Grace as "Jack Skellington".
iZombie: Cape Town (2015) (TV Episode)
A thug asks the masked Liv who is she supposed to be, when she replies that she's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Red and Blue (2015) (TV Episode)
'Jack Skullington'
Day 5: Night Terrors (2016) (TV Episode)
A guess in a game of 20 Questions
Four in the Morning: Four Christs (2016) (TV Episode)
Mitzi mentions Jack Skellington.
Atop the Fourth Wall: A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid #2 (2016) (TV Episode)
"Freddy was Mr. Oogie Boogie this whole time?"
Moana (2016)
When Tamatoa sings, his entire lair glows as if hit with blacklight, similar to Oogie Boogie's lair.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.57 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Rhyme Time" category
Nostalgia Critic: Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (2016) (TV Episode)
"Jack Skellington, I told you I'm done with this shit."
The Simpsons: The Nightmare After Krustmas (2016) (TV Episode)
Episode name references the movie.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Christmas Commercials (2016) (TV Episode)
among scary Christmas movies
Stalked: Doogie LIED about his mom being missing! (2016) (TV Episode)
Carl has made Christmas tree decorations that resemble the head of Jack Skellington
Hviezdna párty: Episode #1.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.73 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Here Comes Santa Claus" category
The Grand Tour: [censored] to [censored] (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when talking about Tim Burton.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (2017) (Video Game)
Features a world based on this film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Land Time Forgot (2017) (TV Episode)
"What's this? What's this? What's this what's this what's this?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: At the Earth's Core (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "Christmas Town?"
Nostalgia Critic: Cats Don't Dance (2017) (TV Episode)
compares Sawyer's song to Sally's

Featured in 

Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects (1994) (TV Special)
clips shown
Troldspejlet: Episode dated 3 December 1994 (1994) (TV Episode)
To be reviewed in the next episode + clip shown
Troldspejlet: Episode dated 10 December 1994 (1994) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage shown
A Hollywood Christmas (1996) (Video)
clips and brief discussion
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Troldspejlet i USA (1997) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions Jørgen Klubien working on the film + footage shown
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Stop Motion (1999) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Halloween (2001) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann looks at the phenomenon of Halloween + clip shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #30.16 (2003) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) (TV Movie)
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
Clip included; editing analysed.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Return to Oz: The Joy That Got Away (2007)
Footage is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Nostalgic Mindfucks (2009) (TV Episode)
"This is Halloween" is at the #3 spot
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) (TV Episode)
Clip of Oogie-Boogie singing compared to the Gator King's song
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)
behind-the scenes footage and clips shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Up in the Air/Everybody's Fine/Brothers (2009) (TV Episode)
Beware of Santa segment
Nostalgia Critic: Ernest Saves Christmas (2009) (TV Episode)
"You missed, but you can still hit Jack Skellington."
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Cop Out/The Crazies/A Prophet (2010) (TV Episode)
"Tim Burton in 3 Minutes or Less" segment.
Nostalgia Critic: Nostalgic Commercials (2010) (TV Episode)
Snippet of Santa's torture scene is shown
The Hour: Episode #7.41 (2010) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during Tim Burton's bio segment.
Nostalgia Critic: Ferngully 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
clip of "Jack's Lament"
Hollywood's Top Ten: Monster Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Nostalgia Critic: James and the Giant Peach (2011) (TV Episode)
also directed by Henry Selick
Music Movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas (2011) (TV Episode)
movie's soundtrack is reviewed
Visionado obligado: Especial Navidad (2011) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Nostalgia Critic: Jack (2012) (TV Episode)
Halloweentown welcomes back Jack
CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.12 (2012) (TV Episode)
clips shown
One Hit Wonderland: Monster Mash (2012) (TV Episode)
Todd notes the uncanny similarities in the plots of "Monster's Holiday" and this film.
El Reviewer Random: Halloween Special 2012 (2012) (TV Episode)
the song "This is Halloween" is used in this episode
One Hit Wonderland: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2012) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
Animation Lookback: Top 10 OTHER Disney Villains (2013) (TV Episode)
Oogie Boogie is given an honorable mention.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Santa Clauses (2013) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington takes #9
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet julespecial (2013) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann looks at some of the must-see Christmas movies + clip shown
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV Movie)
Number 8 in the Countdown
Honest Trailers: Alice in Wonderland (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - The First Features (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during introduction.
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Tim Burton (2015) (TV Episode)
Film is talked about, clips shown.
Animation Lookback: Top 10 Controversial Cartoons (2015) (TV Episode)
clips shown.
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Creepy Kids Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Ranks at #4
Some Jerk with a Camera: The Haunted Mansion Movie Part 3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Know by Jackula as a Gothic kids film.
Ludicrous Summary: The Nightmare Before Christmas (2016) (TV Episode)
Features some clips from this movie.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Worst Santas (2016) (TV Episode)
Jack Skellington is the #10 pick.


Amarcord (1973)
Evil Dead II (1987)

Spoofed in 

The Critic: Sherman, Woman and Child (1995) (TV Episode)
Jay reviews Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Hanukkah"
Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery (1995) (TV Movie)
The very beginning of the special is a parody of the Nightmare Before Christmas (which was released/produced by Touchstone Pictures, which is a part of the Walt Disney Company, the long-time animation rival to Warner Bros.)
Robot Chicken: Donkey Punch (2006) (TV Episode)
"The Nightmare Before Hannukah"
Nostalgia Critic: Nostalgic Commercials (2010) (TV Episode)
At the end, the Critic laments himself for becoming a loser which becomes a parody of "Poor Jack", where he hopes to set things right
How It Should Have Ended: The Holiday Movie Special (2010) (TV Episode)
Holiday Movie parody
Robot Chicken: Saving Private Gigli (2011) (TV Episode)
The head frat calls Skeletor "Jack Skellington"
The Hillywood Show: Lady Gaga Gagaween (2011) (TV Episode)
Parody of "This is Halloween" song
Mad: Kitchen Nightmares Before Christmas/How I Met Your Mummy (2011) (TV Episode)
Kitchen Nightmares Before Christmas is a spoof of this movie.
A Big Tit Christmas 3 (2012) (Video)
"The Nightmare Before XXXmas" vignette is a parody of "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Nostalgia Critic: The Shining Mini-Series (2013) (TV Episode)
The beginning features a Jack Skellington version of the Critic in a forest of doors
Nostalgia Critic: Why Do We Love Zombies? (2013) (TV Episode)
The opening animation features an NC version of Jack in the woods in front of a door with the TGWTG symbol
Nostalgia Critic: Sharknado (2013) (TV Episode)
The opening intro does a spoof of this movie
Nostalgia Critic: Should We Scare the S#*% Out of Kids? (2013) (TV Episode)
The opening animation spoofs this movie
Nostalgia Critic: Devil (2013) (TV Episode)
opening animation depicts the Critic as Jack Skellington
Robot Chicken: Link's Sausages (2014) (TV Episode)
Parody skit
Hay que Hacer un Musical (2014) (Short)
song spoofed
Family Guy: Peter's Sister (2015) (TV Episode)
"Happy Fourth of July Jack Skellington"
Cosplay Geeks 2 (2016) (Video)
One scene is a parody of this animated movie

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