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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Skellington - Singing Voice / Barrel / Clown with the Tear Away Face (voice)
... Jack Skellington (voice)
... Sally / Shock (voice)
... Evil Scientist (voice)
... Mayor (voice)
... Lock (voice)
... Oogie Boogie (voice)
Edward Ivory ... Santa (voice) (as Ed Ivory)
Susan McBride ... Big Witch / WWD. (voice)
Debi Durst ... Corpse Kid / Corpse Mom / Small Witch (voice)
... Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player (voice) (as Gregory Proops)
Kerry Katz ... Man Under Stairs / Vampire / Corpse Dad (voice)
... Mr. Hyde / Behemoth / Vampire Corpse Dad (voice)
Sherwood Ball ... Mummy / Vampire (voice)
... Undersea Gal / Man Under the Stairs (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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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,232, 17 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,082,668
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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 2001, Walt Disney Pictures began to consider producing a sequel, but rather than using stop motion, Disney wanted to use computer animation. Tim Burton convinced Disney to drop the idea. "I was always very protective of [Nightmare] not to do sequels or things of that kind," Burton explained. "You know, 'Jack visits Thanksgiving world' or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it," Burton said. See more »

Goofs

Jack emphasizes to Lock, Shock and Barrel that their mission to kidnap Santa is top secret, and no one can know. However, when they first return (mistakenly with the Easter Bunny), Behemoth is present but Jack isn't concerned about him. 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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No credits are shown, except the company and the film's name. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Nightmare After Krustmas (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Variation played in the score
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A true must see for all Halloween fans
12 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I am not a big Tim Burton fan, but this movie is in my top 3 of all time. Perhaps the fact that Halloween is my favorite holiday influenced my opinion, but I doubt it. The more I hear and read about this movie, the more I love it.

Based on a parody of the famous "Night before Christmas" poem by Moore that Burton wrote and illustrated while employed at Disney, this idea was stagnant for many years prior to filming. In many ways this was a good thing, technology was able to catch up to Burton's ideas.

In NBC, we see our hero Jack Skellington, aka The Pumpkin King, depressed as another Halloween passes. In the background we hear the residents of Halloween Town celebrate another wonderful holiday. But Jack is sad. The only one who notices is the Rag Doll-style woman Sally.

Other characters, including many town-monsters, are introduced. We meet the wonderful mayor with two faces, the evil scientist and his assistant, three local children and our evil boogie-man.

After an accident, Jack develops a plan to kidnap "Sandy Claws" and give presents out for Christmas in place of Christmas Town. You will have to view this movie to discover the rest.

The claymation is not what I expected, it was of a high quality and the movements are not jerky like the old Christmas Specials. Danny Elfman's music has little resemblance to his work with Ongo Bongo and "What's this?" (which Jack sings when he discovers the colorful world of Christmas Town) is closer to a tune mixed from Cabaret and The Music Man. The voices match the mouth movements nearly perfectly. This was a project from the heart and all the little touches to make it 'just' right show this fact.


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