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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.

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Elfman ... Jack Skellington - Singing Voice / Barrel / Clown with the Tear Away Face (voice)
Chris Sarandon ... Jack Skellington (voice)
Catherine O'Hara ... Sally / Shock (voice)
William Hickey ... Evil Scientist (voice)
Glenn Shadix ... Mayor (voice)
Paul Reubens ... Lock (voice)
Ken Page ... Oogie Boogie (voice)
Edward Ivory Edward Ivory ... Santa (voice) (as Ed Ivory)
Susan McBride Susan McBride ... Big Witch / WWD. (voice)
Debi Durst Debi Durst ... Corpse Kid / Corpse Mom / Small Witch (voice)
Greg Proops ... Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player (voice) (as Gregory Proops)
Kerry Katz Kerry Katz ... Man Under Stairs / Vampire / Corpse Dad (voice)
Randy Crenshaw ... Mr. Hyde / Behemoth / Vampire Corpse Dad (voice)
Sherwood Ball Sherwood Ball ... Mummy / Vampire (voice)
Carmen Twillie ... 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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A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & stunning animation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Two items were invented to facilitate the filming of the movie: One was a "light alarm" which would warn the animators if any of the stage lights failed to come on. The other was a system that enabled a puppeteer to seamlessly switch to a replacement puppet if a puppet broke during a shot. Prior to this, either situation, a light failing to come on or a puppet breaking would destroy a shot. See more »

Goofs

During Jack's Lament on top of the hill, the light being used as the moon can be seen. 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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Crazy Credits

Dr. Finkelstein is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "Evil Scientist." See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2008 DVD & Blu-ray releases have replaced the Touchstone Pictures logo with the Walt Disney Pictures logo. The opening titles also read "Walt Disney Pictures Presents" instead of "Touchstone Pictures Presents". See more »

Connections

Featured in Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Sally's Song
(1993) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Performed by Catherine O'Hara
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Gets Better with Age
25 September 2017 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

When this film was released in 1993 Disney Distant themselves from this. They removed the "Walt Disney" presents from the credits and released it under their TOUCHSTONE picture label. The reality is they had no idea that they had one of the best films the studio has ever released.

Tim Burton was the executive producer of this film. He came up with the idea. However in 1992 he released "Batman Returns" and that film got major backlash for the dark tone it had/ "The Night Before Christmas" has a dark tone to it but it is very very funny. Most of all it has the best original scores to ever be made for a film.

In this film Halloween Town, is a dream world filled with citizens such as deformed monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves and witches. Jack Skellington ("The Pumpkin King") leads them in a frightful celebration every Halloween, but he has grown tired of the same routine year after year. Wandering in the forest outside the town center, he accidentally opens a portal to "Christmas Town." Impressed by the feeling and style of Christmas, Jack presents his findings and his (somewhat limited) understanding of the festivities to the Halloween Town residents. They fail to grasp his meaning and compare everything he says to their idea of Halloween. He reluctantly decides to play along and announces that they will take over Christmas.

Things go wrong very fast when Jack start delivering his idea of Christmas Toys.

After the film was released on Home Video the film really started to gained a foothold on audiences. Once they saw it "They loved it". Then Disney finally put there name on the film after the film became such an icon of not only "Halloween" but "Christmas" as well.

The film is so well made and it is never boring. The songs in this film are very catchy.

Not exactly a huge hit when it was released in 1993 the film however has gone on to be a best seller on home video every year!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,232, 17 October 1993

Gross USA:

$75,082,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,140,058
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Dolby Digital | Dolby (35mm)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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