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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete this movie. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made. See more »

Goofs

When the Mayor greets the musicians outside of Jack's place, the upper right corner of the background becomes lighter as a shadow suddenly disappears. 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

No credits are shown, except the company and the film's name. See more »

Alternate Versions

The special edition DVD also includes some scenes in storyboard form with voiceovers:
  • During "Making X-mas", the Behemoth sings about the presents the creatures are making.
  • A segment of Oogie Boogie's song where bugs dance from his "eyes" and end up sucked in his mouth, this wasn't animated because the dancing bugs would be difficult to animate.
  • The alternate identity of Oogie Boogie where it's not a bunch of bugs but Dr. Finklestein (the mad scientist), he said he became Oogie Boogie because Sally was in love with Jack even though he created her and as Oogie Boogie he'd give her a lesson she's never forget, Finklestein then mentions a creation that will like him and with Igor's help he escapes through a trap door, this segment ends with Jack saying "i can't believe this".
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Santas (2014) See more »

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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Visually superb, although it's style over substance
12 July 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Jack is a skeleton living in a scary faraway dimension where bizarre creatures reside and embark to scare children on Halloween every year. But Jack longs for a different life outside the restraints of horror - he doesn't like who he is. One day he wanders outside the limits of the haunted city and through a snowy forest, finding Santa Claus and his Elves' workshop.

Inspired, Jack decides to kidnap Santa Claus and turn Christmas into Halloween.

The ads for this movie were always very grim. It used to boast, "From producer Tim Burton!" and his influence is very clear - extremely Gothic visuals. And, for a children's tale, some pretty scary stuff! Overall this is style over substance, as are most films associated with Burton. He rarely delivers great stories and instead relies on fairytale clichés (Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, etc.).

There's nothing wrong with this. It works because his films are so nice to look at.

This is a fun movie with good visuals and an interesting twist on a familiar tale. I recommend it, as long as you don't expect something emotionally involving or brilliant story-wise.


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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:

$76,982,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,040,058
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby (35mm)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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