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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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A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & stunning animation. See more »


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,232, 17 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,082,668
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the original poem written by Tim Burton, the only characters that existed were Jack, Zero and Santa. All the other characters were made up for the movies, although he describes some of the presents which were given out, including in some cases the names of the children. See more »

Goofs

During Jack's Lament on top of the hill, the light being used as the moon can be seen. 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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Referenced in Best Worst Movie (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Halloween
(1993) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Performed by Glenn Shadix, Debi Durst, Kerry Katz, Randy Crenshaw, Sherwood Ball, Susan McBride, Carmen Twillie, Glenn Walters, Greg Proops, Danny Elfman, and Citizens of Halloween
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One of the best films of 1993, highly re-watchable
14 December 2003 | by 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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