The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Poster

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  • Weary of the same Halloween routine, Jack Skellington (speaking voice Chris Sarandon; singing voice Danny Elfman), Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, mistakenly wanders into Christmas Town. He likes what he sees so much that he tries to bring Christmas joy, trees, presents, carols, and "Sandy Claws" to Halloween Town ...with nightmarish results.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas originated in a poem written by co-producer Tim Burton in 1982. Burton's poem was eventually adapted into a screenplay by American screenwriters Michael McDowell and Caroline Thompson.

  • Yes. Although the movie is credited as a Touchstone movie, Touchstone is simply a label that Disney uses for their movies that are considered too scary or too adult for little children.

  • Jack returns to Halloween Town to rescue Santa Claus, who is being held captive by the Boogieman (voice of Ken Page) and set Christmas right again. In a decisive battle, Jack defeats Oogie Boogie by pulling a loose thread from his cloak, revealing him to be nothing more than a massive pile of bugs that slither off into nothingness. After scolding Jack for trying to take over someone else's holiday, Santa (voice of Edward Ivory) restores Christmas to its former glory but bestows a little cheer on Halloween Town, too, by giving them their first snowfall. In the final scene, Jack joins Sally (voice of Catherine O'Hara) on the top of the graveyard's big hill, admitting that they were meant to be together.

  • "What's This" - See here or here.

    "Jack's Lament" - See here or here.

  • While everything hyping the film implies that elements "jump out" of the screen (including a newly created "pumpkin in the box" that leaps out before the film starts), the 3D version actually seems to add a large amount of depth rather than elements appearing to come out of the screen. However, this is still very well done as it makes it almost appear that everything is taking place live behind a giant window.

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