The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG   |    |  Animation, Family, Fantasy


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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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Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)

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24 December 2004 | jaime_lich77
Wonderful movie!
This movie has always been a favorite of mine. I never like holiday movies, because i always find them to be full to bursting with slapstick comedy, or way too sugary-sweet and dramatic. both of these things are okay in moderation, but most Christmas movies seem to go to one side of the spectrum or the other. this wonderful fairy tale is perfect for someone like me, who likes a little bit of a darker movie, but expects a Christmas movie to have a good message. the darkness in the movie is not without cause-it shows the joy of Christmas in great contrast to the scariness of Halloween, and it made me love both holidays all the more for that reason. i don't know, maybe that's just because Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays, but i really feel that this movie is great for older children and adults. younger children (up to 5 or 6 years) may find this simply frightening, but older children would find it wonderful.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film along with the Live Action/Traditionally Animated Hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) are the only Films under the Touchstone Pictures label that are considered as Official Disney Films.


Quotes

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...


Goofs

During "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws" Shock has black gloves that disappear and re-appear throughout the song.


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

The special edition DVD version has never-before-seen footage of this movie and are the following:

  • Lock, Shock and Barrel (the trick-or-treaters) are bored so they grab some snacks and go inside their cage/elevator to watch oogie boogie torture Santa and Sally. And later, a thought to be dead Jack Skellington enters the lair by jumping on the cage/elevator with the kids inside and he scares them which can explain how he got inside the lair at the nick of time. Pictures of the scene were in the promotional booklets, postcard books, and storybooks.
  • Jack's further experiments with Christmas such as having a illustrating "Sandy Claws" as a human/lobster hybrid.
  • a deleted part of oogie boogie's song that shows his shadow dancing.
  • a scene where the vampires are playing hockey with the head of Tim Burton, this was corrected and Tim's head was replaced with a Jack O' Lantern.


Soundtracks

Sally's Song
(1993) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by
Danny Elfman
Performed by Catherine O'Hara

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Genres

Animation | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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