The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Poster

Chris Sarandon: Jack Skellington



  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it!

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  My dearest friend, if you don't mind... I'd like to join you by your side. Where we can gaze into the stars...

    Jack Skellington , Sally : And sit together, now and forever. For it is plain, as anyone can see. We're simply meant to be.

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  There's children throwing snowballs / instead of throwing heads / they're busy building toys / and absolutely no one's dead!

  • Jack Skellington : And one more thing...

    [stops Barrel from leaving] 

    Jack Skellington : leave that no-account Oogie-Boogie out of this!

    Barrel : Whatever you say, Jack.

    Shock : Of course, Jack.

    Lock : Wouldn't dream of it, Jack.

    [a view from behind reveals their fingers are crossed] 

  • Jack Skellington : Forgive me, Mr. Claus. I'm afraid I've made a terrible mess of your holiday.

    Santa : Bumpy *sleigh*-ride... Jack. Next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to *her*.

    [points to Sally] 

    Santa : She's the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!

    [walks away, muttering] 

    Santa : Skeletons, boogie men...

    Jack Skellington : I hope there's still time.

    Santa : To fix Christmas? Of course there is! I'm Santa Claus!

    [flies out chimney] 

  • Lock , Barrel , Shock : Jack! Jack! We caught him, we caught him.

    Jack Skellington : Perfect! Open it up. Quickly!

    [opens it up to reveal the Easter bunny] 

    Jack Skellington : That's not Sandy Claws!

    Lock , Barrel , Shock : It isn't?

    Lock : Who is it?

    [the Easter bunny hops up a set of steps and up to the Behemouth, sniffing him - he points at it] 

    Behemoth : Bunny!

    [it leaps back into the covered tub, terrified] 

    Jack Skellington : Not Sandy Claws... Take him back!

    Lock : We followed your instructions...

    Barrel : We went through the door...

    Jack Skellington : Which door? There's more than one! Sandy Claws is behind the door shaped like this.

    [shows them a Christmas cookie in shape of tree] 

    Shock : I told you!

    [Lock and Shock fight, Jack buries his face in his hand and after a moment stretches out his jaw and screams] 

    Jack Skellington : [to the Easter bunny]  I'm very sorry for the inconvenience, sir.

    [turns to Lock, Shock and Barrel] 

    Jack Skellington : Take him home first. And apologize again. Be careful with Sandy Claws when you fetch him. Treat him nicely.

    Barrel : Got it.

    Shock : We'll get it right...

    Lock , Barrel , Shock : Next time!

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  I'm a master of fright, / and a deeeemon of light, / and I'll scare you right out of your pants. / To a guy in Kentucky / I'm Mister Unlucky / And I'm know thoughout England and France, / And since I am dead, / I can take off my head /

    [does it] 

    Jack Skellington : to recite Shakespearean quotations. / No animal or man /

    [puts it back on] 

    Jack Skellington : Can SCREAM like I can / With the fury of my ree-cii-ta-tions.

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  What's this? What's this? There's color everywhere! What's this? There's white things in the air! What's this? I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming; wake up, Jack, this isn't fair! What's this?

  • Kid : Santa?

    Jack Skellington : Merry Christmas! And what is your name?

    Kid : Uh... uh...

    Jack Skellington : That's all right. I have a present for you, anyway. There ya go, sonny! Ho ho ho! HEEHEEHEE!

    [slips out the chimney] 

    Mother : And what did Santa bring you, honey?

    [kid shows parents his present - a shrunken head; parents scream] 

    Jack Skellington : [flying away]  Merry Christmas!

  • Mayor : How horrible our Christmas will be!

    Jack Skellington : *No.*

    [the Mayor switches to his upset face] 

    Jack Skellington : How *jolly*!

    Mayor : Oh. How *jolly* our Christmas will be.

  • Jack Skellington : [sung]  Well, what the heck, I really did my best/And by God I really tasted something swell, that's right/And for a moment, why, I even touched the sky/And at least I left some stories they can tell, I did/And for the first time since I don't remember when/I felt like my old bony self again/And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King...

    Jack Skellington : [spoken]  That's right. I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!

    Jack Skellington : [sung]  And I just can't wait until next Halloween/'Cause I've got some new ideas that will really make them scream/And by God, I'm really gonna give it all my might!/


    Jack Skellington : Uh-oh, I hope there's still time to set things right. Sandy Claws...

  • Jack Skellington : The job I have for you is top secret. It requires skill, craft, cunning, mis...

    Shock : And we thought you didn't *like* us, Jack.

  • Jack Skellington : [after surviving the fall from the army, sings sadly]  What have I done? What have I done? How could I be so blind? All is lost. Where was I? Spoiled all! Spoiled all! Everything's gone all wrong. What have I done? What have I done? Find a deep cave to hide in. In a million years, they'll find me. Only dust, and a plaque that reads: 'Here Lies Poor Old Jack'.

  • Sally : I had the most terrible vision.

    Jack Skellington : That's splendid!

    Sally : No - it was about your Christmas. There was smoke... and fire!

    Jack Skellington : That's not *my* Christmas! *My* Christmas is filled with laughter, and joy... and this: my Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it.

    Sally : Jack, please listen to me. It's going to be a disaster!

    Jack Skellington : How could it be? Just follow the pattern!

    [holds up design of outfit] 

    Jack Skellington : This part's red, the trim is white...

    Sally : It's a mistake, Jack!

    Jack Skellington : Now don't be modest. Who else is clever enough to make my Sandy Claws outfit?

    Mayor : Next!

    Jack Skellington : I have every confidence in you.

    Sally : But it seems wrong to me. Very wrong.

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky!

    [in a deeper tone] 

    Jack Skellington : And they call him, Sandy... Clawssss...!

  • Sally : [examining Jack in his newly-finished Santa suit]  You don't look like yourself, Jack. Not at all.

    Jack Skellington : Isn't that wonderful? It couldn't be more wonderful!

    Sally : [holds up the clipboard sketch of him]  But you're the Pumpkin King!

    Jack Skellington : Not anymore!

    [breaks it over his knee] 

    Jack Skellington : I feel so much better now!

    Sally : [pulling a loose thread from his cuff]  Jack, I know you think something's missing, but...

    [accidentally catches his finger] 

    Jack Skellington : [lightly]  Ow.

    Sally : Sorry.

    Jack Skellington : You're right. Something is missing. But what? I've got the beard, the coat, the boots, the belt.

    Lock , Shock , Barrel : [come in]  Jack, Jack! This time we bagged him!

    Lock : This time we really did.

    Barrel : He sure is big, Jack!

    Shock : And heavy!

    Santa : [bursting out the bag]  Let me out!

    [the Halloween citizens gasp in awe] 

    Jack Skellington : Sandy Claws... in person. What a pleasure to meet you.

    [prepares to shake but then looks down when their HANDS touch] 

    Jack Skellington : Wh - ! Why, you have hands! You don't have claws at all!

    Santa : [dazed]  Where am I?

    Jack Skellington : Surprised, aren't you. I knew you would be. You don't need to have another worry about Christmas this year. Consider this a vacation, Sandy. A reward. It's your turn to take it easy.

    Santa : B-But there must be some mistake!

    Jack Skellington : See that he's comfortable... Just a second, fellas! Of course! That's what I'm missing!

    [takes Santa's hat] 

    Santa : B-But...

    Jack Skellington : Thanks.

    Santa : Hang on - you just can't -

    [has the bag thrown over him again] 

    Santa : Hold on! Where are we going now?

    [the henchmen leave with him] 

    Santa : Ho, ho, ho! No...


    Santa : Ho, ho, ho. Ho...

    Sally : This is worse than I thought. Much worse. I know!

    [leaves to get fog juice] 

  • Jack Skellington : Mmmmm... an interesting reaction! But what does it mean?

  • Jack Skellington : No, Zero. Down, boy... My, what a brilliant nose you have. The better to light my way! You're the head of the team, Zero!

  • Jack Skellington : We pick up an oversized sock, and hang it like this on the wall...

    Mr. Hyde : Oh, yes! Does it still have a foot?

    Smaller Mr. Hyde : Let me see, let me look.

    Smallest Mr. Hyde : Is it rotted and covered with gook?

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  You know, I think this Christmas thing is not as tricky as it seems! But why should they have all the fun? It should belong to anyone! Not anyone, in fact, but me! Why, I could make a Christmas tree! And there's not a reason I can find, I couldn't have a Christmastime! I bet I could improve it, too! And that's exactly what I'll do!

  • Jack Skellington : [unwrapping Oogie Boogie]  How dare you treat my friend so shamefully!

  • Jack Skellington : [singing]  Of course, I've been too close to see! The answer's right in front of me!

  • Jack Skellington : Sally, I need your help more than anyone's.

    Sally : You certainly do, Jack: I had the most terrible vision.

    Jack Skellington : That's splendid!

    Sally : No, it was about your Christmas, there was smoke and fire!

    Jack Skellington : [chuckles]  That's not my Christmas, my Christmas is filled with laughter and joy, and this!

    Jack Skellington : [Jack shows Sally a sketching of himself in a replica of Santa's suit]  My Sandy Claws outfit; I want you to make it!

    Sally : Jack, please listen to me, it's going to be a disaster!

    Jack Skellington : How could it be? Just follow the pattern. This part's red, the trim is white.

    Sally : It's a mistake, Jack.

    Jack Skellington : Now don't be modest. Who else is clever enough to make my Sandy Claws outfit?

  • Jack Skellington : [upon discovering Christmas Town]  Christmas Town? Hmmmm...

  • Jack Skellington : Eureka! This year, Christmas will be - OURS!

  • Jack Skellington : Sally! I need your help most of all.

    Sally : You certainly do, Jack. I've had the most horrible vision!

    Jack Skellington : That's splendid!

  • Santa : Happy Halloween!

    Jack Skellington : Merry Christmas!

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