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The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993] (3 discs)

Director:Henry Selick
Writer:Caroline Thompson
Composer:Danny Elfman
Songs:Danny Elfman
Length:76 minutes
(1 hour 16 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
Sorting Tub:Foxtrot
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Dark Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Stop Motion
  • Action
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Synopsis: Jack Skellinton, the King of Halloween, gets bored with the same-old same-old and decides to branch out into another holiday.

Reaction: Charming and highly imaginative. This one has songs that will stick in your head.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Henry Selick => Director
Caroline Thompson => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer / Songs / Clown with the Tear away Face / Jack Skellington (singing) / Barrel
Tim Burton => Producer Story Characters
Carmen Twillie => Undersea Gal / Creature Under the Bed
Catherine O'Hara => Shock / Sally
Chris Sarandon => Jack Skellington
Debi Durst => Corpse Kid / Small Witch / Corpse Mom
Edward Ivory => Santa
Glenn Shadix => Mayor
Glenn Walters => Wolfman
Greg Proops => Sax Player (as Gregory Proops) / Harlequin Demon / Devil
Judi M. Durand => Additional Voices (as Judy Durand) (voice)
Ken Page => Oogie Boogie
Kerry Katz => Corpse Dad / Vampire / Man Under the Stairs
Paul Reubens => Lock
Randy Crenshaw => Vampire / Behemoth / Mr. Hyde
Sherwood Ball => Vampire / Mummy
Susan McBride => Big Witch / W.W.D.
William Hickey => Dr. Finkelstein

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • For the 2008 Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD release, Christopher Lee narrated an animated version of the original poem written by Tim Burton.
  • It is stated in "The Making of..." book that the most difficult shot to film in the entire movie is the shot in which Jack is reaching for the doorknob to Christmasland. Viewers can see the perfect surround reflection of the forest around Jack in the background.
  • Jack makes an appearance in the movie James and the Giant Peach as a dead pirate in a sunken ship.
  • According to Henry Selick, Vincent Price was originally cast as Santa Claus. However, after the death of Price's wife, his own health began to fail and his voice performance was very frail and weak. The tracks were deemed unusable which led to, much to Selick's regret, the role being recast.
  • Oogie Boogie is inspired by [?] Cab Calloway, who provided character voices and musical numbers for several Fleischer Bros. cartoons; he and Santas Claus quote dialog from the Betty Boop short The Old Man of the Mountain, when Santa asks,(quoting Betty's line) "What are you going to do now?", and Oogie returns Calloway's(as the Old Man) "Goin' do the best I can..."
  • In the scenes with the street band, especially inside the town hall, there is a small man inside the bass that is based on Danny Elfman.
  • The teaser trailer tells us that the film was originally intended to by released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner, playing the movie heavily as the next generation of filmmaking following in the proud tradition of Walt Disney. By the time the theatrical trailer was released, the release label had changed to Touchstone Pictures, an alternate designation of the Walt Disney Studios. [?] Michael Eisner, the then CEO and Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, found the film to be 'too dark for kids' and had it moved to their Touchstone Picture banner. In October 2006, the film was re-released in 3-D under the Walt Disney Pictures banner.
  • Tim Burton has said the original poem was inspired after seeing Halloween merchandise display in a store being taken down and replaced by a Christmas display. The juxtaposition of ghouls and goblins with Santa and his reindeer sparked his imagination.
  • Patrick Stewart did the original introduction for the movie, which can be heard on the film's soundtrack.
  • Jack makes his first lengthy appearance in Beetle Juice on top of Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton)'s carousel hat towards the end when Beetlejuice rises out of the floor, after summoned by Lydia (Winona Ryder). Although this was Jack's longer appearance, he actually first appeared in Tim Burton's Vincent, in minute 4:45, even if it is a very brief appearance.