The Nightmare Before Christmas

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The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 Americanstop motion musical fantasy film. It is directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from “Halloween Town” who opens a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences. Danny Elfman wrote the film score and provided the singing voice of Jack, as well as other minor characters. The remaining principal voice cast includes Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens and Glenn Shadix.

The Nightmare Before Christmas originated in a poem written by Tim Burton in 1982, while he was working as a Disney animator. With the success of Vincent in the same year, Disney started to consider developing The Nightmare Before Christmas as either ashort film or 30-minute television special. Over the years, Burton’s thoughts regularly returned to the project, and in 1990, he made a development deal with Disney. Production started in July 1991 in San Francisco. Disney decided to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner because they thought the movie would be “too dark, and scary for kids.”

The Nightmare Before Christmas was met with both critical and financial success. Walt Disney Pictures has reissued the film annually under their Disney Digital 3-D format from 2006 until 2009, making it the first stop-motion animated feature to be entirely converted to 3-D.


Halloween Town is a fantasy world filled with citizens such  as deformed monsters,  ghosts,  ghouls,  goblins , vampires, werewolvesand witches. Jack Skellington (“The Pumpkin King”) leads them in organizing the annual Halloween holiday, but he has grown tired of the same routine year after year. Wandering dejectedly in the forest outside the cemetery, he stumbles across the seven holiday doors and accidentally opens a portal to “Christmas Town”, whose residents are charged with organizing the annual Christmas holiday, under the guidance of Santa Claus. Impressed by the feeling and style of Christmas, Jack presents his findings and his understanding of the festivities to the Halloween Town residents. They fail to grasp his meaning and compare everything he says to their idea of Halloween. He reluctantly decides to play along, and announces that they will take over Christmas.

Cast and characters

Main article: List of The Nightmare Before Christmas characters

Chris Sarandon, the speaking voice of Jack Skellington.

  • Chris Sarandon as Jack Skellington: A skeleton known as the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town. He owns a ghost dog named Zero, who has a small, glowing jack-o’-lantern nose.
  • Danny Elfman, the film’s composer, provides Jack’s singing voice. He also voices Barrel and the “Clown with the Tear-Away Face”.
  • Catherine O’Hara as Sally: A rag doll-like creation of Finklestein and the growing love interest of Jack. O’Hara also provided the voice of Shock. Burton previously worked with O’Hara on Beetlejuice (1988).
  • William Hickey as Doctor Finklestein: A mad scientist and the “father” of Sally.
  • Glenn Shadix as Mayor of Halloween Town: An enthusiastic leader who conducts town meetings. His wild mood swings from happy to distraught causes his head to spin between a “happy” and “sad” face. Burton had also previously worked with Shadix on Beetlejuice.
  • Ken Page as Oogie Boogie: A villainous bogeyman in Halloween Town who has a passion for gambling.
  • Ed Ivory as Santa Claus: The leader of Christmas Town. Santa Claus is responsible for the annual celebration of Christmas, at which time he delivers presents to children around the world.
  • Paul Reubens as Lock. Reubens previously worked with Burton on Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Batman Returns (1992).

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