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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally / Shock (voice)
Evil Scientist (voice)
Mayor (voice)
Lock (voice)
Oogie Boogie (voice)
Edward Ivory ...
Santa (voice) (as Ed Ivory)
Susan McBride ...
Big Witch / WWD. (voice)
Debi Durst ...
Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player (voice) (as Gregory Proops)
Kerry Katz ...
Randy Crenshaw ...
Mr. Hyde / Behemoth / Vampire Corpse Dad (voice)
Sherwood Ball ...
Mummy / Vampire (voice)


Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Tim Burton's classic returns in 3-D so real, it's scary. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$175,022 (USA) (27 October 2000)


$75,082,668 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original poem written by Tim Burton, the only characters that existed were Jack, Zero and Santa. All the other characters were made up for the movies, although he describes some of the presents which were given out, including in some cases the names of the children. See more »


Near the end of the movie, when Jack puts a kid on the Mayor's hat, he's doing it from the left, both his arms are on the left of the hat. In the next shot, he's holding the kid with his arms from both sides of the hat. See more »


[first lines]
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 it's time you begun.
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No credits are shown, except the company and the film's name. See more »


Featured in A Century of Cinema (1994) See more »


(1993) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix, Debi Durst, Randy Crenshaw, Paul Reubens, Glenn Walters, and Chorus
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User Reviews

Textbook example proving the old adage, "The grass is always greener in someone else's yard."
15 November 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This film, while far from Burton's masterpiece, is a delightful musical that in the end shows that, sometimes, we have things far better than we think we do and the other side of the fence sometimes looks better just because it's different, but that doesn't make necessarily wise to pursue someone else's dream because we mistakenly think we may like it more. Tim Burton's fingerprints are all over this film. Excellent casting of vocal talent, the score is great and the animation is marvelous. A very good film and worth watching more than once. Recommended.

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