The Nightmare Before Christmas

Skellington Productions Released 1993


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Henry Selick

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an acclaimed and beloved stop motion animation musical holiday favorite (for both Halloween and Christmas) produced by the king of the delightfully ghoulish, Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Batman Returns, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow and Pee Wee's Big Adventure). Voiced by veteran character actor Chris Sarandon (Fright Night, The Princess Bride, Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Bordello of Blood), Jack Skellington is the mayor of Halloween town who, while his fellow denizens' enthusiasm for the annual festivities peaks, inwardly yearns to experience something different Ð a holiday festivities change of pace. To this end, catching a glimpse of the magical world of Christmas, Skellington decides to politely hijack the holiday and take on Santa Claus's duties himself, taking the rotund Kringle hostage and delivering his own special brand of bestial baubles to a perturbed kid population. Featuring songs composed (and even sung) by renowned maestro Danny Elfman, this modern classic is a delight for all ages.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas restores originality and daring to the Halloween genre. This dazzling mix of fun and fright also explodes the notion that animation is kid s...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The director of the film, a veteran stop-action master named Henry Selick, is the person who has made it all work. And his achievement is enormous.

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The movie has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic. With its crack-brained, spidery-limbed, Edward-Gorey-eyed crew of dashing skeletons, Frankenstein ladies, mad scientists with det...

Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara

Sally / Shock

Greg Proops

Greg Proops

Harlequin Demon / Devil / Sax Player

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens


Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon

Jack Skellington

William Hickey

William Hickey

Dr. Finkelstein

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Arts, Drama, Horror, Music


holiday fun, fish out of water, kids hijinks, musical numbers, rabid fan base