The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
8.0/ 10 (144683 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for some scary images

Production Company
Skellington Productions Inc. [us] - (copyright holder)
Tim Burton Productions [us] - (uncredited)
Touchstone Pictures [us] - (presents)
Walt Disney Pictures [us] - (3D version)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 9 October 1993
(USA) - 13 October 1993
(USA) - 29 October 1993
(Japan) - 15 October 1994
(Argentina) - 27 October 1994

Running Time

Tim Burton's classic returns in 3-D so real, it's scary. We're changing the face of 3-D A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & stunning animation.

1990s, black-comedy, cartoon-dog, christmas, christmas-in-danger, christmas-tree, corpse, cult-film, cult-film, disney-animated-feature, dog, doll, easter-bunny, elf, evil-toy, falling-from-height, fire, garland, ghost, ghost-dog, glowing-eye, gothic, graveyard, guillotine, halloween,

Technical Support
LAB:Monaco Film Laboratories, San Francisco (CA), USA
LAB:Technicolor, USA - (prints)
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman EXR 100T 5248)
PCS:Disney Digital 3-D - (re-release version)
PFM:35 mm
PFM:D-Cinema - (re-release prints)
RAT:1.66 : 1
RAT:1.85 : 1 - (theatrical ratio)

Related Pictures

Pictures of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Movie not found

Full Cast

  1. Ball, Sherwood as (voice) [Mummy/Vampire] <14>
  2. Callender, L. Peter as (voice) [Additional Voices] <18>
  3. Crenshaw, Randy as (voice) [Mr. Hyde/Behemoth/Vampire] <13>
  4. Elfman, Danny as (voice) [Jack Skellington - Singing Voice/Barrel/Clown with the Tear Away Face] <1>
  5. Hickey, William (I) as (voice) [Dr. Finklestein] <4>
  6. Ivory, Edward as (voice) (as Ed Ivory) [Santa] <8>
  7. Katz, Kerry as (voice) [Man Under Stairs/Vampire/Corpse Dad] <12>
  8. Krall, Daamen J. as (voice) (as Daamen Krall) [Additional Voices] <29>
  9. McCharen, David as (voice) [Additional Voices] <31>
  10. McClurg, Jesse as (voice) [Additional Voices] <21>
  11. Morris, John (III) as (voice) [Additional Voices] <22>
  12. Olague, Robert as (voice) [Additional Voices] <23>
  13. Page, Ken (I) as (voice) [Oogie Boogie] <7>
  14. Proops, Greg as (voice) (as Gregory Proops) [Harlequin Demon/Devil/Sax Player] <11>
  15. Raff, Gary as (voice) [Additional Voices] <32>
  16. Randolph, David (I) as (voice) (as David J. Randolph) [Additional Voice] <33>
  17. Reubens, Paul as (voice) [Lock] <6>
  18. Sarandon, Chris (I) as (voice) [Jack Skellington] <2>
  19. Schwartz, Gary (I) as (voice) [Additional Voices] <34>
  20. Shadix, Glenn as (voice) [Mayor] <5>
  21. Walters, Glenn as (voice) [Wolfman] <16>
  22. Warman, Trampas as (voice) [Additional Voices] <26>
  23. Brown, Mia as (voice) [Additional Voices] <17>
  24. Durand, Judi M. as (voice) (as Judy Durand) [Additional Voices] <27>
  25. Durst, Debi as (voice) [Corpse Kid/Corpse Mom/Small Witch] <10>
  26. Fraser, Ann as (voice) [Additional Voices] <19>
  27. Hess, Doris as (voice) [Additional Voices] <28>
  28. Levey, Jennifer as (voice) [Additional Voices] <20>
  29. MacGregor, Christina as (voice) [Additional Voices] <30>
  30. McBride, Susan (I) as (voice) [Big Witch/WWD.] <9>
  31. O Hara, Catherine as (voice) [Sally/Shock] <3>
  32. Page, Bobbi as (voice) [Additional Voices] <24>
  33. Praskin, Elena as (voice) [Additional Voices] <25>
  34. Twillie, Carmen as (voice) [Undersea Gal/Man Under the Stairs] <15>


  1. Animation
  2. Family
  3. Fantasy
  4. Musical

Full Plot

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. Jon Reeves Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King, ruler of Halloweentown, happens upon Christmastown, and decides to change Christmas into another Halloween. He kidnaps Santa Claus, then takes it upon himself to deliver some alternative gifts to unsuspecting children. Colin Tinto It is the same routine every year in Halloweentown, on Halloween the monsters come out and perform a real scare. This particular Halloween, the pumpkin king Jack Skellington, bored of the idea, saunters off into the woods with his dog Zero after Halloween night. Upon the break of dawn, he discovers a clearing of trees with different doors representing various holidays. The Christmas Tree door attracts his attention and upon entrance into the world of Christmas, Jack is fascinated with this new idea of Christmas that he must absolutely share with the citizens of Halloweentown. commanderblue Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is tired of the same old thing every year. He wanders into the woods and finds some holiday trees and each has a town in it. He goes to the Christmas one and finds himself in Christmas Town. He likes the idea, tells the town to the citizens and they decide to make their own Christmas with their own twist. diamonds_and_pearls Jack Skellington is the King of Halloween, but is about to discover something news. Jack becomes bored and tired with the same routine every year, and takes a walk into the woods, in which he discovered a door leading to Christmas time. Christmas time is amazing to Jack, but he doesn't fully understand the concept. Now, he want to bring Christmas to everyone, and is planning to take over the job from Santa. Problem is, the real world isn't used to Jack's lifestyle, and it's not going to go to plan for Jack at all. Film_Fan Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 279,053 (France) (3 January 1995) BT: USD 18,000,000 CP: © MCMXCIII Touchstone Pictures (on print) GR: USD 143,289 (USA) (25 October 2009) GR: USD 1,109,053 (USA) (23 November 2008) GR: USD 1,096,037 (USA) (16 November 2008) GR: USD 1,027,711 (USA) (9 November 2008) GR: USD 867,364 (USA) (2 November 2008) GR: USD 398,411 (USA) (26 October 2008) GR: USD 14,486,423 (USA) (9 December 2007) GR: USD 14,485,134 (USA) (2 December 2007) GR: USD 14,482,538 (USA) (24 November 2007) GR: USD 14,468,466 (USA) (18 November 2007) GR: USD 12,825,937 (USA) (4 November 2007) GR: USD 5,330,101 (USA) (21 October 2007) GR: USD 8,691,059 (USA) (31 December 2006) GR: USD 8,664,092 (USA) (24 December 2006) GR: USD 8,616,662 (USA) (17 December 2006) GR: USD 8,579,257 (USA) (10 December 2006) GR: USD 8,538,588 (USA) (3 December 2006) GR: USD 8,481,774 (USA) (24 November 2006) GR: USD 8,343,762 (USA) (19 November 2006) GR: USD 8,097,449 (USA) (12 November 2006) GR: USD 7,415,808 (USA) (5 November 2006) GR: USD 5,988,305 (USA) (29 October 2006) GR: USD 3,277,004 (USA) (22 October 2006) GR: USD 50,379,629 (USA) (1 January 2001) GR: USD 50,378,391 (USA) (25 December 2000) GR: USD 50,374,301 (USA) (17 December 2000) GR: USD 50,367,585 (USA) (10 December 2000) GR: USD 50,356,997 (USA) (3 December 2000) GR: USD 50,354,835 (USA) (26 November 2000) GR: USD 50,353,906 (USA) (19 November 2000) GR: USD 50,351,876 (USA) (12 November 2000) GR: USD 50,336,995 (USA) (5 November 2000) GR: USD 50,178,065 (USA) (29 October 2000) GR: USD 49,871,207 (USA) (13 February 1994) GR: USD 49,831,776 (USA) (6 February 1994) GR: USD 49,770,205 (USA) (30 January 1994) GR: USD 49,706,748 (USA) (23 January 1994) GR: USD 49,634,741 (USA) (17 January 1994) GR: USD 49,489,272 (USA) (9 January 1994) GR: USD 49,192,682 (USA) (2 January 1994) GR: USD 48,116,450 (USA) (25 December 1993) GR: USD 47,301,056 (USA) (19 December 1993) GR: USD 46,693,149 (USA) (12 December 1993) GR: USD 45,652,234 (USA) (5 December 1993) GR: USD 43,682,814 (USA) (28 November 1993) GR: USD 38,887,265 (USA) (21 November 1993) GR: USD 34,527,948 (USA) (14 November 1993) GR: USD 26,705,704 (USA) (7 November 1993) GR: USD 16,496,778 (USA) (31 October 1993) GR: USD 6,563,755 (USA) (24 October 1993) GR: USD 210,648 (USA) (17 October 1993) GR: USD 50,003,043 (USA) GR: GBP 196,727 (UK) (16 December 2007) GR: GBP 115,214 (UK) (3 December 2006) GR: GBP 18,374 (UK) (19 November 2006) GR: GBP 3,174,257 (UK) (16 February 1995) GR: GBP 3,171,587 (UK) (9 February 1995) GR: GBP 3,166,459 (UK) (2 February 1995) GR: GBP 3,159,521 (UK) (26 January 1995) GR: GBP 3,138,945 (UK) (19 January 1995) GR: GBP 3,093,626 (UK) (12 January 1995) GR: GBP 2,922,947 (UK) (5 January 1995) GR: GBP 2,594,339 (UK) (29 December 1994) GR: GBP 2,141,570 (UK) (22 December 1994) GR: GBP 1,420,297 (UK) (15 December 1994) GR: GBP 1,233,082 (UK) (11 December 1994) GR: GBP 796,100 (UK) (8 December 1994) GR: GBP 80,898 (UK) (1 December 1994) GR: USD 4,917,118 (UK) GR: AUD 534,214 (Australia) (26 November 2006) GR: AUD 478,580 (Australia) (19 November 2006) GR: AUD 397,770 (Australia) (12 November 2006) GR: AUD 232,844 (Australia) (5 November 2006) GR: ATS 502,829 (Austria) (15 December 1994) GR: USD 45,435 (Austria) (15 December 1994) GR: DEM 2,421,931 (Germany) (25 January 1995) GR: DEM 2,393,425 (Germany) (18 January 1995) GR: DEM 2,344,288 (Germany) (11 January 1995) GR: DEM 2,210,924 (Germany) (4 January 1995) GR: DEM 1,930,275 (Germany) (28 December 1994) GR: DEM 1,391,437 (Germany) (21 December 1994) GR: DEM 687,908 (Germany) (14 December 1994) GR: USD 1,545,185 (Germany) OW: USD 143,289 (USA) (25 October 2009) (105 screens) OW: USD 398,411 (USA) (26 October 2008) (284 screens) OW: USD 5,330,101 (USA) (21 October 2007) (564 screens) OW: USD 191,232 (USA) (17 October 1993) (2 screens) OW: GBP 80,898 (UK) (1 December 1994) (7 screens) OW: AUD 135,453 (Australia) (5 November 2006) (15 screens) OW: ATS 502,829 (Austria) (15 December 1994) (11 screens) OW: DEM 687,908 (Germany) (14 December 1994) (93 screens) RT: USD 22,639,000 (USA) SD: 1 August 1991 - June 1993 WG: USD 143,289 (USA) (25 October 2009) (105 screens) WG: USD 967 (USA) (23 November 2008) (2 screens) WG: USD 38,496 (USA) (16 November 2008) (37 screens) WG: USD 65,334 (USA) (9 November 2008) (62 screens) WG: USD 294,622 (USA) (2 November 2008) (209 screens) WG: USD 398,411 (USA) (26 October 2008) (284 screens) WG: USD 928 (USA) (9 December 2007) (1 screen) WG: USD 1,870 (USA) (2 December 2007) (3 screens) WG: USD 4,002 (USA) (24 November 2007) (4 screens) WG: USD 55,506 (USA) (18 November 2007) (18 screens) WG: USD 1,525,403 (USA) (4 November 2007) (562 screens) WG: USD 5,330,101 (USA) (21 October 2007) (564 screens) WG: USD 15,731 (USA) (31 December 2006) (3 screens) WG: USD 24,502 (USA) (24 December 2006) WG: USD 25,606 (USA) (17 December 2006) (6 screens) WG: USD 27,676 (USA) (10 December 2006) WG: USD 40,554 (USA) (3 December 2006) (16 screens) WG: USD 70,686 (USA) (24 November 2006) (22 screens) WG: USD 140,675 (USA) (19 November 2006) (82 screens) WG: USD 464,719 (USA) (12 November 2006) (162 screens) WG: USD 776,576 (USA) (5 November 2006) (168 screens) WG: USD 1,916,645 (USA) (29 October 2006) (168 screens) WG: USD 3,277,004 (USA) (22 October 2006) (168 screens) WG: USD 563 (USA) (1 January 2001) (4 screens) WG: USD 2,015 (USA) (25 December 2000) (7 screens) WG: USD 2,980 (USA) (17 December 2000) (17 screens) WG: USD 10,297 (USA) (10 December 2000) (28 screens) WG: USD 1,436 (USA) (3 December 2000) (6 screens) WG: USD 695 (USA) (26 November 2000) (4 screens) WG: USD 798 (USA) (19 November 2000) (4 screens) WG: USD 2,089 (USA) (12 November 2000) (6 screens) WG: USD 67,917 (USA) (5 November 2000) (46 screens) WG: USD 175,022 (USA) (29 October 2000) (72 screens) WG: USD 119,416 (USA) (21 February 1994) (184 screens) WG: USD 29,151 (USA) (13 February 1994) (69 screens) WG: USD 49,361 (USA) (6 February 1994) (80 screens) WG: USD 45,479 (USA) (30 January 1994) (89 screens) WG: USD 59,874 (USA) (23 January 1994) (101 screens) WG: USD 70,269 (USA) (17 January 1994) (163 screens) WG: USD 188,974 (USA) (9 January 1994) (400 screens) WG: USD 436,221 (USA) (2 January 1994) (663 screens) WG: USD 468,520 (USA) (25 December 1993) (689 screens) WG: USD 387,653 (USA) (19 December 1993) (701 screens) WG: USD 693,319 (USA) (12 December 1993) WG: USD 1,490,082 (USA) (5 December 1993) (1 screen) WG: USD 3,328,681 (USA) (28 November 1993) WG: USD 3,282,205 (USA) (21 November 1993) WG: USD 5,470,410 (USA) (14 November 1993) WG: USD 7,684,284 (USA) (7 November 1993) WG: USD 8,212,477 (USA) (31 October 1993) WG: USD 6,235,220 (USA) (24 October 1993) (563 screens) WG: USD 191,232 (USA) (17 October 1993) (2 screens) WG: GBP 39,615 (UK) (16 December 2007) (39 screens) WG: GBP 65,668 (UK) (3 December 2006) (5 screens) WG: GBP 18,374 (UK) (19 November 2006) (1 screen) WG: GBP 2,670 (UK) (16 February 1995) (17 screens) WG: GBP 5,128 (UK) (9 February 1995) (26 screens) WG: GBP 6,938 (UK) (2 February 1995) (42 screens) WG: GBP 20,576 (UK) (26 January 1995) (82 screens) WG: GBP 45,319 (UK) (19 January 1995) (142 screens) WG: GBP 170,679 (UK) (12 January 1995) (160 screens) WG: GBP 328,608 (UK) (5 January 1995) (170 screens) WG: GBP 452,769 (UK) (29 December 1994) (165 screens) WG: GBP 721,273 (UK) (22 December 1994) (169 screens) WG: GBP 624,197 (UK) (15 December 1994) (151 screens) WG: GBP 715,202 (UK) (8 December 1994) (150 screens) WG: GBP 80,898 (UK) (1 December 1994) (7 screens) WG: AUD 38,908 (Australia) (26 November 2006) (15 screens) WG: AUD 52,085 (Australia) (19 November 2006) (15 screens) WG: AUD 102,277 (Australia) (12 November 2006) (15 screens) WG: AUD 135,453 (Australia) (5 November 2006) (15 screens) WG: ATS 502,829 (Austria) (15 December 1994) (11 screens) WG: DEM 28,506 (Germany) (25 January 1995) (33 screens) WG: DEM 49,137 (Germany) (18 January 1995) (54 screens) WG: DEM 133,364 (Germany) (11 January 1995) (88 screens) WG: DEM 280,649 (Germany) (4 January 1995) (103 screens) WG: DEM 538,838 (Germany) (28 December 1994) (103 screens) WG: DEM 703,529 (Germany) (21 December 1994) (98 screens) WG: DEM 687,908 (Germany) (14 December 1994) (93 screens)

Movie Certificate

M/6 (Portugal)
Livre (Brazil)
AL (Netherlands)
L (Iceland)
7 (Spain)
PG (Ireland)
All (South Korea)(re-rating) (2006)
IIA (Hong Kong)
12 (South Korea)(original rating)
10M (South Africa)
G (New Zealand)
PT (Peru)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
Atp (Argentina)
G (Australia)
TE (Chile)
K-10/7 (Finland)
6 (Germany)
LH (Iceland)(video rating)
L (Iceland)(original rating)
PG (Singapore)
11 (Sweden)
PG (USA)(PCA #32683)

Music Composers

  1. Elfman, Danny


  1. Kozachik, Pete (director of photography)


Abril VĂ­deo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Audio Visual Enterprises [gr] - (1994) (Greece) (VHS)
Audio Visual Enterprises [gr] - (2007) (Greece) (DVD) (2-disc special edition)
Audio Visual Entertainment [gr] - (2007) (Greece) (theatrical) (3-D version)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment [us] - (1997) (USA) (DVD)
Buena Vista International (Australia) [au] - (1994) (Australia) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International (Austria) GmbH [at] - (1994) (Austria) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International (Sweden) [se] - (1994) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International Italia [it] - (1994) (Italy) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International Spain [es] - (1994) (Spain) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [ar] - (1994) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [de] - (1994) (Germany) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [gb] - (1994) (USA) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [jp] - (1994) (Japan) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [jp] - (2004) (Japan) (theatrical) (re-release)
Buena Vista International [nl] - (1994) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [sg] - (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical) (3-D version)
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution [ca] - (1993) (Canada) (theatrical)
Buena Vista Pictures [us] - (1993) (USA) (theatrical) (as Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.)
Gativideo [ar] - (1995) (Argentina) (VHS)
Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) [fr] - (1994) (France) (theatrical)
Hollydan Works [cshh] - (2002) (Yugoslavia) (DVD)
Laurenfilm [es] - (Spain)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) [us] - (1998) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
Prooptiki [gr] - (1993) (Greece) (theatrical)
Touchstone Home Video [us] - (199?) (USA) (VHS)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2008) (USA) (DVD)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures [jp] - (2007-2009) (Japan) (theatrical) (re-release)
Walt Disney Studios [jp] - (2010) (Japan) (theatrical) (re-release)

Film Editors

  1. Webb, Stan (I)


  1. Abramson, Ila (production runner)
  2. Agha, Alia (stage coordinator) (as Alia Almeida Agha)
  3. Alioshin, Kat (assistant production coordinator) (as Kat Miller)
  4. Anderson, Robert (XII) (stage manager)
  5. Angle, Jon (production assistant)
  6. Arippol, Derick P. (intern)
  7. Baker, Thomas (III) (scene planner) (uncredited)
  8. Barber, David (IX) (intern)
  9. Beal, Tandy (motion reference)
  10. Beck, Christine (I) (caps personnel)
  11. Behnam, Frances P. (caps personnel)
  12. Belmessieri, Jim (stage manager) (uncredited)
  13. Birch, Andrew (intern)
  14. Buchanan, Thomas (I) (facilities production assistant)
  15. Burke, David (IX) (production runner)
  16. Candrian, Aisha (massage therapist)
  17. Cheney, Merrick (armature engineer)
  18. Choy, Carol J. (caps personnel) (as Carol Choy)
  19. Clark, Blair (I) (armature engineer)
  20. Cook, Jerome (intern)
  21. Davidson, Andrew (VI) (intern)
  22. Franklin, Joel (II) (supervising copyist)
  23. Frey, Derek (assistant: Tim Burton) (2006 3D version)
  24. Gee, Christopher W. (caps personnel) (as Chris Gee)
  25. Gordon, Kent (I) (caps personnel)
  26. Hahn, Thomas (I) (personnel: Pixar)
  27. Hamane, Barbara Lynn (caps personnel) (as Barbara Hamane)
  28. Hardy, Dina (intern)
  29. Harris, Craig (III) (assistant stage manager) (uncredited)
  30. Harris, Troy (VI) (intern)
  31. Hatakeyama, Bruce (caps personnel)
  32. Henry, Don (I) (caps personnel)
  33. Hermeling, Gisela (assistant to director)
  34. Hermeling, Gisela (assistant to producer)
  35. Huang, Shyh-Chyuan (caps personnel) (as Chyuan Huang)
  36. Huntley, Rebecca Pahr (caps personnel) (as Rebecca Pahr)
  37. Jackson, Ron (II) (caps personnel)
  38. Janssen, David (II) (production assistant)
  39. Kane, Shannon Fallis (caps personnel) (as Shannon Fallis-Kane)
  40. Keene, Lisa (caps personnel)
  41. King, R. Todd (caps personnel) (as Todd King)
  42. Leonard, Edwin R. (caps personnel) (as Ed Leonard)
  43. Marak, Ethan (intern)
  44. Mason, Daniel (I) (track reader)
  45. Meagher, Michael (II) (caps personnel) (as Tony Meagher)
  46. Merz, Jesse (market researcher) (uncredited)
  47. Nye, Peter (I) (personnel: Pixar)
  48. Orozco, Lionel Ivan (additional armatures)
  49. Payton, Alice (sew it fits)
  50. Pilar, Syndi (intern)
  51. Rand, Chris (I) (armature engineer)
  52. Reher, Kevin (production accountant)
  53. Roberts, Jackie (II) (caps personnel)
  54. Roberts, Robyn (caps personnel)
  55. Rockwell, Ann M. (intern)
  56. Rottina, Denise (production assistant)
  57. Rowe, David J. (caps personnel) (as David Rowe)
  58. Russell, James 'J.R.' (caps personnel) (as James Russell)
  59. Ruzicka, Jill (production coordinator)
  60. Schneider, Beth Lee (production assistant)
  61. Scott, Kirk (II) (production assistant)
  62. Shantzis, Michael (personnel: Pixar) (as Michael A. Shantzis)
  63. Siegel, Debra Y. (caps personnel) (as Debbie Siegel)
  64. Spamer, Jenny (assistant accountant)
  65. Stromquist, Eben (armature engineer)
  66. Sullivan, Michael T. (caps personnel) (as Michael Sullivan)
  67. Sutner, Arianne (production assistant)
  68. Teller, David (I) (production runner)
  69. Thomas, Jefferson (I) (intern)
  70. Trickel, Bart (armature engineer)
  71. Tucker, Ann (I) (scene planning supervisor: Walt Disney Feature Animation)
  72. Warren, Chuck (II) (caps personnel)
  73. Whitney, Cathy (intern)
  74. Yanover, Paul (caps and effects software lead: Walt Disney Feature Animation)
  75. Young, George (III) (production coordinator)
  76. Zero, Renato (voice dubbing) (Italian version)


[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. Jack Skellington: [singing] There's children throwing snowballs / instead of throwing heads / they're busy building toys / and absolutely no one's dead! Police officer: Attacked by Christmas toys? That's strange, that's the second toy complaint we've had. Mayor: Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself! Oogie Boogie Man: I am the shadow on the moon at night / Filling your dreams to the brim with fright. Dr. Finkelstein: Sally! You came back. Sally: I had to. Dr. Finkelstein: For this. [holds Sally's detatched arm; she causes it to wave at herself] Sally: [smiles] Yes. Dr. Finkelstein: Shall we, then? Oogie Boogie Man: Oh, the sound of rolling dice to me is music in the air, / 'cause I'm a gambling Boogie Man, although I don't play fair. / It's much more fun, I must confess, with lives on the line. / Not mine, of course, but yours, old boy, / now, that'll be just fine. 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! Lock, Shock, Barrel: Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws? Lock: I wanna do it. Barrel: Let's draw straws! Shock: Jack said we should work together. Barrel: Three of a kind. Lock: Birds of a feather. Lock, Shock, Barrel: Now and forever! Mayor: How horrible our Christmas will be! Jack Skellington: *No.* [the Mayor switches to his upset face] How *jolly*! Mayor: Oh. How *jolly* our Christmas will be. Jack Skellington: And one more thing... [stops Barrel from leaving] 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: 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. Santa: [from in the bag] Me on vacation? On Christmas Eve? Barrel: Where are we taking him? Shock: Where? Lock: [removes his mask] to Oogie Boogie, of course. There's no where in the whole world more comfortable than *that*. And Jack *said* to make him comfortable, didn't he? Barrel, Shock: Yes, he did. Santa: Haven't you heard of peace on earth, and goodwill towards men? Barrel: NO! [laugh and head back to the tree house] Santa: Haven't you heard of peace on earth and goodwill toward men? Lock, Shock, Barrel: NO! Jack Skellington: [singing] Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it! Santa: [singing] Release me now or you'll have to face the dire consequences. / The children are expecting me, so please come to your senses. Oogie Boogie Man: [singing] You're jokin', you're jokin'! / I can't believe my ears! / Would someone shut this fella up? / I'm drownin' in my tears! / It's funny, I'm laughing! / You really are too much. / And now, with your permission, / I'm going to do my stuff. [snake dangles from his mouth] Santa: [fearfully] What are you going to do? Oogie Boogie Man: I'm gonna do the best I can! Mr. Hyde: [approaching with his foot stuck in a pumpkin] I tromped through the pumpkin patch. [to the Easter Bunny] Behemoth: Bunny! Santa: Release me fast or you will have to answer for this heinous act. 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...! [attempting to push Santa down the pipe] Shock: I think he might be too big! [she tries again, he groans] Lock: No, he's not! If he can go down a chimney... he can fit... [shoves] Lock: down... [shoves again] Lock:! [Santa slides down the pipe] Dr. Finkelstein: That's twice this month you've slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off. Sally: Three times! 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! Dr. Finkelstein: You've poisoned me for the last time, you wretched girl! [to his new creation, as he inserts part of his own brain] Dr. Finkelstein: What a joy to think of all *we'll* have in common. *We'll* have conversations *worth* having. Jack Skellington: [singing] I'm a master of fright, / and a demon 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] to recite Shakespearean quotations. / No animal or man / [puts it back on] Can SCREAM like I can / With the fury of my recitations. Sally: Lunch! Dr. Finkelstein: Mm, what's this? [sniffs] Dr. Finkelstein: Wormswort! Mmm... [prepares to take a bite but then sniffs suspiciously] Dr. Finkelstein: ...And frog's breath? Sally: [innocently] What's wrong? I thought you *liked* frog's breath. Dr. Finkelstein: Nothing's more suspicious than frog's breath! Until *you* taste it, I won't swallow a spoonful! Sally: I'm not hungry. [shrugs and in doing so pretends to accidentally knock over the spoon he holds up] Sally: Oops! Dr. Finkelstein: [as she shoves the spoon aside on the floor and, still bent over, removes a slotted spoon from her sock] You want me to starve! An old man like me who hardly has strength as it is! Me! To whom you owe your very *life*! Sally: Oh, don't be silly! [Dips the sifting spoon in the soup and pretends to taste it] Sally: Mmmm! See? Scrumptious. Jack Skellington: [singing] Of course, I've been too close to see! The answer's right in front of me! Oogie Boogie Man: Are you a gambling man, Santa? Lock, Shock, Barrel: [singing] Kidnap the Sandy Claws, / beat him with a stick, / lock him up for ninety years, / see what makes him tick. Sally: [singing] What will become of my dear friend? / Where will his actions lead us then? / Oh, how I'd like to join the crowd / In their enthusiastic cloud. / Try as I may, it doesn't last. / And will we ever / End up together? / No, I think not. / It's never to become, / For I am not the one. 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? Mayor: [singing] What a splendid idea! This Christmas sounds fun. I fully endorse it - [while shooing away a bat he switches his face to look unhappy] let's try it at once! Oogie Boogie Man: J-J-J-Jack! But they said you were dead. You must be - double dead! Mayor: The King of Halloween has been blown to smithereens! Skeleton Jack is now a pile of dust! 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? 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? 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! Shock: [singing] I wish my cohorts weren't so dumb. Barrel: *I'm* not the dumb one. Lock: You're no fun! Shock: Shut up! Lock: Make me! 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] Santa: Bumpy sleigh ride, Jack! Jack Skellington: [singing with false pomp] And I, *Jack*, the *Pumpkin King*, grow tired of the same old thing. 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: Eureka! This year, Christmas will be - OURS! Police officer: Attention. Attention, citizens. Terrible news. Although the imposter has been shot down, there's still no sign of Santa Claus. It looks like Christmas will have to be cancelled this year. I repeat: The imposter has been shot down, but there is still no sign of the real Santa Claus... Mayor: We've got to find Jack! There's only 365 days left until next Halloween! Wolfman: 364! Lock: [singing] I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door, and then, knock three times, and when he answers, Sandy Claws will be no more! Shock: [singing] You're so stupid! Think now! If we blow him up to smithereens, we may lose some pieces! Lock, Shock: [singing] And then Jack will beat us black and green! Jack Skellington: [unwrapping Oogie Boogie] How dare you treat my friend so shamefully! Big Witch, W.W.D., Small Witch: Say it once, say it twice, take a chance and roll the dice. Ride with the moon in the dead of night. [last lines] Jack Skellington: [spoiler] [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. Clown: [singing] [looking at a present Jack brought] It's a bat! Man Under the Stairs: [singing] Will it bend? Clown: [singing] It's a rat! Man Under the Stairs: [singing] Will it break? Undersea Gal: [singing] Perhaps it's the head that I've found in the lake. Lock: [of Jack] There he is! Barrel: Alive! Shock: Just like we said! Mayor: [throws Jack a ladder] Grab ahold, my boy! Harlequin Demon: [singing] Won't they be impressed, I am a ge-ni-us! See how I transform this old rat inTO a most deLIGHTful hat! Sax Player: Nice work, Bone Daddy! Clown: [singing] I am the Clown with the tear-away face! [Pulls face off] Clown: [Demonic voice] Here in a *flash* and gone without a trace! [vanishes in a puff of smoke] Igor: Maaasterrr... The plaaaannnsss! Dr. Finkelstein: Excellent, Igor. [Throws him a doggy treat] Clown: [of Jack's disappearance] This has never happened before! Big Witch, W.W.D.: It's suspicious. Small Witch: It's peculiar. Vampire: It's scary! Oogie Boogie Man: Ashes to askes and dust to dust! Ohh... I'm feeling weak - with hunger! One more roll o the dice oughta do it! [places the dice in the skull shaker but recieves a pair of ones] WHAT? SNAKE-EYES! [strikes the table hard enough to verturn them and get a larger number] Mayor: [cheerfully] How horrible our Christmas will be! Jack Skellington: *No.* [the Mayor switches to his unhappy face] How *jolly*. Mayor: Oh. How *jolly* our Christmas will be. [gets pelted by bones and a ball, growls over his desk to see who did it - then recoils in fear] What are YOU doing here? Lock: Jack sent for us. Shock: Specifically. Barrel: By name. Lock: [removes his mask] Lock! Shock: [removes her mask] Shock! Barrel: Barrel! [licks his lollipop] Mayor: Jack, Jack... it's - Boogie's boys! Jack Skellington: [kneeling] Ahh... Halloween's finest *trick*-ortreaters... The job I have for you is top-secret. It requires craft! Cunning. mis... Shock: [innocently] And we thought you didn't *like* us, Jack! [the three laugh] Jack Skellington: Absolutely no one is to know about it, *not a soul*! Now... [begins to whisper, the Mayor attempts to listen through his megaphone then reaches inside to stop something blocking it - and is bitten by a spider before flinging it out] Jack Skellington: [Jack stands and the three prepare to leave, but he grabs Barrel's jacket] And one more thing - 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! [they hide their crossed fingers and run off, laughing] 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! [breks it over his knee] 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... Jack Skellington, Lock, Barrel: [come in] Jack! Jack! This time we found him! Jack Skellington: This time we really did. Lock: He sure is big, Jack! Barrel: 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] Wh - ! Why, you have *hands*! You don't have claws at all! Jack Skellington: [dazed] Where am I? Jack Skellington: Consider this a vacation, Santy. 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] Hold on! Where are we going now? [the henchmen leave with him] Jack Skellington: Ho, ho, *ho*! No... [monotone] 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? Oogie Boogie Man: [after having his sack body ripped open] Now look what you've done! My bugs! My bugs! My bugs! Jack Skellington: [upon discovering Christmas Town] Christmas Town? Hmmmm... Lock, Barrel, Shock: Jack! Jack! We caught him. [catching themselves] Lock, Barrel, Shock: We *got* him. Jack Skellington: Perfect! Open it up. Quickly! [opens it up to reveal the Easter bunny] Jack Skellington: That's not Sandy Claws! Shock: It isn't? Barrel: Who is it? Behemoth: [the Easter bunny hops up a set of steps and up to the Behemouth, sniffing him - he points at it] 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 Christmas cookie in shape of tree] Shock: I *told* you! Jack Skellington: [Lock and Shock fight, Jack buries his face in his hand and after a moment stretches out his jaw and screams] AURR! [they stop fighting and gasp with Barrel] Jack Skellington: [to the Easter bunny] I'm very sorry for the inconvenience, sir. [to the henchmen] Jack Skellington: Take *him* home first. And apologize again. Be careful with Sandy Claws when you fetch him. Treat him nicely. Barrel: Got it. Lock: We'll get it right... Lock, Barrel, Shock: Next time. Mayor: Terrible news, folks! The worst tragedy of our time! Jack has been blown to smithereens! Vampire: [about Jack, who is missing] I peeked behind the Cyclops' eye - I did! - But he wasn't there. Oogie Boogie Man: Well well well. What have we here? Sandy Claws, huh? Ooo I'm really scared! So you're the one everybody's talking about? [laughs] Oogie Boogie Man: [singing] You're joking, you're joking/I can't believe my eyes/You're joking me, you've gotta be/ This can't be the right guy! He's ancient, he's ugly/ I don't know which is worse! I might just spit a seam now if I don't die laughing first! Sally: [sings] I sense there's something in the wind / That feels like tragedy's at hand. / And though I'd like to stand by him, / Can't shake this feeling that we have. / The worst is just around the bend. / And does he notice / My feelings for him? / And will he see / How much he means to me? / I think it's not to 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!/ [spoken] Uh-oh, I hope there's still time to set things right. Sandy Claws... Dr. Finkelstein: Sally! You came back. Sally: I had to. Dr. Finkelstein: [holds up her severed arm] For this? Sally: Yes. Dr. Finkelstein: Shall we then?

Other Titles

  1. Nightmare Before Christmas (1994) (ENG)

  2. Nightmare Before Christmas (1994) (ENG)

  3. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (ENG)
    (USA) (complete title)

  4. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D (1993) (ENG)
    (USA) (promotional title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. San Francisco, California, USA


- In the song, "This is Halloween," the lyrics "... tender lumplings everywhere..." refers to "Tender Lumplings," a song done by composer 'Danny Elfman' (qv) when he was with Oingo Boingo.

- Behemoth is based on B-movie actor/Swedish wrestler 'Tor Johnson' (qv).

- 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv) did the original introduction for the movie, which can be heard on the film's soundtrack.

- 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) 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.

- Two items were invented to facilitate the filming of the movie: One was a "light alarm" which would warn the animators if any of the stage lights failed to come on. The other was a system that enabled a puppeteer to seamlessly switch to a replacement puppet if a puppet broke during a shot. Prior to this, either situation, a light failing to come on or a puppet breaking would destroy a shot.

- The teaser trailer tells us that the film was originally intended to by released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner, playing the movie