The Nightmare Before Christmas

Release Date: October 13th, 1993

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 1997

PG |1 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life -- he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, Edward Ivory

Director: Henry Selick

Genres: Animated , Children , Fantasy , Comedy

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Skellington Productions

Distributors: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: Creative , Pursuit , Heartwarming , Small town , Mystery , House ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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 stuff. The history-making stop-motion animation in this $20 million charmer transcends age. It's 74 minutes of timeless movie magic. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    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 detachable brainpans, swivel-headed two-faced politicians and big bad bug-bag monsters, it comes at you like a Saturday afternoon kiddies' special gone pleasantly berserk. show more

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Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture