The Nightmare Before Christmas | Anatomy of a Movie

In this show, AOM hosts Phil Svitek, Sara Stretton, Demetri Panos, and Marisa Serafini discuss the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, often promoted as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, an American stop motion musical fantasy film 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 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 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 a short film or 30-minute television special. Over the years, Burton’s thoughts regularly returned to the project, and in 1990, Burton and Disney made a development deal. Production started in July 1991 in San Francisco. Disney decided to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner because they thought the film would be “too dark, and scary for kids.”. The hosts discuss everything from filmography, to casting/acting, directing, cinematography, editing, score, sound editing, etc. HELPFUL LINKS: IMDB – Wiki Page – Amazon Link to Collector’s Disc – Original Trailer – Spencer’s Nightmare Before Christmas Items – Pumpkin Patch Fansite – Making of Video – 20 Crazy Facts About the Movie – On Stop Motion Animation – Song Lyrics –