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18 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

It's been 20 years since we all hailed to the Pumpkin King.

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4. Burton did NOT direct the movie due to the film's time commitment and his scheduling conflicts with Batman Returns.

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Burton hired his friend Henry Selick to direct — this was also his feature-film directing debut. He went on to direct two other classic stop-motion films, Coraline and James and the Giant Peach.


8. Burton’s friend and composer Danny Elfman wrote the songs and music for the film without a script or storyboard.

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According to Elfman, Burton would just describe the scenes to him.

9. Elfman also provided the singing voice for Jack after it was discovered that Chris Sarandon, Jack's speaking voice, could not sing.

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12. Patrick Stewart was the film's original narrator but was cut at the last minute for unclear reasons. He does, however, appear as the narrator on the film's soundtrack.

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14. The film was only a modest success at the box office — earning just $50 million during its first theatrical run.

15. Disney wanted to build a Nightmare Before Christmas ride at Disneyland, but reportedly Burton (who owns 50% of the rights to the characters) nixed the idea.

The ride would have been constructed right next to It’s a Small World.

Bonus: Patrick Stewart reading The Nightmare Before Christmas poem part 1:

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Patrick Stewart reading The Nightmare Before Christmas poem part 2:

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Facts come via The Making of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, unless otherwise stated.


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