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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.

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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.

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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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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.