Back in the fall of 1993, a little stop-motion animation jewel from the twisted mind of Tim Burton arrived to steal our Halloween hearts and created an instant holiday classic that remains as vibrant today as it was 25 years ago.
Directed by Henry Selick (Coraline) and featuring a cast of creepy characters residing in Halloween Town, The Nightmare Before Christmas delivered a charming fairy tale focused on the enterprising Jack Skellington and his sole wish to bring his particular brand of tricks and treats to the frosted wintertime realm of Christmas Town. The iconic film was adorned with memorable songs by ex-Oingo Boingo frontman, Danny Elfman, who also voiced the main character of Jack, the Pumpkin King, with Chris Sarandon.
Released on Oct. 29, 1993, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was a critical and commercial success and even garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. It was unfortunately beat out by Steven Spielberg and a herd of thundering dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.
Whether your favorite denizens of this dark fantasy are Sally, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, The Mayor, Dr. Finklestein, The Wolf Man, Vampire, Oogie Boogie, or Zero, take a nostalgic trip into SYFY WIRE's video tribute to this perennial treasure, and sing along if you feel the urge!
Additional material by Jeff Spry.