Fan Art Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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One of the most unique holiday films ever made was originally inspired by the juxtaposition of Halloween and Christmas holiday decorations


that iconoclastic director Tim Burton saw in a store window. The Nightmare Before Christmas was first conceived in the form of a poem rather than a screenplay, composed by Burton in 1982 while he was working as an animator for Disney.


The story centers around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon Christmas and decides it looks like a lot more fun than what has become his tedious task of leading Halloween festivities every year. What he finds out is that taking over someone else’s holiday, without truly understanding it, much like anything else, is a recipe for disaster.


Disney at first considered the story “too weird” and “too dark for kids,” keeping it shelved until Burton finally said ‘You guys don’t really want to do this, let me take it elsewhere.’ Not wanting to risk the project being successful elsewhere, Disney finally gave the green light.


Taking 3 years to complete with one minute of film needing roughly a week to shoot, The Nightmare Before Christmas made its debut in 1993.


Disney’s decision to release the “too scary for kids” movie under their adult “Touchstone” banner crippled the film’s debut, but the DVD release in 1997 turned the film into a cult hit.  It has since been re-released several times theatrically, including in 3D, and is now considered a “Disney classic.”


The long struggle for Tim Burton’s twisted fable with a heart of gold to be born, and then be given a chance at survival, proves that there is a space in Hollywood for truly visionary artists, but only space enough for the most dedicated and most doggedly determined to survive.


The darkly baroque look of the film was highly influenced by the art of Ronald Searle and Edward Gorey, as can clearly be seen in the set designs which were heavily modeled to look like the artists’ ink illustrations.



Long before “Nightmare” became a holiday classic, Jack was making secret cameos in films.


Jack first appears in the movie Beetlejuice on the top of the carnival hat that Beetlejuice wears, look closely at the Mad Hatter’s tie in Alice in Wonderland and you’ll spot him. He's as an egg yolk in Coraline and a pirate in James and the Giant Peach.


The Nightmare Before Christmas is now a holiday classic that is a Halloween movie as much as it is a Christmas movie, which means doubling your opportunity to find someone to snuggle with by the fireplace, popcorn bowl at the ready, in preparation for perusal of a “Nightmarish” gallery of frighteningly festive fan art. Enjoy!











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Tintin25's avatar
Jack Skeleton Chibi Whats this? Jack Skellington Totally amazing!
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HeroOfTengoku7K's avatar
I love this movie. Probably one of my favorite Tim Burton movies by far. 
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casshimee's avatar
Thanks for the feature ^_^
GAD-ZUCHS's avatar
Nightmare Before Christmas was one of the best pieces of art ever made. Technically, however, Tim Burton had very little to do with the film. He was just a producer. The screenplay, the lyrics and the directing, were all done by other people.
CreepsterMcCreeps's avatar
400th like yay!D
This is amazing I love nightmare before Christmas :)
Amazing I love Tim Burton!!!!!
alexthenoob1234's avatar
This is amazing and i love the stories tim Burton makes they are so amazing i like the art as much as the poem
By far the most favoured christmas movie. It is a tradition to watch this.
d0pecr4wler's avatar
Tim Burton was not the director of the movie »Nightmare before Christmas«.
Why do people keep thinking that?! oO
The movie was directed by Henry Selick ... based on a story by Tim Burton!
MiliCollins's avatar
Absolutely adore Nightmare Before Christmas. My first tattoo was of the legendary star couple.<3
SilverTurtles's avatar
Amazing :)
I love that movie
MaxHitman's avatar
Two thumbs up!

Thank you
Strange1331's avatar
This is really beautiful!
shadowbracken's avatar
Awesomely awesome
Unicorn12791's avatar
I LOVE this movie. It's the best movie of all time! Made by the best Director.
d0pecr4wler's avatar
I guess you know that Tim Burton is not the director of this movie.
Unicorn12791's avatar
Yes I do know that. Tim Burton was the Co-director and the writer/producer. Henry Selick was the Director. But I think Tim Burton was more important in this case.
d0pecr4wler's avatar
He wasn't the co-director either. He was busy directing Batman Returns at this time.
And no, he wasn't more important ... he only gave the story, figures and world,
but Henry Selick and Caroline Thompson made it come alive ... so, they are way more important.
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