THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS - Director Answers Halloween Movie or Christmas Movie?

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS - Director Answers Halloween Movie or Christmas Movie?

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? Many fans of the film have been asking this burning question for years and the director Henry Selick, Tim Burton produced the film, finally answered the question. So here it is: The Nightmare Before Christmas is officially a Halloween movie that centers on Halloween characters response to the concept of Christmas. The official response is below for you to read it for yourself. Congratulations everyone and hopefully many of you can rest easy at night now.

Henry Selick said:

After the question was asked Selick looked a little surprised, and he said, "Oh boy," likely knowing that whatever answer he gave would be controversial.

"It’s a Halloween movie," he said, definitively. He acknowledged that a lot of people liked the Christmas Town stuff waaaaay better than the Halloween Town ("They love Santa and say he’s all-powerful," he said), but he had to tell the truth: this is a movie about Halloween, and the people of Halloween, and how they react to something like Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Synopsis: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.
Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, David Randolph, Catherine O'Hara, Judi M. Durand, Doris Hess, Daamen J. Krall, Carmen Twillie, David McCharen, Joe Ranft, Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens, Glenn Walters, Mia Brown, Gary Schwartz, L. Peter Callender, Ann Fraser, Gary Raff, Jennifer Levey, Billie Hayes, Jesse McClurg, John Morris, Ken Page, Robert Olague, Edward Ivory, Bobbi Page, Susan McBride, Elena Praskin, Debi Durst
Directors: Henry Selick
Genres: Fantasy, Family, Animation, Musical
AKA(s): Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Disney Digital 3-D
Year: 1993
Runtime: 76
MPAA Rating: PG
Awards: 7
Nominations: 7
Writers: Tim Burton, Michael McDowell, Caroline Thompson
Producers: Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi, Danny Elfman, Kathleen Gavin, Don Hahn, Jill Jacobs, Diane Minter Lewis, Philip Lofaro
Musicians: Danny Elfman
Editors: Stan Webb


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