Disney Shares Details on Nightmare Before Christmas 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Disney Shares Details on Nightmare Before Christmas 30th Anniversary Celebration

As the cool winds of autumn begin to sweep away the warmth of summer, a hauntingly delightful anniversary approaches. It’s hard to believe that three decades have passed since Tim Burton’s beloved masterpiece, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” first graced the silver screen. In the 30 years since its release, this dark and whimsical tale has captured the hearts of generations, becoming a timeless classic that bridges the gap between Halloween and Christmas with eerie elegance.

To mark three decades of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Disney will re-release the film in theaters across the U.S. and in Canada on October 20th. Additionally, new artwork inspired by the film is on the way from Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One. At the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, fans can catch a 4D screenings featuring specialty concessions and souvenirs.

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You can also check out a new two-vinyl set featuring classics like “What’s this,” “This is Halloween” and more. These collectible zoetrope vinyls are available for pre-order now at Disney Music Emporium. Collectors can experience the restored and remastered film now in stunning 4K Ultra HD on Blu-ray disc and Digital. Nightmare has a special Disney 100 anniversary Steelbook is available exclusively from Best Buy.


Of course Disneyland in California celebrates the season by transforming The Haunted Mansion with it’s Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, and park guests can celebrate at Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney’s California Adventure Park with a special tickets event.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a beloved animated film released in 1993, directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton. This dark fantasy musical tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Jack becomes tired of the same old routine of scaring humans and longs for something new and exciting. One day, he stumbles upon Christmas Town and is enchanted by the joy and wonder of the holiday season.

Jack decides to bring Christmas to Halloween Town, but his well-intentioned plan goes awry due to the misunderstandings and macabre interpretations of Christmas by the town’s residents. Jack kidnaps Santa Claus, attempting to take over the holiday, but chaos ensues as he delivers sinister versions of Christmas presents to unsuspecting children.

As Jack realizes the true spirit of Christmas and the importance of individuality, he strives to set things right. With the help of Sally, a ragdoll who loves him, and other residents of Halloween Town, Jack rescues Santa Claus and saves Christmas from being a horrifying disaster.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a visually stunning and innovative stop-motion animated film, known for its unique blend of Halloween and Christmas themes. The film features memorable characters, catchy songs composed by Danny Elfman, and Tim Burton’s distinctive artistic style.

At the box office, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” initially performed modestly during its initial release, grossing around $50 million worldwide. However, its popularity grew significantly over the years through re-releases, annual screenings, and merchandise sales. The film had earned well over $100 million in total box office gross.

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” it’s evident that this timeless film has left an indelible mark on the world of animation and cinema. Its enduring appeal, a testament to Tim Burton’s imaginative genius and Henry Selick’s meticulous craftsmanship, has allowed it to transcend generations.

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Jack Skellington’s journey from the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town to discovering the true spirit of Christmas continues to resonate with audiences young and old, reminding us of the power of self-discovery and the importance of embracing our unique quirks and passions. With its hauntingly beautiful visuals, unforgettable music, and a blend of eerie charm and heartwarming lessons, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” remains a beloved classic that continues to enchant and inspire us even three decades after its initial release.

As we look back on this cinematic masterpiece, we are reminded that, like Jack, sometimes the most extraordinary and enduring stories are the ones that dare to be different and follow their own hauntingly beautiful path. Happy 30th anniversary to a film that continues to capture our imaginations and haunt our hearts year after year. How will you be celebrating 30 years of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas? Let us know your favorite character from the film in a comment.

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