The Nightmare Before Christmas Returning to Theaters for its 30th Anniversary

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Returning to Theaters for its 30th Anniversary

Guess who’s back after 30 years! Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is set to enchant audiences once again as it celebrates its 30th anniversary with a grand return to theaters. On October 20th, this stop-motion animated classic by director Henry Selick will grace screens across the United States and Canada, three decades after its original October 1993 debut. Adding a magical touch to the celebration, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, will showcase The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D—a 3D presentation with immersive in-theater effects. The anniversary screenings at this iconic venue will feature specialty concessions, souvenirs, and more.

To commemorate this special re-release, Disney has commissioned new artwork inspired by the film, created by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number On (see below).

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The holiday classic unfolds the tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, yearning for something more than the same old tricks and treats. Upon discovering the enchanting magic of Christmas Town, Jack decides to bring the joyous holiday back to Halloween Town, leading to a series of comical and heartwarming misadventures. The film’s stellar cast includes Chris Sarandon and Danny Elfman as the voice of Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, William Hickey as Dr. Finkelstein, Glenn Shadix as the Mayor, and Ken Page as the sinister Oogie Boogie.

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As The Nightmare Before Christmas graces the big screen once again, Disney is pulling out all the stops to mark this milestone. Alongside the theatrical return, Disney is releasing new 30th-anniversary collectibles, including a clothing line and a limited-edition Starbucks tumbler.

Fans can also own the movie, newly remastered on 4K UHD for the first time, or catch it on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween throughout October. ABC will broadcast The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 22nd at 8 p.m. ET, followed by airings on the Disney Channel on October 28th and December 11th.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Jack Skellington and relive the magic of this timeless Halloween and Christmas classic.


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