This is Halloween: 42 Behind the Scenes and Concept Art From “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

It’s hard to believe that Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was released 22 years ago. When I was little my dad brought home this movie for us, just because. I remember looking at the cover of the VHS tape and wondering what this strange video was going to be. It turned out to be one of the best gifts he ever brought home.

The movie holds up, not only visually, but also nostalgically, as the must watch Halloween classic. It is to Halloween as Ruldoph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman are to Christmas.


Filmed entirely using stop motion animation, the filmmakers constructed 227 puppets to represent the characters in the movie, with Jack the Skellington having around 400 heads in order to allow the expression of almost every possible emotion.

Take a look at these behind the scenes images that will make you even more nostalgic about this Halloween classic.

Jill Ruzicka (Production Coordinator) & Mike Cachuela (FX Animation)

Deane Taylor (Art Director)

Jeff Brewer (Character Fabricator)

Bonita DeCarlo (Character Fabrication Supervisor)

Elise Robertson (Character Fabricator)

Elise Robertson (Character Fabricator)

Chrystene Ells (Character Fabricator) & Timothy Reid Norton (Character Fabricator)

Paula Lucchesi (Model Maker)

Tim Burton (Producer)

Tim Burton (Producer)

Pat Sweeney (Camera Operator)

Owen Klatte (Animator)

Pete Kozachik (Director of Photography), Brian Vant Hull, & Jim Aupperle

Henry Selick (Director) & Tim Burton (Producer)

Joel Fletcher (Animator)

Joel Fletcher (Animator)

Ray Gilberti (Camera Operator), Mike Belzer (Animator), & Chris Petersen (Assistant)

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