Published: October 9, 2019

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" By The Numbers

“This is Halloween! This is Halloween!” Jack Skellington and his ragtag bunch of spooky pals return to the Auditorium Theatre on October 31 and November 1 with two very special screenings of Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas featuring the Chicago Philharmonic playing Danny Elfman’s classic score live!

To celebrate, we took a look through the movie’s history and uncovered these fun facts…

The Nightmare Before Christmas is based off a poem that Tim Burton himself wrote, which only contained 3 characters: Jack, Zero the dog, and Santa Claus.

To make the poem into a whole movie, many new characters were created, including Oogie Boogie, the Mayor, and Sally. In total, there are 227 puppets in the film. How many can you count?

Sally has over 120 faces!

In addition to composing the score, Danny Elfman wrote 10 original songs for the film, including favorites like “This is Halloween” and “What’s This?”

The movie was released on October 29, 1993 — which means that this beloved film turns 26 this year!

The animators created more than 400 different heads for Jack Skellington, each conveying different facial expressions or movements.

For every week of work, the creative team behind the film produced just 70 seconds of the final movie.

Overall, the movie took 3 years to complete!

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

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