20 details you probably missed in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a scary vacation movie. Disney
Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) has a huge following, but people may not have noticed all of these devious details.
Many of the decorations around Halloween Town consist of coffins, spiders and pumpkins.
There are also references to classic Christmas stories like "A Christmas Carol" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
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Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) is a delightfully creepy Disney film that is perfect for both Halloween and Christmas.
The music film follows "Pumpkin King" Jack Skellington as he falls down the door to Christmas City and takes on the role of "Sandy Claws".
Read on for some details and testimonials that even Burton's biggest fans may have overlooked in "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
During the cemetery scene "This Is Halloween" a ghost has two heads.
The final ghost in the opening sequence appears to be a two-headed woman. Disney
The introduction of the film to the song "This Is Halloween" goes through a graveyard with ghostly shadows reflected on the gravestones.
The first ghost seems pretty classically shaped, and the second looks like a dog or a werewolf. But the third ghost, which is the scariest of the three, appears to be a woman of two, or perhaps a group of connected twins.
The Mayor of Halloween Town wears a black widow bow tie.
The mayor's tie is actually a spider. Disney
The Mayor of Halloween Town has an unusual appearance.
While most viewers have likely understood his character's head-turning design as a play on the phrase "politicians with two faces," some may have overlooked that his tie is a spider.
Jack's tie is also shaped like a bat.
The vampires win a disturbing award.
The mayor presented them with a trophy for "most blood drained in a single evening". Disney
The mayor awards prizes after the successful Halloween night, and the vampires win the gruesome prize for "most of the blood drained in a single evening".
The Dark Lagoon Leeches also receive Honorable Mention for the same award.
Jack is referring to a well-known Shakespearean scene.
Jack sticks out his own head like the skull in "Hamlet". Disney
While singing "Jack's Lament", Jack takes his head off and holds it in his hand. He sings, "And since I'm dead, I can take my head off to recite quotations from Shakespeare."
This seems to be a not-so-subtle reference to the well-known scene in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in which the title prince holds a skull while reciting his monologue, "To be or not to be".
Jack has a unique front door setup.
Jack lives in a suitably creepy house. Disney
Halloween Town is full of unique and spooky decorations, and Jack's house is no exception.
When the Mayor visits Jack, he rings the doorbell by pulling on a dead spider attached to a pulley. The doorbell sounds like a woman's scream and the button is an eyeball.
The mayor adds some funny political comments that mock his profession.
The character appears to be a parody of corrupt politicians. Disney
When the mayor goes to Jack's house to discuss plans for next Halloween, he gets excited when Jack doesn't open the door. At some point he exclaims: "I am only an elected official here. I cannot make my own decisions."
This, combined with the mayor who is literally "two faces", adds to the satirical nature of the character.
There are seven different holiday doors in the clearing.
The doors lead to different countries based on seven major US holidays. Disney
Although Jack enters the portal of the Christmas City, six more doors can be seen in the clearing, including one for Independence Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving.
The town hall meeting has a suitably dark decor.
The podium is shaped like a coffin. Disney
When Jack returns from Christmas Town, he asks the mayor to call a town meeting so he can tell everyone what he has discovered.
During the meeting, Jack speaks on a podium in the shape of a coffin. The curtain that hangs behind him appears to be adorned with broken hearts that have been sewn back together.
Some of the books Jack reads are recognizable Christmas classics.
Jack sits down and reads "A Christmas Carol". Disney
When Jack reads a large pile of books about Christmas, most of the titles are just general holiday-related phrases like "Santa", "Noel", and "Xmas".
However, Jack also reads some recognizable real world stories, including "A Christmas Carol" and "Rudolph".
Jack's board has many Christmas references.
The equation consists of Christmas references. Disney
When Jack tries to figure out what Christmas is all about, he writes a "formula" that is full of typical holiday traditions.
Viewers can clearly see the sentences "Sugar Plum Visions" and "Eggnog" at the top of the board, and below it divides "Chestnuts" over "open fire".
The date "12.25.93" also refers to the year the film was released.
There are bat and jack o lantern designs around Jack's house.
There's an iron gourd at Jack's front gate. Disney
Jack has metal frames on his windows that are shaped like bats and jack-o-lanterns.
This matches its gate, which has a jack-o'-lantern design on top - all appropriately creepy features for the Pumpkin King's house.
Boogie's boys seem to be named after parts of a gun.
Their names are Lock, Shock and Barrel. Disney
Oogie Boogie's henchmen, also known as Boogie's Boys, are called Lock, Shock, and Barrel.
This is likely a play on the phrase "lock, stock, and barrel" informally referring to a complete set of something, but the phrase itself is also a reference to various parts of a weapon.
Since the three characters are never seen without each other and work together to wreak havoc, their names go well with them.
Oogie Boogie's Hideout is a casino theme.
Oogie Boogie is dancing on a roulette wheel. Disney
The boogeyman's hideout is full of spooky casino decorations.
The bottom itself looks like a roulette wheel, with unfortunate symbols on the slotted squares like a black cat and the number 13. There are also skeletal dice with skulls on them, and in the center of the roulette wheel there is also an oversized eight ball.
Snakes come from the "snake eyes" that Oogie Boogie rolls.
A real snake comes out of the "one" side of the cube. Disney
When Oogie Boogie rolls a pair of "ones", snakes come out of the holes - a clever visual representation of the common phrase "snake eyes".
A character makes an ironically matching toy.
The witch with the tiny witches under her hat makes a nesting doll. Disney
During Jack's presentation about Christmas, one of the viewers asking a question is a witch. She pulls up her hat to reveal another witch who takes off her hat to reveal another witch, and so on.
Later, when members of the town are shown how to make toys for Christmas, the same witch makes a set of nesting dolls, which is quite appropriate given her situation.
Santa's underpants have a mistletoe pattern.
When Santa Claus is pushed by Boogie's Boys, his underpants are visible. Disney
When Lock, Shock, and Barrel try to shove Santa Claus into the tube leading to Boogie's hiding place, viewers can see he's wearing a pair of mistletoe-patterned briefs - a fitting choice of clothing for the Christmas City leader.
The mayor's speech is actually written on the parchment he is holding in his hand.
The words are actually written out. Disney
When the mayor gives a speech before Jack flies to Christmas City, he holds a piece of parchment paper in his hands.
If the viewer looks closely, he can see that the speech is actually written word for word on the paper.
Zero's glowing nose was predicted earlier in the film.
Zero acted as Jack's Rudolph. Disney
When he first appears, Jack's dog Zero has a bright orange nose. At the beginning of the film, this seems to be just part of his appearance. But when the fog makes it impossible for Jack to take off with his sled on Christmas Eve, Zero leads him like Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer.
This was actually predicted earlier in the movie when Jack was reading the "Rudolph" book.
Jack's sleigh is shaped like a coffin.
Like much of its decor, Jack's sleigh has a diseased design. Disney
Jack's sleigh is shaped like a coffin, like the dais seen earlier at the town hall.
The top has an opening, and the viewer can even see that the satin-look fabric resembles that of most real coffins. The front of the sled also has metal teeth and is pulled by reindeer skeletons.
There seems to be a generation of adults whose faces are never shown in Christmas City.
The TV anchor is cut from neck to neck. Disney
When Jack delivers presents in Christmas Town, some adults' faces are blocked in creative ways. For example, a mother's head is cut off by window curtains and a radio speaker's face is completely out of the ordinary.
However, when Jack first arrives, a grandmother can be seen reading to children in front of a fire. So there only seems to be a certain generation of adults who are blocked.
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