1. The film is based on a poem Tim Burton wrote in 1982 while working as an animator for Disney.

2. Disney considered developing The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1982 as either a short film or 30-minute TV special. The studio eventually shelved it for being “too weird.”

Disney decided to produce the movie after the success of Burton’s films Beetlejuice and Batman.

3. Jack Skellington first appeared in Beetlejuice (1988). His head can be seen atop Beetlejuice’s carnival hat.

4. Burton did NOT direct the movie due to the film’s time commitment and his scheduling conflicts with Batman Returns.

Burton hired his friend, Henry Selick, to direct — this was also his feature film directing debut. He went on to direct two other classic stop-motion films, Coraline and James and the Giant Peach.

5. The film used over 230 sets that were set up in 19 soundstages.

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