Oct 20, 2006 10:11 AM EST

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas Returns To The Big Screen

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas Returns To The Big Screen
Hollywood's legendary movie palace, The El Capitan Theatre, will celebrate the debut of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in Disney Digital 3-D on Thursday October 19th with special opening night tricks, treats (including the first-ever display of original puppets from the film), and funfilled activities, it was announced today () by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. At both sold-out opening night performances - 7:00 pm and 9:45 pm - the festivities include a filmmakers' panel featuring talent associated with the making of  "Nightmare," along with other surprises. The film will have seven shows a day through October 31st, including a late night show at 11:30 pm. From November 1st through January 4th, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" can be seen daily at 10:30 pm and 12:15 am. An exhibit of film sets, props, and original puppet characters (on loan for the first time from Disney's Animation Research Library) will be on display through October 31st. Tickets for the El Capitan's special engagement are available at the box office, online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6.

The enormously popular stop-motion animated feature, directed by Henry Selick and presented by Walt Disney Pictures, has been converted from its original 2-D format into a stunning dimensional and enchanting 3-D version using the latest advancements in 3-D technology and animation. It is the first movie in industry history to be released exclusively in Digital 3-D, and it represents the first time in the history of motion pictures that a 3-D feature has been created from an existing animated classic. On the same bill throughout the engagement will be a newly rendered digital 3-D version of Pixar's delightful 1989 computer-animated short film, "Knick Knack," directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Lasseter. The Disney Digital 3-D™ version of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" will open on October 20th in over 200 theatres worldwide.

Commenting on the announcement, Tim Burton said, "For me, turning ‘Nightmare Before Christmas' into digital 3-D has taken a very pure little gem and made it that much better. I am extremely happy about the fact that the movie has kept its purity and the 3-D actually adds much more to it. It's almost like being on the set – you can see the texture of the puppets, and see the characters in the foreground and others in the background. When we were making the movie, we felt in our hearts like our characters were real. When you see it in 3-D, everything comes to life and you can literally see through the eye sockets of Jack Skellington. I am thrilled that all the die hard fans, as well as a new generation of moviegoers, will get the opportunity to experience the movie in a whole new way."

Disney Digital 3-D™ combines premier Disney creative content with state-of-theart Digital 3-D projection technology to deliver an unparalleled 3-D motion picture experience that is not only presented with digital clarity, but is also exhibited in a manner that makes it incredibly comfortable for the audience to experience. An award-winning team of technicians and animators at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), in collaboration
with In-Three Inc., helped Disney to convert the film from 2-D to 3-D by creating a new right eye image (by animating digitized versions of the original puppet characters and projecting footage of the sets onto dimensional geometry).

First released in 1993, Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was directed by Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach"), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters - Lock, Shock, and Barrel - to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Jack eventually realizes his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can make things right and restore the Christmas holiday. With ten ghoulishly delightful songs by Danny Elfman (who also provided the singing voice for Jack) and the vocal talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, and Ken Page, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a unique and entertaining moviegoing experience.

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