30 Years of Magic: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas & Its Everlasting Impact

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30 Years of Magic: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas & Its Everlasting Impact

Emily Zemler's book details how the world's love affair with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" has grown and evolved over thirty years, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was released thirty years ago, back in 1993, Its origins lie over a decade before that when a Disney animator (Burton; Beetlejuice) wrote a three-page poem about Halloween. Initially, the project was going to be a short film or 30-minute television special but when the powers that be decided it was too weird, it was shelved.  Burton left Disney two years later and became a major Hollywood director.  

Disney decided to revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas in hopes Burton would direct but he had other projects at that time so his colleague, Henry Selick (Coraline) took on the painstaking responsibility of stop motion animation. Upon release (under the Touchstone Pictures Banner), Nightmare garnered critical praise and was considered a moderate boy office hit financially.  Over the last three decades, the film has become a cult classic and has expanded to other forms of media, as well as, merchandising, making it a highly profitable property for Disney.  To celebrate 30 years of the Pumpkin King, a new book, Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town by Emily Zemler, will be available for purchase beginning on August 22, 2023. 

This hardcover book encompasses six chapters of glossy, think, colored pages, and with all the "extras" included the book includes 168 pages.  Upon opening the front cover one is immediately immersed into the world of Halloween Town as images of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, etc. grace the pages setting the mood for what is to come.  As the reader turns the first few pages, they open to a real treat - the forward, "The Strange Tale of The Nightmare Before Christmas" is written by Tim Burton himself. As he elaborates on the story behind Nightmare (as outlined in the paragraphs above), he delves into the "vibe" and love he has received over the years from fans and the rare connection they seem to have with the movie, him, and the Nightmare community at large.

Chapter one begins the tale with Welcome to Halloween Town: Origins and Inspirations.  Among the pages are early character drawings, storyboards and figurines, and the actors who voiced Jack, Sally, the Mayor, Lock, Shock, Barrel, etc.  Chapter two, Continuing the Celebration, explores the events surrounding the release and re-release, books and decorations, celebrity tributes, and podcasts. Chapter three is dedicated to Danny Elfman's songs and the various renditions and interpretations over the years.

In chapter four, Zemler delves into the merchandising of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Interestingly enough, when the film was first released, the merchandise sold out as the demand was higher than expected.  Over the years, almost anything could be transformed into Nightmare merchandise - from a Burger King watch to video games; board games, and jewelry. Chapter five is dedicated to the Fandom, Cosplay, and Weddings - yes, even weddings have had Nightmare themes.  Finally, chapter six reviews the Ongoing Legacy of The Nightmare Before Christmas over three decades.

Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Beyond Halloween Town is a comprehensive, fully developed, and well-researched book and while Zemler is obviously a fan, she is first and foremost a journalist who has captured the magic of the stop motion, new classic movie.  As Emily Zemler's book details, the world's love affair with the film has grown and evolved over thirty years and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you are a fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection.  If you know a fan, this would make a great holiday gift (hint, hint). 

Let's face it, Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt we will still be talking about it in another thirty years and rereading Zemler's book.

While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was released thirty years ago, back in 1993, Its origins lie over a decade before that when a Disney animator (Burton; Beetlejuice) wrote a three-page poem about Halloween. Initially, the project was going to be a short film or 30-minute television special but when the powers that be decided it was too weird, it was shelved.  Burton left Disney two years later and became a major Hollywood director.  

Disney decided to revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas in hopes Burton would direct but he had other projects at that time so his colleague, Henry Selick (Coraline) took on the painstaking responsibility of stop motion animation. Upon release (under the Touchstone Pictures Banner), Nightmare garnered critical praise and was considered a moderate boy office hit financially.  Over the last three decades, the film has become a cult classic and has expanded to other forms of media, as well as, merchandising, making it a highly profitable property for Disney.  To celebrate 30 years of the Pumpkin King, a new book, Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town by Emily Zemler, will be available for purchase beginning on August 22, 2023. 

This hardcover book encompasses six chapters of glossy, think, colored pages, and with all the "extras" included the book includes 168 pages.  Upon opening the front cover one is immediately immersed into the world of Halloween Town as images of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, etc. grace the pages setting the mood for what is to come.  As the reader turns the first few pages, they open to a real treat - the forward, "The Strange Tale of The Nightmare Before Christmas" is written by Tim Burton himself. As he elaborates on the story behind Nightmare (as outlined in the paragraphs above), he delves into the "vibe" and love he has received over the years from fans and the rare connection they seem to have with the movie, him, and the Nightmare community at large.

Chapter one begins the tale with Welcome to Halloween Town: Origins and Inspirations.  Among the pages are early character drawings, storyboards and figurines, and the actors who voiced Jack, Sally, the Mayor, Lock, Shock, Barrel, etc.  Chapter two, Continuing the Celebration, explores the events surrounding the release and re-release, books and decorations, celebrity tributes, and podcasts. Chapter three is dedicated to Danny Elfman's songs and the various renditions and interpretations over the years.

In chapter four, Zemler delves into the merchandising of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Interestingly enough, when the film was first released, the merchandise sold out as the demand was higher than expected.  Over the years, almost anything could be transformed into Nightmare merchandise - from a Burger King watch to video games; board games, and jewelry. Chapter five is dedicated to the Fandom, Cosplay, and Weddings - yes, even weddings have had Nightmare themes.  Finally, chapter six reviews the Ongoing Legacy of The Nightmare Before Christmas over three decades.

Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Beyond Halloween Town is a comprehensive, fully developed, and well-researched book and while Zemler is obviously a fan, she is first and foremost a journalist who has captured the magic of the stop motion, new classic movie.  As Emily Zemler's book details, the world's love affair with the film has grown and evolved over thirty years and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you are a fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection.  If you know a fan, this would make a great holiday gift (hint, hint). 

Let's face it, Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt we will still be talking about it in another thirty years and rereading Zemler's book.

While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was released thirty years ago, back in 1993, Its origins lie over a decade before that when a Disney animator (Burton; Beetlejuice) wrote a three-page poem about Halloween. Initially, the project was going to be a short film or 30-minute television special but when the powers that be decided it was too weird, it was shelved.  Burton left Disney two years later and became a major Hollywood director.  

Disney decided to revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas in hopes Burton would direct but he had other projects at that time so his colleague, Henry Selick (Coraline) took on the painstaking responsibility of stop motion animation. Upon release (under the Touchstone Pictures Banner), Nightmare garnered critical praise and was considered a moderate boy office hit financially.  Over the last three decades, the film has become a cult classic and has expanded to other forms of media, as well as, merchandising, making it a highly profitable property for Disney.  To celebrate 30 years of the Pumpkin King, a new book, Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town by Emily Zemler, will be available for purchase beginning on August 22, 2023. 

This hardcover book encompasses six chapters of glossy, think, colored pages, and with all the "extras" included the book includes 168 pages.  Upon opening the front cover one is immediately immersed into the world of Halloween Town as images of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, etc. grace the pages setting the mood for what is to come.  As the reader turns the first few pages, they open to a real treat - the forward, "The Strange Tale of The Nightmare Before Christmas" is written by Tim Burton himself. As he elaborates on the story behind Nightmare (as outlined in the paragraphs above), he delves into the "vibe" and love he has received over the years from fans and the rare connection they seem to have with the movie, him, and the Nightmare community at large.

Chapter one begins the tale with Welcome to Halloween Town: Origins and Inspirations.  Among the pages are early character drawings, storyboards and figurines, and the actors who voiced Jack, Sally, the Mayor, Lock, Shock, Barrel, etc.  Chapter two, Continuing the Celebration, explores the events surrounding the release and re-release, books and decorations, celebrity tributes, and podcasts. Chapter three is dedicated to Danny Elfman's songs and the various renditions and interpretations over the years.

In chapter four, Zemler delves into the merchandising of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Interestingly enough, when the film was first released, the merchandise sold out as the demand was higher than expected.  Over the years, almost anything could be transformed into Nightmare merchandise - from a Burger King watch to video games; board games, and jewelry. Chapter five is dedicated to the Fandom, Cosplay, and Weddings - yes, even weddings have had Nightmare themes.  Finally, chapter six reviews the Ongoing Legacy of The Nightmare Before Christmas over three decades.

Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Beyond Halloween Town is a comprehensive, fully developed, and well-researched book and while Zemler is obviously a fan, she is first and foremost a journalist who has captured the magic of the stop motion, new classic movie.  As Emily Zemler's book details, the world's love affair with the film has grown and evolved over thirty years and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you are a fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection.  If you know a fan, this would make a great holiday gift (hint, hint). 

Let's face it, Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt we will still be talking about it in another thirty years and rereading Zemler's book.

While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was released thirty years ago, back in 1993, Its origins lie over a decade before that when a Disney animator (Burton; Beetlejuice) wrote a three-page poem about Halloween. Initially, the project was going to be a short film or 30-minute television special but when the powers that be decided it was too weird, it was shelved.  Burton left Disney two years later and became a major Hollywood director.  

Disney decided to revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas in hopes Burton would direct but he had other projects at that time so his colleague, Henry Selick (Coraline) took on the painstaking responsibility of stop motion animation. Upon release (under the Touchstone Pictures Banner), Nightmare garnered critical praise and was considered a moderate boy office hit financially.  Over the last three decades, the film has become a cult classic and has expanded to other forms of media, as well as, merchandising, making it a highly profitable property for Disney.  To celebrate 30 years of the Pumpkin King, a new book, Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town by Emily Zemler, will be available for purchase beginning on August 22, 2023. 

This hardcover book encompasses six chapters of glossy, think, colored pages, and with all the "extras" included the book includes 168 pages.  Upon opening the front cover one is immediately immersed into the world of Halloween Town as images of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, etc. grace the pages setting the mood for what is to come.  As the reader turns the first few pages, they open to a real treat - the forward, "The Strange Tale of The Nightmare Before Christmas" is written by Tim Burton himself. As he elaborates on the story behind Nightmare (as outlined in the paragraphs above), he delves into the "vibe" and love he has received over the years from fans and the rare connection they seem to have with the movie, him, and the Nightmare community at large.

Chapter one begins the tale with Welcome to Halloween Town: Origins and Inspirations.  Among the pages are early character drawings, storyboards and figurines, and the actors who voiced Jack, Sally, the Mayor, Lock, Shock, Barrel, etc.  Chapter two, Continuing the Celebration, explores the events surrounding the release and re-release, books and decorations, celebrity tributes, and podcasts. Chapter three is dedicated to Danny Elfman's songs and the various renditions and interpretations over the years.

In chapter four, Zemler delves into the merchandising of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Interestingly enough, when the film was first released, the merchandise sold out as the demand was higher than expected.  Over the years, almost anything could be transformed into Nightmare merchandise - from a Burger King watch to video games; board games, and jewelry. Chapter five is dedicated to the Fandom, Cosplay, and Weddings - yes, even weddings have had Nightmare themes.  Finally, chapter six reviews the Ongoing Legacy of The Nightmare Before Christmas over three decades.

Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Beyond Halloween Town is a comprehensive, fully developed, and well-researched book and while Zemler is obviously a fan, she is first and foremost a journalist who has captured the magic of the stop motion, new classic movie.  As Emily Zemler's book details, the world's love affair with the film has grown and evolved over thirty years and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you are a fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection.  If you know a fan, this would make a great holiday gift (hint, hint). 

Let's face it, Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt we will still be talking about it in another thirty years and rereading Zemler's book.

While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was released thirty years ago, back in 1993, Its origins lie over a decade before that when a Disney animator (Burton; Beetlejuice) wrote a three-page poem about Halloween. Initially, the project was going to be a short film or 30-minute television special but when the powers that be decided it was too weird, it was shelved.  Burton left Disney two years later and became a major Hollywood director.  

Disney decided to revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas in hopes Burton would direct but he had other projects at that time so his colleague, Henry Selick (Coraline) took on the painstaking responsibility of stop motion animation. Upon release (under the Touchstone Pictures Banner), Nightmare garnered critical praise and was considered a moderate boy office hit financially.  Over the last three decades, the film has become a cult classic and has expanded to other forms of media, as well as, merchandising, making it a highly profitable property for Disney.  To celebrate 30 years of the Pumpkin King, a new book, Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town by Emily Zemler, will be available for purchase beginning on August 22, 2023. 

This hardcover book encompasses six chapters of glossy, think, colored pages, and with all the "extras" included the book includes 168 pages.  Upon opening the front cover one is immediately immersed into the world of Halloween Town as images of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, etc. grace the pages setting the mood for what is to come.  As the reader turns the first few pages, they open to a real treat - the forward, "The Strange Tale of The Nightmare Before Christmas" is written by Tim Burton himself. As he elaborates on the story behind Nightmare (as outlined in the paragraphs above), he delves into the "vibe" and love he has received over the years from fans and the rare connection they seem to have with the movie, him, and the Nightmare community at large.

Chapter one begins the tale with Welcome to Halloween Town: Origins and Inspirations.  Among the pages are early character drawings, storyboards and figurines, and the actors who voiced Jack, Sally, the Mayor, Lock, Shock, Barrel, etc.  Chapter two, Continuing the Celebration, explores the events surrounding the release and re-release, books and decorations, celebrity tributes, and podcasts. Chapter three is dedicated to Danny Elfman's songs and the various renditions and interpretations over the years.

In chapter four, Zemler delves into the merchandising of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Interestingly enough, when the film was first released, the merchandise sold out as the demand was higher than expected.  Over the years, almost anything could be transformed into Nightmare merchandise - from a Burger King watch to video games; board games, and jewelry. Chapter five is dedicated to the Fandom, Cosplay, and Weddings - yes, even weddings have had Nightmare themes.  Finally, chapter six reviews the Ongoing Legacy of The Nightmare Before Christmas over three decades.

Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Beyond Halloween Town is a comprehensive, fully developed, and well-researched book and while Zemler is obviously a fan, she is first and foremost a journalist who has captured the magic of the stop motion, new classic movie.  As Emily Zemler's book details, the world's love affair with the film has grown and evolved over thirty years and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you are a fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection.  If you know a fan, this would make a great holiday gift (hint, hint). 

Let's face it, Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt we will still be talking about it in another thirty years and rereading Zemler's book.

While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was released thirty years ago, back in 1993, Its origins lie over a decade before that when a Disney animator (Burton; Beetlejuice) wrote a three-page poem about Halloween. Initially, the project was going to be a short film or 30-minute television special but when the powers that be decided it was too weird, it was shelved.  Burton left Disney two years later and became a major Hollywood director.  

Disney decided to revisit The Nightmare Before Christmas in hopes Burton would direct but he had other projects at that time so his colleague, Henry Selick (Coraline) took on the painstaking responsibility of stop motion animation. Upon release (under the Touchstone Pictures Banner), Nightmare garnered critical praise and was considered a moderate boy office hit financially.  Over the last three decades, the film has become a cult classic and has expanded to other forms of media, as well as, merchandising, making it a highly profitable property for Disney.  To celebrate 30 years of the Pumpkin King, a new book, Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town by Emily Zemler, will be available for purchase beginning on August 22, 2023. 

This hardcover book encompasses six chapters of glossy, think, colored pages, and with all the "extras" included the book includes 168 pages.  Upon opening the front cover one is immediately immersed into the world of Halloween Town as images of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, etc. grace the pages setting the mood for what is to come.  As the reader turns the first few pages, they open to a real treat - the forward, "The Strange Tale of The Nightmare Before Christmas" is written by Tim Burton himself. As he elaborates on the story behind Nightmare (as outlined in the paragraphs above), he delves into the "vibe" and love he has received over the years from fans and the rare connection they seem to have with the movie, him, and the Nightmare community at large.

Chapter one begins the tale with Welcome to Halloween Town: Origins and Inspirations.  Among the pages are early character drawings, storyboards and figurines, and the actors who voiced Jack, Sally, the Mayor, Lock, Shock, Barrel, etc.  Chapter two, Continuing the Celebration, explores the events surrounding the release and re-release, books and decorations, celebrity tributes, and podcasts. Chapter three is dedicated to Danny Elfman's songs and the various renditions and interpretations over the years.

In chapter four, Zemler delves into the merchandising of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Interestingly enough, when the film was first released, the merchandise sold out as the demand was higher than expected.  Over the years, almost anything could be transformed into Nightmare merchandise - from a Burger King watch to video games; board games, and jewelry. Chapter five is dedicated to the Fandom, Cosplay, and Weddings - yes, even weddings have had Nightmare themes.  Finally, chapter six reviews the Ongoing Legacy of The Nightmare Before Christmas over three decades.

Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Beyond Halloween Town is a comprehensive, fully developed, and well-researched book and while Zemler is obviously a fan, she is first and foremost a journalist who has captured the magic of the stop motion, new classic movie.  As Emily Zemler's book details, the world's love affair with the film has grown and evolved over thirty years and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you are a fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection.  If you know a fan, this would make a great holiday gift (hint, hint). 

Let's face it, Disney's Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt we will still be talking about it in another thirty years and rereading Zemler's book.

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