The holiday season is upon us, and with it, a very special anniversary. The iconic half-Halloween, half-Christmas dark fantasy The Nightmare Before Christmas turned 30 just before the spookiest day of the year.
Since the film’s release, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, has become one of the most beloved holiday symbols of all time. Fans of Jack, Sally, and the rest of Halloween Town’s eerie villagers long for a return to the world of holiday magic. But what does the film’s creator, Tim Burton, think?
Well, unfortunately for those holding out hope for a belated sequel or reboot of the stop-motion classic, Tim Burton is not a fan.
In a recent interview with Empire, the eccentric filmmaker gave some pretty strong opinions against the idea of a return to Halloween Town.
“To me the movie is very important,” Burton explained. “I’ve done sequels, I’ve done other things, I’ve done reboots, I’ve done all that sh-t, right? I don’t want that to happen to this.”
“It’s nice that people are maybe interested [in another one],” he clarified, “but I’m not. I feel like that old guy who owns a little piece of property and won’t sell to the big power-plant that wants to take my land.”
“Get off of my land!” Burton snapped. “You pesky little… You ain’t getting this property! I don’t care what you want to build on it. You come on my property… Where’s my shotgun?”
Tim Burton Holds ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Jack Skellington Close to His Heart
Thirty years after The Nightmare Before Christmas’ release, the film is a massive success. Everywhere you look, there’s Jack Skellington and his many exaggerated facial expressions, especially during the holiday season. Back in 1993, however, it wasn’t exactly celebrated.
On the contrary, The Nightmare Before Christmas was a dubious project in Disney’s eyes. So much so that they released the “dark and scary” film under Touchstone Pictures to protect the Disney brand from being too closely associated with the spooky stop-motion flick.
Despite it being a little on the frightening side for Disney, however, The Nightmare Before Christmas found both critical and commercial success. Thirty years later, it has a dedicated cult following and is heralded as one of the greatest animated films of all time.
A sequel or reboot seems a given with this level of success. Jack Skellington, however, is simply too important to Tim Burton to alter or add to his story in any way.
Like many of Burton’s beloved outcasts, the Pumpkin King is a “character that’s perceived as dark, but is really light.”
“Those are the kinds of things that I love,” Burton said. “Whether it’s [Edward] Scissorhands or Batman, characters that have that. It represented all those feelings that I had. I was perceived as this dark character, when I didn’t feel that way. So it was a very personal character.”
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