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Disney, Keep Your Bug-Filled Hands Away From 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 12, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 12, 2019 |


Since its release onto a home video format circa 1994, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas has held a special place in my heart. It’s the perfect Christmas movie to me because it is weird, creepy, full of monsters, and has great songs. I’ve watched it countless times, even taking my daughter to see it during the 2006 3D re-release into theaters.

It holds up, always. ALWAYS. As such, it needs no sequels nor does it require a live-action remake. Of course, that’s the rumor on the streets today. Disney is allegedly mulling over the ways in which it can squeeze more money out of a property better off left alone. And a live-action Jack Skellington?

It’s supposed to be creepy, but not “Will Smith As The Genie” creepy, Disney. Christ.


Even Tim Burton agrees with me (or he did in 2006):

“I was always very protective of [‘Nightmare’], not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things, just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it. Because it’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.” - MTV

The Mouse is already milking multiple properties right now, like Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and unending Pixar sequels. Disney does not need to ruin Jack and Sally the same way they did with multiple direct-to-home-video movies like Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Cinderella II, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, and some The Little Mermaid bullcrap I won’t even provide the honor of naming.

All of those were re-wrapped White Elephant gifts someone grabbed from the clearance bin at the Kwik-E-Mart.


You cannot tell me that Disney would use the stop-motion animation from the original in any animated sequels. Moving the characters out of that lush, three-dimensional world would diminish the whimsy and enjoyment. Pixar’s computer animation or Disney’s large-eyed animation styles would make the characters too soft and friendly looking for lots of Nightmare fans.

And can you even perceive the ferociously sub-par designs of live-action Oogie Boogie? Or Evil Scientist? Sally and Jack would be horrific for all of the wrong reasons. I hate the idea. I HATE IT.

DISNEY, KEEP YOUR MONEY-HUNGRY MITTS OFF OF MY NIGHTMARE AND FOCUS ON THE FOX PROPERTIES SOON TO BE IN YOUR GLOVED HANDS. Go back to making more princess movies with real people or something. Maybe add an entire Battle of New York section to one of your theme parks so people can experience the fallout from aliens fighting superhumans firsthand. It would be like the Disaster! ride from Universal Studios, but with more concussions.

You can have that idea for free as long as my demands are met.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

Image sources (in order of posting): Touchstone Pictures, Disney, FOX Network