"The Nightmare Before Christmas" may be a holiday classic, but even the most devoted viewers who watch the film every year at Christmas (or Halloween… or both) may not know a lot of the film’s more interesting factoids.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Tim Burton’s twisted masterpiece and a bunch of stories about how the film almost turned out differently. Here are seven major facts you probably didn’t know.
Burton Didn’t Direct
While the famed spooky film auteur did create the concept, story and characters for the movie, serve as producer on the film, and lend his name to the title ("Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas"), he was actually too busy with other work to direct. Henry Selick directed in Burton’s stead, before going on to direct other animated classics in the genre like James and the Giant Peach" and "Coraline."
Every Minute of Film Took a Week to Shoot
For exacting detail, filmmakers shot the movie at 24 frames per second, meaning the crew had to arrange characters and objects 24 times for every second of film. That hard work added up to 110,000 frames overall and a production time of over three years.