At the time, it was considered a bit of a disappointment. While costing only $18 million to make, the final tally at the box office barely broke $76 million. When you consider his later works have generated over a billion dollars in revenue (especially his take on Alice In Wonderland), it was a bit of a letdown for Tim Burton. Though he didn’t direct the film (stop motion animation expert Henry Selick was behind the lens), the anarchic auteur’s imprint was all over the look, feel, and storyline.
It’s Become A Holiday Classic
Since it’s 1993 debut, The Nightmare Before Christmas has become a holiday cult classic, gaining appreciation and a bigger fan base with the passing of each Autumn. While Burton went on to explore the cinematic style made famous by Ray Harryhausen and George Pal in The Corpse Bride, many wondered if, and when, he would return to the adventures of Jack Skellington and the other residents of Halloween Town. Back in 2001, Disney actually considered making a CG sequel to the film, but Burton nixed the idea. In 2004, there was a video game which focused on the villainous Mr. Oogie Boogie.
But It Wasn’t That Successful When It Was Released
Now, for the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, we are getting a sequel – of sorts. The House of Mouse has announced a new comic book take on the material. Called The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey, the narrative will focus on Jack’s beloved dog, and his adventures around Christmas Town. Produced by Tokyopop, the series – yes, there will be more than one issue – will be released, one at a time, in the Spring of 2018, with a final volume collecting all the issues to come later.
Now The Nightmare Before Christmas Is Getting A Sequel