Other Titles • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (USA Fan's title) (1993) • Predbozicna mora (1993) • Pesadilla antes de Navidad (1993) • Painajainen ennen joulua (1993) • Miasteczko Halloween (1993) • O Estranho Mundo de Jack (1993) • El extrano mundo de Jack (1993)
Quotes from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington: [singing] There's children throwing snowballs / instead of throwing heads / they're busy building toys / and absolutely no one's dead!
Mayor: Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!
Dr. Finkelstein: Sally, that's twice this month you've slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off. Sally: Three times!
Mayor: We've got to find Jack! There's only 365 days left until next Halloween! Wolfman: 364!
Santa: 'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you've seen in your dreams. For the story you're about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you've probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven't I'd say it's time you begun.
Jack Skellington: [singing] My dearest friend, if you don't mind I'd like to join by your side Where we can gaze into the stars... Jack Skellington, Sally: [singing] And sit together, now and forever For it is plain as anyone can see, We're simply meant to be.
Jack Skellington: [singing] Just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I can't believe it!
[Oogie Boogie rolls the dice] Oogie Boogie Man: What? Snake Eyes? [he pounds his fist] Oogie Boogie Man: *Eleven*!
[to the Easter Bunny] Behemoth: Bunny!
[to his new creation, as he inserts part of his own brain] Dr. Finkelstein: You will be a decided improvement over that treacherous Sally. We'll have conversations *worth* having.
Sally: Lunch! Dr. Finkelstein: Ah, what's that? [sniffs] Dr. Finkelstein: Wormswort! [sniffs suspiciously] Dr. Finkelstein: ...and frogs breath? Sally: I thought you liked frog's breath. Dr. Finkelstein: Nothing's more suspicious than frog's breath. Until you taste it, I won't swallow a spoonful! Sally: I'm not hungry. [pretends to accidentally drop the spoon] Sally: Oops! Dr. Finkelstein: You want me to starve! An old man like me who hardly has strength as it is! Me! To whom you owe your very life! Sally: Oh, don't be silly! [Dips a sifting spoon in the soup and pretends to taste it] Sally: Mmmm! See? Scrumptious.
Jack Skellington: We take an oversized sock and hang it right here on the wall. Mr. Hyde: Oh, yes. Does it still have a foot? Smaller Mr. Hyde: Let me see, let me look. Smallest Mr. Hyde: Is it rotted and covered with gook?
Jack Skellington: [unwrapping Oogie Boogie] How dare you mistreat my friend so shamefully!
Police officer: Attacked by Christmas toys? That's strange, that's the second toy complaint we've had.
Lock, Shock, Barrel: [singing] Kidnap the Santa Claus / beat him with a stick / lock him up for ninety years / see what makes him tick.
Kid: Santa? Jack Skellington: Merry Christmas! And what is your name? Kid: uh... uh... Jack Skellington: That's all right. I have a present for you anyway. Merry Christmas! [slips out the chimney] Mother: And what did Santa bring you, Honey? [kid shows parents his present - a shrunken head; parents scream]
Mayor: The King of Halloween has been blown to smithereens. Skeleton Jack is now a pile of dust.
Oogie Boogie Man: You a gambling man santy?
Jack Skellington: [singing] And since I am dead, I can take off my head, to recite Shakespearean quotations.
Santa: Haven't you heard of peace on earth and goodwill toward men? Lock, Shock, Barrel: NO!
Sally: [singing] And will we ever / End up together? / No, I think not / It's never to become / For I am not the one.
Jack Skellington: [singing] And on a dark cold night, when the moon is high, he flies into the air like a vulture in the sky! [in a deeper tone] Jack Skellington: And they call him Sandy Claws!
[pushing Sandy down the pipe] Shock: I think he might be too big. Lock: No he's not, if he can go down a chimney he can fit down here.
Police officer: Attention. Attention, please. Terrible news. There is still no sign of Santa Claus. Although, the imposter has been shot down, it looks like Christmas will have to be cancelled this year. I repeat: Although, the imposter has been shot down, but there is still no sign of the real Santa Claus... [fades off in the distance]
Mr. Hyde: I tromped through the pumpkin patch.
Santa: [singing] Release me now or you'll have to face the dire consequences / The children are expecting me, so please come to your senses. Oogie Boogie Man: [singing] You're jokin', you're jokin' / I can't believe my ears / Would someone shut this fella up / I'm drownin' in my tears / It's funny, I'm laughing / You really are too much / And now, with your permission / I'm going to do my stuff Santa: [fearfully] What are you going to do? Oogie Boogie Man: I'm gonna do the best I can!
Santa: Release me fast or you will have to answer for this heinous act.
Jack Skellington: Sally! I need your help most of all. Sally: You certainly do, Jack. I've had the most horrible vision! Jack Skellington: That's wonderful!
Dr. Finkelstein: You've poisoned me for the last time, you wretched girl!
Jack Skellington: [singing] Of course I've been too close to see, the answers right in front of me!
Mayor: Oh, how horrible our Christmas will be! Jack Skellington: No, how jolly! Mayor: Ooohhh... [looking really depressed] Mayor: How jolly our Christmas will be...
Jack Skellington: And one more thing... leave that no-account-Oogie-Boogie out of this! Barrel: Whatever you say, Jack. Shock: Of course, Jack. Lock: Wouldn't dream of it, Jack. [they cross their fingers]
Mayor: [singing] What a splendid idea! This "Christmas" sounds fun. I fully endorse it - let's try it at once!
Oogie Boogie Man: Jack, I thought you were dead. You must be - double dead!
Sally: I had the most terrible vision. Jack Skellington: That's splendid! Sally: No - it was about your Christmas. There was smoke... and fire! Jack Skellington: That's not *my* Christmas! *My* Christmas is filled with laugh and joy... and this: my Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it. Sally: Jack please listen to me. It's going to be a disaster! Jack Skellington: How could it be? Just follow the pattern! [holds up design of outfit] Jack Skellington: This part's red, the trim is white... Sally: It's a mistake, Jack! Jack Skellington: Now don't be modest. Who else is clever enough to make my Sandy Claws outfit?
Jack Skellington: [singing] What's this? / What's this? / There's color everywhere / What's this? / There's white things in the air / What's this? / I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming / Wake up, Jack! This isn't fair! / What's this?
Jack Skellington: [singing] You know, I think this Christmas thing / Is not as tricky as it seems / And why should they have all the fun / It should belong to anyone / Not anyone, in fact, but me! / Why, I could make a Christmas tree / There's not a reason I can find / That I can't have a Christmas time / I bet I could improve it, too / And that's exactly what I'll do!
Shock: [singing] I wish my cohorts weren't so dumb. Barrel: [singing] I'm not the dumb one. Lock: [singing] You're no fun! Shock: [singing] Shut up! Lock: [singing] Make me!
Jack Skellington: Forgive me, Mr. Claus. I'm sorry I made a mess of your holiday. Santa: Bumpy sleigh ride, Jack? Next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to her. [points to Sally] Santa: She's the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum. Jack Skellington: I hope there's still time. Santa: To fix Christmas? Of course there is! I'm Santa Claus! [flies out chimney]
Jack Skellington: Eureka! This year Christmas will be ours!
Jack Skellington: The job I have for you is top secret. It requires skill, craft, cunning... Shock: And we thought you didn't like us, Jack.
Lock: [singing] I say that we load a cannon, aim it at his door, and then knock three times, and when he answers, Sandy Claws will be no more! Shock: [singing] You're so stupid, Lock! Now, if we blow him up to smithereens, we may lose some pieces! Lock, Shock: [singing] And then Jack will be just black and green!
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