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Pixar Worked on The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Pixar Worked on The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Pixar Worked on The Nightmare Before Christmas?! What!? How did I never know this?

There are always facts flying around to do with Nightmare Before Christmas, things that I already knew, like, Tim Burton didn’t direct it. The whole Tim Burton involvement is that he came up with the story and gives the film it’s overall style from the sketches he had made (If you have got any of his sketchbooks, you should check them out. The Melancholy Life of Oyster Boy is a great one). He was the producer. The producer can have a great deal of artistic input but leaves most of the day-to-day to the director, which in this case was Henry Selick.

Tim burton wrote a poem, on which the film was eventually based while he was working at Disney, either on the Fox and the Hound, or the Black Cauldron.

But to my surprise, if you watch the credits of the nightmare before Christmas, you can plainly see PIXAR in big letters. Yes, Pixar worked on the nightmare before Christmas. But in what capacity? I really want to know. They probably did the smallest bit of CGI. My thoughts now are that they had some part in the fireworks scene, as points based lights and particles are probably the easiest things to do on the computer, and hardest to do via stop-motion. I’m going to have to watch the film again to really work it out. The annoying thing is, there really isn’t much information on the internet either.

So What did Pixar Do?

In all likelihood, they probably did the smallest bit of CGI. My thoughts now are that they had some part in the fireworks scene, as points based lights and particles are probably the easiest things to do on the computer, and hardest to do via stop-motion. I’m going to have to watch the film again to really work it out. The annoying thing is, there really isn’t much information on the internet either.

Pixar’s own history of the company jumps from the short animation Knick Knack in 1989, to “Disney and Pixar announce an agreement to make and
distribute at least one computer-generated animated movie” to Toy Story in 1995. Completely glossing over the 1992-1993 timeframe that any NBC work would have taken place. Such a shame. I know that they had worked on a few feature films, as a special effects company, which under George Lucus’ ownership as part of Lucasfilm.

They have also released a Nightmare Before Christmas book, illustrated by Burton himself.

Check it:

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Luke B

Luke B started life on his day of birth, strangely. He enjoys artistic and creative pursuits such as painting, drawing, sculpture, music, 3D graphics, video games and everything else. He builds websites as his day-job and builds personal ones in his spare time. He also likes Lego.

3 Comments

  1. Luke B

    Best movie at Christmas time! 🙂

    Reply
  2. Troy S

    Best movie anytime really. One of my faves!

    Reply
    • Luke B

      It is a good film! Thanks for the info about Danny Elfman by the way! And thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply

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