Read on and find out the inspiration behind The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Who doesn’t love the famous Nightmare Before Christmas? It is the best of both worlds. It is perfect for Halloween and it still is perfect for Christmas as well.

So, who knows, where the Nightmare of Christmas got its inspiration from?

The movie came about from a 3-page poem written by Tim Burton himself, while he was a Disney animator in the early 1980s. He was inspired by Halloween decor and feel. He also took inspiration from the TV specials: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", and the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”




Tim Burton created a poetic parody on the Christmas rhyme, “It was The nightmare before Christmas/And all through the house/not a creature was peaceful/not even a mouse.”



Initially, written in 1982, it did not have a romantic component as it was portrayed once it went to film. Sally, Jack’s rag doll admirer in the movie was a lovely added addition in my opinion. It just gave it that softer tone that the movie needed so t does not have the scary elements only. Other than that, the movie stays true to the original script.

In 1993, Jack was introduced to a wider audience., However, Disney did not have kids in mind when they began their marketing strategies. It was intended for a much older audience, because the original poem was capable of eliciting both fear and wonder all at once. Then who would have though that decades late, it will be love by movie-lovers of all ages.





In the original poem written by Tim Burton, the only characters that existed were Jack, Zero and Santa. All the other characters were made up for the movies, although he describes some of the presents which were given out, including in some cases the names of the children.

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If you want to hear the original poem then definitely follow the link to Tim Burton's the original poem "The Nightmare Before Christmas."