Burton did NOT direct the movie due to the film’s time commitment and his scheduling conflicts with Batman Returns.
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Disney wanted to build a Nightmare Before Christmas ride at Disneyland, but reportedly, Burton (who owns 50% of the rights to the characters) nixed the idea.
Tim Burton’s friend Danny Elfman wrote the songs and music for the film without a script or storyboard.
Burton turned down Disney’s request to make a sequel, stating that “some movies should be left alone. I think it keeps their spirit intact in a way.”
Jack Skelllington first appeared in Beetlejuice. His head can be seen atop Beetlejuice carnival hat.
Disney considered developing The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1982 as either a short film or 30-minute TV special. The studio eventually shelved it for being, “too weird.”