‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Director Henry Selick Says Tim Burton ‘Had Very Little to Do’ with Movie


The Bad dream Before Christmas chief Henry Selick says he has “won numerous a bar bet” over individuals thinking Tim Burton coordinated the exemplary energized film.

In another meeting distributed by The A.V. Club on Monday, Selick said that the film’s special styling as Tim Burton’s Bad dream Before Christmas “was somewhat out of line since it wasn’t called Tim Burton’s Bad dream until three weeks before the film emerged.” Burton thought of the story and character plans, and co-created the darling film.


“Furthermore, I would have been fine with that, assuming that is what I pursued,” Selick, 69, told the power source of the 1993 stop-movement enlivened melodic.

“However, Tim was in L.A. making two elements while I coordinated that film, and I mean, Tim is a virtuoso — or he unquestionably was in his most imaginative years.

I generally thought his story was awesome, and he planned the principal characters. However, it was truly me and my group of individuals who rejuvenated that.”

During the meeting, Selick additionally kidded that “assuming you ask [composer] Danny Elfman, indeed, that is his film,” regarding the performer and arranger’s notorious score and melodies from the film. “At the point when we completed the film, it was so interesting in light of the fact that [Elfman] came dependent upon me and shook my hand,” Selick told The A.V. Club.

“‘Henry, you’ve worked effectively showing my melodies!’ And he was not kidding around, and I adored it!”

“Fine,” Selick added. “In any case, my thing was I will hold tight lengthy enough to where individuals really say, “Gracious, that person Henry, he stuffs.”

Selick, whose profession in movement likewise incorporates coordinating 1993’s Roald Dahl variation James and the Monster Peach and 2009’s Coraline, said in the meeting that he “truly, genuinely like[s] to team up,” yet kept up with that it was he — not Burton — who did the brunt of the work on Bad dream Before Christmas.

“I’ll simply go through it once more. Tim Burton had next to no to do with the creation of Bad dream Before Christmas. Yet, it was his thought,” Selick said.

“It was his personality plans. Yet, he endowed me since he knew me and the head of storyboards, Joe Ranft. However, it was my group up in San Francisco that made that.”

“He appeared toward the end with a proofreader and managed out a stuff to straighten out the film,” Selick added of Burton’s work on the film.

A rep for Burton didn’t quickly answer Individuals’ solicitation for input.