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The Nightmare Before Christmas Characters

Updated on October 8, 2014

The Nightmare Before Christmas Characters are the Heart & Story

The characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas are the heart of Tim Burton's film and you can learn about each and every one of them here. Along with getting to know their personalities you can find everything from collector figurines to key chains to the soundtrack of the film. Which by the way, if you have yet to see The Nightmare Before Christmas then purchasing it on Blu-Ray 3D or Blu-Ray is where you must begin!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition)

Tim Burton. Wikipedia

Release date: October 9, 1993 (initial release)

Director: Henry Selick

MPAA rating: PG

Running time: 76 minutes


The Nightmare Before Christmas - Tim Burton's Claymation Triumph

From its release in 1993 the Nightmare Before Christmas has remained a Tim Burton claymation favorite. Every Christmas you can find Jack Skellington's story being played right along other holiday classics. If you are like me and do not want to risk having to wait a whole year for the experience then purchase The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition) and watch it any day of the year.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)

Enjoy three-discs of Nightmare Before Christmas: Blu-Ray 3D/ Blue-Ray/ DVD/Digital Copy)


The Nightmare Before Christmas on Blu-Ray, DVD, & Special Edition - I own it. Do you?

I love the three-disc set because it includes 3D, Blue-Ray, and DVD which means....everyone can have their favorite way to watch covered. If those seem like a bit much then get it on DVD, Blu-Ray, or both. Sorry, no VHS copies available here!

Nightmare Before Christmas Trailer: The tale of two very different people and the holiday spirit which brought them together.

The Backdrop of Halloween Town - Where everyone from Halloween lives all year round

The film centers around the character of Jack Skellington, the famous Pumpkin King and revered figure of Halloween town. Halloween town is where all the characters from the holiday of Halloween live during the rest of the year and prepare for the next Halloween. Jack is famous for the terror he can inspire and his presence as the Pumpkin King makes him "a witch's fondest dream." Despite having an actual mayor, the people of Halloween Town look to Jack for leadership and advice.

Jack Skellington

Voiced by: Chris Sarandon Danny Elfman (singing in film)

Jack is the pumpkin king. He is famous and revered throughout the Halloween world. Unknown to them, he finds himself with an emptiness unable to be filled by his fame. He tries to recreate the warm feelings of joy found in the Christmas world by attempting to do the work of Santa. Jack is completely blind to what is actually important and his choices only bring destruction and chaos. Not until the end does he truly find the answer to his emptiness.

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Wall Decal - For Your Car, Walls, or Wherever

Jack Skellington is one of Tim Burton's most beloved Claymation characters and can be seen all over. If you want to capture the Pumpkin King then purchase a wall decal featuring the Nightmare Before Christmas's hero or one with both Jack and Sally.

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally Vinyl Wall Decal Decor
Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally Vinyl Wall Decal Decor

Jack and Sally's most memorable scene is captured on this Vinyl Wall Decor. Get the Nightmare Before Christmas wall quote and complete the entire scene.



Voiced by Catherine O'Hara

Sally is the main female character. She looks like a rag-doll version of frankenstein and was created by Finkelstein to essentially be his servant. Sally is constantly finding ways to slip away from him and wants to be free. After being locked away for slipping away again, she makes the decision to jump from the high window and smash to the ground below. She finds herself falling for Jack but believes she has no chance of being with him. After a horrifying premonition of Jack's 'Christmas,' she tries to desperately stop him but fails. She takes matters in her own hands and nearly dies while trying to save Santa Claus only to be rescued at the last moment by Jack.

Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Figurines - Sally Dolls and Action Figures

Sally is an evil scientist's most beautiful creation. She is deeply compassionate, intelligent, and has dreams beyond this world which make her such a unique figure in the film. Her figure has been captured here in different poses and expressions.


Zero is Jack's most trusted comrade. He is a ghost dog with a brightly glowing nose which later leads him to become the 'Rudolph' who allows Jack to continue his chaotic Christmas despite Sally's best attempts to stop it. Zero is the one character who Jack allows to be with him when admitting his feelings of emptiness. His dog does not speak but clearly is a large part of Jack's life and a witness throughout his inner battles.

Zero Figurines and Gadgets from The NIghtmare Before Christmas - One deathly amazing ghost dog

Zero does not speak during the film but he is always a character people remember. It could be his bright nose (a light-up jack-o-lantern) or his happy personality which draws us to him. Either way, he is a character to definitely collect.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Stuffed Plush Toy
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Stuffed Plush Toy

This zero stuffed plush toy makes a cute gift for any person who loves plushies.

Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Piece Paperweight Set - Jack & Zero
Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Piece Paperweight Set - Jack & Zero

The deadly duo of Jack & Zero can decorate your desk as this collector paperweight set.


Doctor Finkelstein

Voiced by William Hickley

Finkelstein is Sally's creator and declares himself as her owner. He is a mad scientist at heart and has little patience for her constant disobedience. Eventually he grows tired of Sally's antics and creates a new doll more befitting of himself. He aids Jack in creating the reindeer for his sleigh.

Dr. Finkelstein Collector Figurines & Conceptual Art - Our favorite mad scientist from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Dr. Finkelstein is the necessary evil scientist in Tim Burton's Christmas classic. Ironically this evil scientist is the creator of the sweet and compassionate Sally, a complete opposite.

Dr. Finkelstein Nightmare Before Christmas Mini Figure
Dr. Finkelstein Nightmare Before Christmas Mini Figure

This mini figurine is part of the The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figurines, Series One. Dr. Finkelstein is featured here in his wheel chair.

Nightmare Before Christmas Series 2 Dr. Finklestein Action Figure
Nightmare Before Christmas Series 2 Dr. Finklestein Action Figure

Series 2 shows a different...a bit grouchier side to Dr. Finkelstein. If you are a collector, then this is one must for the collection!

Nightmare Before Christmas/Dr. Finklestein Action Figure S.1
Nightmare Before Christmas/Dr. Finklestein Action Figure S.1

I love this action figure because it features one of the most unique parts of this character. Instead of scratching his head, Dr. F will push his skull open and scratch his brain!


Oogie Boogie

Voiced by Ken Page

Oogie Boogie is a mischievous and spiteful character. He lives away from the Halloween society and has an obsession with dangerous gambling games. When Santa is delivered to him by Oogie's minions, he attempts to destroy him along with Sally.. Oogie pretends to support Jack but tries his best to slyly kill him when the Pumpkin King steps in to save Sally and Santa

Oogie Boogie Game, Figurines, and Novelty - Evil, Scary, Yet Surprisingly Fun

Oogie Boogie is the 'shadow behind the moon at night' and one evil sack of stuff. His gambling flair and bulky figure make him the perfect figure for unique ideas like Nightmare Before Christmas Operation and even a Oogie Boogie Cookie Jar.

Oogie Boogie the nightmare before christmas figure
Oogie Boogie the nightmare before christmas figure

If you are a Nightmare Before Christmas Collector then make sure you get this Oogie Boogie figurine.


The Trick or Treaters

Lock, Shock, and Barrel

A sly gang of three who love to play mischievous games and are loyal to Oogie Boogie. They capture Santa and against Jack's warning, deliver him to Oogie Boogie. The three appear to be apart from the regular Halloween society and are devious to the point of being cruel.

Lock, Shock, & Barrel Figurines, Keychains, and Plushies - The Most Evil Trick-or-Treaters You Hope Don't Show at Your Door

Lock, Shock, and Barrel are the three mischievous and sometimes downright evil trick-or-treaters. They have three completely different personalities which are perfectly depicted in their unique features (no one look fits all). Their antics make them hilarious collector figures or key chain decorators.

NECA The Nightmare Before Christmas Action Figure Boxed Set Lock, Shock, Barrel Bath Tub
NECA The Nightmare Before Christmas Action Figure Boxed Set Lock, Shock, Barrel Bath Tub

If you have seen the movie, you know all about the bathtub which once contained even the Easter bunny.


Who was your favorite character in the Nightmare Before Christmas?

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition Soundtrack - The Epic Music From the Epic Claymation Film

Composer Danny Elfman brings The Nightmare Before Christmas to life with his incredible soundtrack. His amazing musical talents are one of the reasons why he has continued on to compose in such films like Oz. Still, The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack is one of his most famous and well-known musical works.

~Jack's Lament~A True Song of Passion by Danny Elfman - 'There's an Emptiness in my Bones'

Jack's Lament is one of my favorite songs in the film and gives you a whole new appreciation for Claymation animation. You can actually get a feel for the character's emotions and it sets up the whole movie.

~Jack's Lament~ on Amazon MP3 - by Danny Elfman

"Oh somewhere deep inside of these bones

An emptyness began to grow

There's something out there far from my home

A longing that I've ne-ver known"

~A Moment from Jack's Lament~

~Sally's Song~with the vocal talent of Fiona Apple - A song of unrequited love

Sally's song is filled with the emotion of unrequited love and sad passion. The claymation again is wonderful as you can see from her expressions the feelings which have piled up in her longing for Jack. I love this song and recommend you give it a try.

~Sally's Song~on Amazon MP3 - Vocals by Fiona Apple

"And will we ever end up together?

no, I think not, it's never to become

For I am not the one"

~A Moment from Sally's Song~

Comments? Questions? Flames? Fellow Tim Burton Lover?

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    • Kalafina profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      I love the way he puts in a little love story too. I really have no love for romantic movies but Tim Burton has a way of somehow making it seem just a regular part of the story. Also, I love the Corpse Bride too. It's also interesting how claymation has come a really long way!

    • dappledesigns profile image


      3 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      one of my most favorite movies! I will watch any Tim Burton inspired movie!

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Love this movie, the darkness and the strange way claymation moves. It's great!

    • SimonJay profile image


      4 years ago

      First time i saw this movie on tv i was hooked yes it was a good film but its been a long time since i have seen it again that i don't remember it much.

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      5 years ago

      I had to watch this movie a couple of times before I really started to like it. Great review of the characters!


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