The Nightmare Before Christmas

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 film about the inhabitants of Halloween Town who kidnap Santa Claus and take over Christmas one year, and the chaos that follows.

Directed by Henry Selick. Written by Tim Burton, Michael McDowell and Caroline Thompson.
A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & stunning animation.

Jack Skellington

  • [Singing] And since I am dead, I can take off my head, to recite Shakespearean quotations / No animal or man can SCREAM like I can, with the fury of my recitations!
  • [Singing] What's this? / What's this? / There's color everywhere / What's this? / There's white things in the air / What's this? / I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming / Wake up, Jack! This isn't fair! / What's this?
  • [Singing] There's children throwing snowballs / instead of throwing heads / they're busy building toys / and absolutely no one's dead!
  • And they call him "Sandy Claws".
  • [Singing] Of course I've been too close to see, the answer's right in front of me!
  • [Singing] Just because I cannot see it doesn't mean I can't believe it!
  • [Singing] You know, I think this Christmas thing / Is not as tricky as it seems, / And why should they have all the fun? / It should belong to anyone! / Not anyone, in fact, but me! / Why, I could make a Christmas tree, / And there's no reason I can find / I couldn't handle Christmas time! / I bet I could improve it, too, / And that's exactly what I'll do!
  • Eureka! This year Christmas will be ours!


  • Jack, please, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!
  • [Singing] What a splendid idea! This "Christmas" sounds fun. I fully endorse it — let's try it at once!
  • Terrible news, folks! The worst tragedy of our times! The King of Halloween has been blown to smithereens! Skeleton Jack is now a pile of dust!


  • I thought you liked frog's breath!
  • Mmmmm drink up!
  • [Singing] I sense there's something in the wind/ that feels like tragedy at hand./ And though I'd like to stand by him/ can't shake this feeling that I have.
  • [singing] And will we ever / End up together? / No, I think not / It's never to become / For I am not the one.


  • ME on vacation?! On Christmas Eve?
  • [Singing] Release me now or you must face the dire consequences!
  • [Singing] Release me fast, or you will have to answer for this heinous act!
  • Bumpy sleigh ride, Jack? The next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to her. [points to Sally] She's the only one who makes any sense in this insane asylum!

Dr. Finkelstein

  • Frog's Breath? Nothing's more suspicious than Frog's Breath!!
  • You've poisoned me for the last time, you wretched girl!
  • You can come out now if you promise to behave. Sally? Sally? Oooooh! Gone again!
  • [To his new creation] You will be a decided improvement over that treacherous Sally. We'll have conversations worth having.

Oogie Boogie

  • [Singing] Well, well, well. What have we here? / Sandy Claws, huh? Ooooh, I'm really scared (!) / So YOU'RE the one everybody's talkin' about, HA HA HA HA! / You're jokin'! You're jokin'! I can't believe my eyes! / You're jokin' me! You gotta be! This CAN'T be the right guy! / He's ancient. He's UGLY. I don't know which is worse! / I might just split a seam, now, if I don't die laughin' first! / Mister Oogie Boogie says there's trouble close at hand. / You'd better pay attention, now, 'cause I'm the Boogie Man, / And if you aren't SHAKIN', there's somethin' very wrong, / 'Cause this may be the last time you hear the Boogie Song!/ You're crazy! You're joking! I can't believe my ears!/ Will SOMEONE shut this fellow up? I'm drownin' in my tears.
  • [Singing] The sound of rolling dice, to me, is music in the air, / 'Cause I'm a gamblin' Boogie Man, although I don't play fair! / It's much more fun, I must confess, with lives on the line! / Not mine, of course, but YOURS, old boy! Now that'd be just fine!
  • You a gamblin' man, Sandy?
  • It's Oogie's turn to Boogie now!
  • Jack! But they said you were dead. You must be... DOUBLE DEAD!
  • My bugs! My bugs!
  • [as he's about to drop Sally and Santa in his snake and spider stew] Bye bye, doll face, and sand-man.


Narrator: Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems, / In a place perhaps you've seen in your dreams; / For the story that you are about to be told / Took place in the holiday worlds of old. / Now you've probably wondered where holidays come from. / If you haven't, I'd say it's time you begun.

Police Officer: Attacked by Christmas toys? That's strange, that's the second toy complaint we've had.


Jack: Forgive me, Mr. Claws. I'm afraid I've made a terrible mess of your holiday.
Santa: Bumpy sleigh ride, Jack?! The next time you get the urge to take over someone else's holiday, I'd listen to HER. [points to Sally] She's the only one who makes any SENSE around this insane asylum! [mutters to himself] Skeletons, boogie-men...
Jack: I hope there's still time.
Santa: To save Christmas? Of course there is! I'm Santa Claus!

[The Mayor walks up to Jack's house and rings the doorbell, while humming "This Is Halloween." After two tries, no one answers]
Mayor: Jack? You home?
[No response. The Mayor's face changes to his "sad" face. He knocks on the door, then changes back to his "happy" face]
Mayor: Jack! I've got the plans for next Halloween! I need to go over them with you so we can get started! [drops the plans, switches to "sad" face] Jack, please! I'm only an elected official here! I can't make decisions by myself! [pulls out megaphone] Jack! Answer me! [falls backwards, crashing into the gate]
Trumpet player: He's not home.
Mayor: Where is he?
Saxophone player: He hasn't been home all night.

Mayor: We've got to find Jack! There's only 365 days until next Halloween!
Werewolf: 364!
Mayor: Is there any place we've forgotten to check?
Clown: I looked in every mausoleum.
Witches: We opened the sarcophagi!
Mr. Hyde: I tromped through the Pumpkin Patch.
Vampire: I peeked behind the Cyclops' Eye. I did, but he wasn't there!

Mayor: Where have you been?
Jack: Call a town meeting and I'll tell everyone all about it!
Mayor: When?
Jack: Immediately!

Jack: [Singing] We take an oversized sock, and hang it like this on a wall.
Mr. Hyde: [eagerly] [Singing] Oh, yes! Does it still have a foot?
Smaller Mr. Hyde: [Singing] Let me see, let me look!
Smallest Mr. Hyde: [Singing] Is it rotted and covered with gook?!

Dr. Finkelstein: That's twice this month you've slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off.
Sally: [correcting] Three times.
Dr. Finkelstein: You're mine, you know! I MADE you! With my own hands.
Sally: Then you can make other creations. I'm restless! I can't help it!
Dr. Finkelstein: It's just a phase, my dear. It'll pass. We just need to be patient, that's all.
Sally: But I don't want to be patient!

Dr. Finkelstein: What's this? Worm's Wart! [starts to eat, then sniffs again] And Frog's Breath?
Sally: W-what's the matter? I thought you liked Frog's Breath.
Dr. Finkelstein: Nothing's more suspicious than Frog's Breath! Until you taste it, I won't swallow a spoonful!
Sally: I'm not hungry [purposely knocks the spoon out of his hand] Oops!
Dr. Finkelstein: You want me to starve. Me, an old man who barely has enough strength as it is. [Sally knocks the spoon under the table and pulls one with hole out from her sock] Me, to whom you owe your very life!
Sally: Oh, don't be silly. [as the soup pours out from the holed spoon, Sally pretends to taste it] Mmm, see? Scrumptious!
[Dr. Finkelstein excitedly picks up the bowl and begins consuming the soup]

Mayor: [cheerfully] How horrible our Christmas will be!
Jack: No, how JOLLY!
Mayor: Ohhh... [depressed] How jolly our Christmas will be...

Jack: And one more thing... leave that no-account Oogie Boogie out of this!
Barrel: Whatever you say, Jack.
Shock: Of course, Jack.
Lock: Wouldn't dream of it, Jack.
[They cross their fingers behind their backs.]

Shock: [singing] I wish my cohorts weren't so dumb.
Barrel: [singing] I'm not the dumb one.
Lock: [singing] You're no fun!
Shock: [singing] Shut up!
Lock: [singing] Make me!

Lock, Shock, Barrel: [singing] Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws! / Beat him with a stick! / Lock him up for ninety years! / See what makes him tick!

Sally: I had the most terrible vision.
Jack: That's splendid!
Sally: No - it was about your Christmas. There was smoke, and fire...
Jack: That's not MY Christmas! MY Christmas is filled with laughter, and joy... and this: my Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it.
Sally: Jack, please listen to me. It's going to be a disaster!
Jack: How could it be? Just follow the pattern! This part's red, the trim is white...
Sally: It's a mistake, Jack!
Jack: Now, don't be modest. Who else is clever enough to make my Sandy Claws outfit?

Santa: Haven't you heard of peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men?
Lock, Shock, Barrel: NO!

Shock: [pushing Santa down the pipe] I think he might be too big!
Lock: No he's not. If he can fit down a chimney, he can fit down here.

Kid: Santa?
Jack: Merry Christmas! And what is your name?
Kid: I... um...
Jack: That's all right. I have a present for you anyway. There you go, sonny!
[Jack slips out up the chimney, cackling as he goes]
Mother: And what did Santa bring you, Honey?
[The kid shows his parents his present—a shrunken head.]
Mother, Father Aaaaaahhhhhh!

Santa: [singing] Release me now, or you must face the dire consequences! / The children are expecting me, so please come to your senses...
Oogie: [singing] You're jokin'! You're jokin'! I can't believe my ears! / Would someone shut this fella up?! I'm drownin' in my tears! / He's funny! I'm laughing! You really are too much! / And now, with your permission, I'm going to do my stuff.
Santa: [fearfully] What are you going to do?
Oogie: I'm gonna do the best I can!

Jack: How did you get down here, Sally?
Sally: Uh, well, I was trying to...well, I wanted to...
Jack: To help me?
Sally: I couldn't let you just...
Jack: Sally, I can't believe I never realized that you...
[he is interrupted by a spotlight suddenly shining on them, held by the Mayor]

Jack: [singing] My dearest friend, if you don't mind, / I'd like to join you by your side, / Where we can gaze into the stars...
Jack and Sally: [singing in unison] And sit together / Now and forever. / For it is plain / As anyone can see / We're simply meant to be.


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