Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas being digitally enhanced for 3-D release
Sally will drop nightshade into Dr. Finkelstein's tea in 3-D come Halloween, when Walt Disney Pictures releases a digitally remastered version of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
. The digital release of the 1993 stop-motion animated classic is set for October 20. The Nightmare Before Christmas
marks the second digital 3-D theatrical release from Disney after Chicken Little
did banner business last year in digital 3-D on 84 U.S. screens at 81 locations. The digital 3-D boxoffice returns outperformed the standard screenings nearly 3-to-1, according to Disney estimates.
Burton and The Nightmare Before Christmas
director Henry Selick are involved in the digital remastering of the stop-mo feature starring Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town.
"When visitors came to visit the set of The Nightmare Before Christmas
they were always amazed by the intricate sets and beautiful puppets, that they actually existed in miniature," Selick said Monday. "It was disappointing to see this effect lost on film. By remastering for 3-D, I hope that some of this magic can be captured and shown to the audience in a way they've never seen before."
Disney's rerelease of the wicked tale represents the first 3-D feature to stake a claim on the Halloween holiday, much like Warner Bros. Pictures called dibs on the Christmas frame with the 3-D rerelease of 2004's The Polar Express
. The Nightmare Before Christmas
is in the early stages of being digitally scanned and converted into 3-D by the computer-graphics group at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic.
Executives were reluctant to discuss the design of the 3-D passive glasses that will be handed out to audiences at The Nightmare Before Christmas
screenings but suggested they will be appropriately ghoulish and collectible.
Domestically, The Nightmare Before Christmas
made $50.3 million when first released in 1993.