LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of Tim Burton's holidayfavorite, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" will have a chance to see the film in a whole new way when it makes its debut in Disney Digital 3-D(TM) on October 20th. The enormously popular stop-motion animated feature,directed by Henry Selick and presented by Walt Disney Pictures, has been converted from its original 2-D format into a stunning dimensional and enchanting 3-D version using the latest advancements in 3-D technology andanimation. It is the first movie in industry history to be released exclusively in Digital 3-D, and it represents the first time in the history of motion pictures that a 3-D feature has been created from an existing animated classic. The film opens October 20th and will play in over 200 theatres worldwide. On the same bill will be a newly rendered digital 3-Dversion of Pixar's delightful 1989 computer-animated short film, "KnickKnack
," directed by Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker John Lasseter. Tickets for all engagements nationwide are now on sale at http://www.Nightmare3Dmovie.com
Commenting on the announcement, Tim Burton said, "For me, turning 'Nightmare Before Christmas' into digital 3-D has taken a very pure little gem and made it that much better. I am extremely happy about the fact that the movie has kept its purity and the 3-D actually adds much more to it. It's almost like being on the set -- you can see the texture of the puppets, and see the characters in the foreground and others in the background. When we were making the movie, we felt in our hearts like our characters were real. When you see it in 3-D, everything comes to life and you can literally see through the eye sockets of Jack Skellington. I am thrilled that all the die hard fans, as well as a new generation of moviegoers, will get the opportunity to experience the movie in a whole new way."
Veteran Disney animation producer Don Hahn, who led the Disney team inconverting the film to 3-D, said, "You really haven't seen 'Nightmare Before Christmas' until you've seen it in Disney Digital 3-D. Moviegoers will be able to enter Halloweentown and feel like they're actually there with Jack Skellington, Sally, and all of the wonderful characters that sprang from Tim Burton's imagination." Disney Digital 3-D(TM) combines premier Disney creative content with state-of-the-art Digital 3-D projection technology to deliver an unparalleled 3-D motion picture experience that is not only presented with digital clarity, but is also exhibited in a manner that makes it incredibly comfortable for the audience to experience. An award-winning team of technicians and animators at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), incollaboration with In-Three Inc., helped Disney to convert the film from 2-D to 3-D by creating a new right eye image (by animating digitized versions of the original puppet characters and projecting footage of thesets onto dimensional geometry).
First released in 1993, Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was directed by Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach"), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters -- Lock, Shock, and Barrel-- to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Jack eventually realizes his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can make things right and restore the Christmas holiday. With ten ghoulishly delightful songs by Danny Elfman (who also provided the singing voice for Jack) and the vocal talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, and Ken Page, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a uniqueand entertaining moviegoing experience.