CG idea came up years ago
In anticipation of the August 26th release of Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector’s Edition DVD, director Henry Selick participated in an online discussion with Shock to talk about the film fifteen years later.
Naturally, the talks turned to sequel possibilities of which Selick says, “There has been discussions over the years about a possible sequel. When those discussions came up about 7 years ago it was unsettling that it was suggested this time it would have to be done in CG. I’m glad that did not happen. But as far as coming up ideas for a sequel, you have to admit there are a lot of other great holidays for Jack Skellington to take over.”
He adds that he has grown used to the idea of the film becomes a merchandising smash hit and is pleased the characters of Jack and Sally have captured an audience. “But this did not happen right away it has taken years for our initial cult audience to grow into a pop culture phenomenon. Just this past Halloween, we had some girls show up at the house in Nightmare Before Christmas costumes and my wife and I pointed out one of the original Jack Skellington and the Skellington Reindeer [puppets] which was in our office. It blew their minds and they screamed with joy, taking their handfuls of candy and went away just full of life.”
Selick is six weeks away from completing the animation process on Coraline, a new dark fantasy feature film featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ian McShane.