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* AccidentalInnuendo:
** The song "What's This" has quite a few passages that, when listened to in the proper state of mind, sound like they're describing something [[DoubleEntendre completely different.]]
---> "I've never felt so good before
---> This empty place inside of me is filling up!
---> I simply cannot get enough!
---> I want it, oh, I want it
---> Oh, I want it for my own!"
** "In here they've got a little tree! [[HaveAGayOldTime How queer!]]"
** It gets worse during "Making Christmas". Jack seems to get a little ''[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre too]]'' excited. The lyrics make it worse:
--> I can't believe what's happening to me. My hopes, my dreams, my ''fantasies!'' *[[TheImmodestOrgasm giddy, high-pitched laughter]]*
** Let's all sing ''This Is Halloween''! "Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back" -- Wait a tick...
** Boogie's VillainSong makes it seem like [[BlackComedyRape he may have ulterior motives in his capture of Santa.]]
---> "And now, with your permission, I'm gonna do my stuff."
---> "What are you going to do?"
---> "I'm gonna do the best I can."
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Dr. Finklestein, '''Literature/{{Bigtime}}'''. Did he create Sally to be [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter his daughter]]? His SexSlave? An emotional companion? A servant? All of the above? Who knows! And what of [[spoiler: the mother-like figure he's with at the end?]]
** Someone has said that he doesn't consider Oogie Boogie evil. That person? Tim Burton.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The soundtrack, really. The movie WAS composed by DannyElfman, after all.
** The perfect incorporation of "This Is Halloween" into this man's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAXMtUCcp7o downright amazing Halloween light show]].
* AwesomeEgo: Jack Skellington.
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* CounterpartComparison: Even critics have noted that Jack's tale of taking over Christmas is similar to [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch]], right down to his dog pulling his sleigh.
* CrossoverShip:
** Jack has been shipped with Victor and Emily from ''CorpseBride''. There's even been a love triangle between him, Sally, and Emily.
** Sally's also been shipped with Bonejangles.
* DieForOurShip: Because she's Jack's official love interest, poor Sally gets bashed by fangirls who pair their MarySue [=OC=]s with Jack.
* DirectorDisplacement: The film is mostly known as Creator/TimBurton's work, and it is, but it was directed by Henry Selick.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Oogie Boogie tend to get this a lot, often making Jack into [[RonTheDeathEater a bully]] to do so. Also, ''Jack'' is probably one of the rare heroes (if not the only one) who gets this. Fans bash the military for shooting Jack down, despite the fact that they were justified in doing so.
** Lock, Shock and Barrel have quite the popular fanbase, despite them being three homicidal, malicious, violent children. Although they do a HeelFaceTurn later...
* EarWorm:
** "This Is Halloween"
** "What's This?"
** "Oogie Boogie's Song".
** "Kidnap The Sandy Claws".
** The tune that pops up multiple times in the film, when Jack sings: "Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones..." You will never get that one riff out of your head, ''ever''.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Harlequin Demon has a reasonable amount of [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?order=9&q=nightmare+before+christmas+harlequin+demon&offset=0 fanart]].
* FanPreferredCouple: Apart from the already canon couple Jack/Sally, people often prefer Lock/Shock as well.
* FauxSymbolism: A skeletal creature trying to supplant a ruler of his crown, being shot down and falling, WreathedInFlames, into [[PietaPlagiarism the arms of a stone]] ''[[PietaPlagiarism angel]]?'' There's ''got'' to be something to that.
* FoeYay:
** Come on, there's really no reason why, when he decided to show, Jack had to announce his presence to [[BigBad Oogie Boogie]] looking like [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Akward_______2623.jpg he's trying to seduce him]].
** Then there's Oogie's ShoutOut comment to Santa, sounding like Oogie's going to ''[[{{Squick}} rape]]'' him.
** The ShowSomeLeg scene! Seriously, that's probably the reason for the Oogie/Sally ship!
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Mayor]] ends up falling down the stairs of Jack's house trying to get Jack. This is hilarious until you realize that the Mayor's voice actor Glenn Shadix died because of blunt trauma to the head following a fall at his Birmingham condo.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Nightmare is Big In Japan, which explains why Halloween Town is featured throughout the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the toys made is a rolling duck (duckroll) the predecessor to {{Rickroll}}.
** Sally's red hair, white face, and GlasgowGrin can bring to mind [[Film/TheDarkKnight the disguise]] of [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker a certain super-villain]].
** When Jack starts on his walk in the beginning of the film, he pauses next to a grotesque statue that [[http://derpicdn.net/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTIvMDgvMjcvMjNfNDFfNTZfNTcwXzg0MzU4X19VTk9QVF9fZGlzY29yZF9uaWdodG1hcmVfYmVmb3JlX2NocmlzdG1hc19qYWNrX3NrZWxsaW5ndG9uIl1d/84358__safe_meta_discord_tim-burton_nightmare-before-christmas_jack-skellington.jpg.jpg looks surprisingly similar]] to the villain Discord from MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.
** Jack himself looks like a distant relative of Slenderman.
* HoYay: Of all the citizens of HalloweenTown, [[AmbiguouslyGay the Mayor]] appears to be the most worried for Jack when he goes missing -- and it doesn't look like just as a professional and/or as a friend, either. In his defense, there are only 365 more days until NEXT Halloween.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Some fans feel this way because of the CashCowFranchise. Luckily, this is a very VocalMinority. HypeBacklash is another reason. As for Tim Burton not wanting to do sequels, it's a little late for that.
* LoveToHate: Oogie Boogie.
* MemeticSexGod: Everyone's necrophiliac for Jack Skellington. All hail to the Pumpkin Pimp. Consider how the citizens act about Jack.
* MinionShipping[=/=]ToyShip: Lock and Shock.
* PeripheryDemographic: Amongst the most cited favorites of young {{Perky Goth}}s everywhere.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Averted, mostly. As Halloween Town has made most of its appearances in ''KingdomHearts'', it's been pretty good. As for the PS2 game...decent, but it would have made a better movie sequel than a game.
** ''Oogie's Revenge'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen WAS going to be a movie sequel]], but Creator/TimBurton convinced Disney otherwise (see CashCowFranchise in the Main tab for the reason why). Considering that the sequel was going to be in CGI rather then in StopMotion, that gives you an idea on [[{{Sequelitis}} what the quality of the sequel might have been]].
* OneSceneWonder: The Easter Bunny and Shrunken Head Kid.
* RonTheDeathEater: Yes, Dr. Finkelstein has a rather... [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation questionable]] and dysfunctional relationship with Sally, but this does not excuse the FanFic writers for writing him into a freaking rapist.
* SacredCow: Zig-zagged. Some circles hate it just because Creator/TimBurton was involved, while others consider it the only good movie (apart from ''Film/{{Batman}}'' and ''Film/BatmanReturns'') he was involved in. The fact that a lot of people grew up with it certainly helped.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Has a sub-page]].
* UglyCute: Pretty much everyone in HalloweenTown.
* UncannyValley:
** The HalloweenTown citizens.
** A lot of the fans think the elves are creepy. They're too cheerful, dammit!
** The ''human children'' are creepier than most things hanging around Halloween Town.
** Have you ever seen fanart of Jack drawn realistically? Dear Lord, ''there's a reason why Jack is a ''cartoony'' skeleton!''
* UnfortunateImplications: Danny Elfman was worried that Oogie Boogie's depiction would offend the NAACP. He was right.
* VindicatedByHistory: It was a modest hit in 1993, and well-received by critics, but it wasn't near as big as Disney's in-house fare at the time (''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' arrived the previous year, ''Disney/TheLionKing'' the next). This was partially because Disney was nervous about the NightmareFuel; they initially released it under their Creator/TouchstonePictures banner (which was reserved for mature films and the edgier ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''). But now it's arguably a much more popular film than any of Disney's post-''Lion King'' animated efforts, and they've since allowed it to be released under the Disney banner itself.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The entire movie is absolutely ''gorgeous'', and there are some really creative designs to be admired if you look at the citizens of Halloweentown.
* WhatAnIdiot: No amount of naiveness can excuse Jack from actually trusting Lock, Shock, and Barrel to take care of Sandy and ''not'' hand him over to Oogie.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Several parents won't let their little children watch it because it looks too scary, while the actual film, outside of the kooky visuals and character designs, doesn't actually contain a lot which is unsuitable for a younger audience. It doesn't help that Disney [[ExecutiveMeddling deliberately]] moved ''Nightmare'' under its Touchstone label for the NightmareFuel, despite the fact that Disney [[NightmareFuel/{{Disney}} has plenty of its own]]. But it was put back into the Disney label eventually.
* TheWoobie:
** All those who feel sorry for Henry Selick because he ''never'' gets credit for this film, raise your hand.
** Sally. All the things she does for someone who doesn't reciprocate her feelings (at first) is heartbreaking. Though note that "not-reciprocate-Sally's-feelings" does NOT equal "hardly-notices-her".
** Jack. A guy who gets tired of his job might sound whiny, but not when you consider that he lives in a town where it's all about said job. Put that on top of the fact that a lot of the responsibility for Halloween is on his shoulders, and all you have to say is "That's rough." Also since Jack is DemBones he might be ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, who knows how long he was doing the same thing every year. 10 years? 50 years? 100 years? Since Halloween was created?
** Even [[spoiler:[[AlasPoorVillain Oogie Boogie's death]]]] makes you feel sorry for the guy!
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