This Hallowe”™en, experience – like never before – Tim Burton”™s ghoulish animated classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” playing at Hollywood”™s El Capitan Theatre from October 21st through 31st, 2010.
You will experience spine tingling surprises in 4-D!
That’s right. Burton’s movie will be presented in Disney Digital 3-Dâ„¢ plus special 4-D sensory effects!
Tim Burton”™s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” makes its highly anticipated annual return to its favorite haunt – Hollywood”™s legendary El Capitan Theatre – for a special engagement and for the first time ever, in 4-D.
Says Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, “As always, the El Capitan is your “˜Nightmare”™ headquarters, and this year, our guests will be introduced to the magic of 4-D. The film will be presented in Disney Digital 3-Dâ„¢, and there will be exciting sensory effects for our guests to experience at the same time – including wind, snow, fog, and much more. It”™s a way of seeing “The Nightmare Before Christmas” like never before for our loyal customers who have made a tradition out of seeing this Disney classic here every year.”
Adds Breier, “Our guests will get closer than ever to Halloweentown”™s beloved Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Each year brings new screams of delight from our audiences, and they love being able to see their favorite Tim Burton characters in a whole new way. The film grows more popular every year with moviegoers and we”™re very excited to continue our Halloween tradition.”
The engagement kicks off on Thursday October 21st , 2010 at 7:00 pm with opening night festivities hosted by Disney producer Don Hahn (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”), and there will be special ghoulish frights and delights for opening night guests as well.
The enormously popular stop-motion animated feature, directed by Henry Selick and presented by Walt Disney Pictures, was converted from its original 2-D format into a stunning dimensional and enchanting 3-D version in 2006 using the latest advancements in 3-D technology and animation.Â It became the first movie in industry history to be released exclusively in Digital 3-D, and it represented the first time in the history of motion pictures that a 3-D feature was created from an existing animated classic.Â An award-winning team of technicians and animators at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), in collaboration 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 the sets 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.Â 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.Â 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. Fueled by an unforgettable Grammy-nominated soundtrack featuring songs by OscarÂ® nominee Danny Elfman, Tim Burton”™s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disney Digital 3-Dâ„¢ promises to be fun for the whole family.
The film screens daily at 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:15 pm.
Special late night Halloween weekend shows will be given at 11:15 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays only.
Tickets can be purchased at the El Capitan box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6.
Special group rate tickets for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
Report by Pauline Adamek