The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) | Transcript

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: A Ghoulish Masterpiece

Title: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Release Date: October 13, 1993
Director: Henry Selick
Producer: Tim Burton
Music: Danny Elfman

Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a unique cinematic gem that defies categorization. Released in 1993, this dark fantasy film combines elements of horror, fantasy, and a touch of holiday cheer to create an enchanting and slightly macabre story. With its stunning stop-motion animation, memorable characters, and brilliant soundtrack, the film has gained a cult following and has become a beloved classic for audiences of all ages.

The story of The Nightmare Before Christmas revolves around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. While he thrives on the annual scares of Halloween, he becomes disillusioned and bored with the same routine year after year. Seeking something new, Jack stumbles upon Christmas Town, a place of joy and holiday spirit. Driven by curiosity and a desire for a change, he decides to take over Christmas and put his own sinister spin on it.

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[narrator] ‘Twas a long time ago Longer now than it seems

In a place that perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams

For the story that you are about to be told

Took place in the holiday worlds of old

Now, you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from

If you haven’t, I’d say It’s time you begun!

♪ Boys and girls of every age

♪ Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

♪ Come with us and you will see

[gate creaks]

♪ This our town of Halloween

♪ This is Halloween This is Halloween

♪ Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

♪ This is Halloween Everybody make a scene

♪ Trick or treat till the neighbour’s gonna die of fright

♪ It’s our town Everybody scream

♪ In this town of Halloween

♪ I am the one hiding under your bed

♪ Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

♪ I am the one hiding under your stairs

♪ Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

♪ This is Halloween This is Halloween

♪ Halloween, Halloween Halloween, Halloween

♪ In this town we call home

♪ Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

♪ In this town Don’t we love it now?

♪ Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise

♪ Round that corner, man Hiding in the trash cans

♪ Something’s waiting now to pounce and how you’ll scream

♪ This is Halloween Red and black and slimy green

♪ Aren’t you scared? Well, that’s just fine!

♪ Say it once, say it twice Take a chance and roll the dice

♪ Ride with the moon in the dead of night

♪ Everybody scream Everybody scream

♪ In our town of Halloween

♪ I am the clown with the tear-away face

♪ Here in a flash and gone without a trace

♪ I am the who when you call, “Who’s there?”

♪ I am the wind blowing through your hair

♪ I am the shadow on the moon at night

♪ Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

♪ This is Halloween This is Halloween

♪ Halloween, Halloween Halloween, Halloween

♪ Tender lumplings everywhere

♪ Life’s no fun without a good scare

♪ That’s our job

♪ But we’re not mean

♪ In our town of Halloween

♪ In this town Don’t we love it now?

♪ Everyone’s waiting for the next surprise

♪ Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back

♪ And scream like a banshee Make you jump out of your skin

♪ This is Halloween Everybody scream

♪ Would you please make way for a very special guy?

♪ Our man Jack is king of the pumpkin patch

♪ Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now

♪ This is Halloween This is Halloween

♪ Halloween, Halloween Halloween, Halloween

[water hisses]

♪ In this town we call home

♪ Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

[all harmonising]

♪ Halloween, Halloween

♪ Halloween, Halloween

♪ Halloween, Halloween ♪



It’s over!

We did it!

Wasn’t it terrifying?

[both] What a night!

Great Halloween, everybody!

I believe it was our most horrible yet. Thank you, everyone.

No. Thanks to you, Jack. Without your brilliant leadership …

[Jack] Not at all, Mayor.

You’re such a scream, Jack!

You’re a witch’s fondest dream!

You made walls fall, Jack!

[woman] Walls fall? You made the very mountains crack, Jack!

The deadly nightshade you slipped me wore off, Sally.

Let go! [gasps]

You’re not ready for so much excitement.

Yes, I am.

You’re coming with me!

[straining] No, I’m not!



Come back here, you foolish …

Ow! Oh!

Ooh, Jack, you make wounds ooze and flesh crawl!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much!

[Mayor] Hold it! We haven’t given out the prizes yet!

Our first award goes to the vampires for most blood drained in a single evening.


[Mayor] A second and honourable mention goes to the fabulous …


… Dark Lagoon Leeches.

[playing down-tempo music]

[coin clinks]

Nice work, Bone Daddy!

Yeah, I guess so. Just like last year.

And the year before that, and the year before that.

[gate creaks]


♪ There are few who deny at what I do I am the best

♪ For my talents are renowned far and wide

♪ When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night

♪ I excel without ever even trying

♪ With the slightest little effort of my ghostlike charms

♪ I have seen grown men give out a shriek

♪ With a wave of my hand and a well-placed moan

♪ I have swept the very bravest off their feet

♪ Yet, year after year It’s the same routine

♪ And I grow so weary of the sound of screams

♪ And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King

♪ Have grown so tired of the same old thing

♪ Oh, somewhere deep

♪ Inside of these bones

♪ An emptiness

♪ Began to grow

♪ There’s something out there

♪ Far from my home

♪ A longing that

♪ I’ve never known

♪ I’m the master of fright and a demon of light

♪ And I’ll scare you right out of your pants

[ghosts moaning]

♪ To a guy in Kentucky I’m Mr Unlucky

♪ And I’m known throughout England and France

♪ And since I am dead I can take off my head

♪ To recite Shakespearean quotations

♪ No animal nor man can scream like I can

♪ With the fury of my recitations

♪ But who here

♪ Would ever understand

♪ That the Pumpkin King with the skeleton grin

♪ Would tire of his crown?

♪ If they only understood

♪ He’d give it all up

♪ If he only could


♪ Oh, there’s an empty place

♪ In my bones

♪ That calls out for

♪ Something unknown

♪ The fame and praise

♪ Come year after year

♪ Does nothing for

♪ These empty tears ♪

Jack …

… I know how you feel.

[thunder rumbling]

[mechanical whirring]

[man] Sally!

You’ve come back.

I had to.

For this!


Shall we, then?

That’s twice this month you’ve slipped deadly nightshade into my tea and run off.

Three times.

You’re mine, you know.

I made you with my own hands!

You can make other creations.

I’m restless. I can’t help it.

It’s a phase, my dear. It’ll pass.

We need to be patient, that’s all.

But I don’t want to be patient!

[Zero barks]

No, Zero, not now.

I’m not in the mood.


All right.

Here you go, boy.



[car rattling]


Morning, gents!

[humming This is Halloween]

[doorbell screams]

[continues humming]

[doorbell screams]

Jack? You home?

Jack? I’ve got the plans for next Halloween.

I need to go over them with you so we can get started.

Jack, please. I’m only an elected official here.

I can’t make decisions by myself.

Jack, answer me!


He’s not home.

Where is he?

He hasn’t been home all night.


[yawns] Where are we?

It’s someplace new.


What is this?


[wind blowing]




♪ What’s this? What’s this? There’s colour everywhere

♪ What’s this? There’s white things in the air

♪ What’s this? I can’t believe my eyes

♪ I must be dreaming Wake up, Jack, this isn’t fair

♪ What’s this?

[singing indistinctly]

♪ What’s this? What’s this? There’s something very wrong

♪ What’s this? There’s people singing songs

♪ What’s this? The streets are lined with creatures laughing

♪ Everybody seems so happy Have I possibly gone daffy?

♪ What is this? What’s this?

♪ There’s children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads

♪ They’re busy building toys and absolutely no one’s dead

♪ There’s frost in every window Oh, I can’t believe my eyes

♪ And in my bones I feel the warmth

♪ That’s coming from inside

♪ Oh, look, what’s this? They’re hanging mistletoe

♪ They kiss? Why, that looks so unique, inspired

♪ They’re gathering around Hearing stories

♪ Roasting chestnuts on a fire What’s this?

♪ What’s this? In here they’ve got a little tree

♪ How queer And who would ever think, and why?

♪ They’re covering it with tiny things Electric lights on strings

♪ And there’s a smile on everyone Correct me if I’m wrong

♪ This looks like fun This looks like fun

♪ Could it be I got my wish? What’s this?

♪ Oh, my, what now? The children are asleep

♪ But, look, there’s nothing underneath No ghouls

♪ No witches to scream and scare them or ensnare them


♪ Only little cosy things secure inside their dreamland


♪ What’s this?

♪ The monsters are all missing and the nightmares can’t be found

♪ And in their place there seems to be good feeling all around

♪ Instead of screams I swear I can hear music in the air

♪ The smell of cakes and pies are absolutely everywhere

♪ The sights, the sounds They’re everywhere and all around

♪ 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

♪ I want it for my own I’ve got to know, I’ve got to know

♪ What is this place that I’ve found? What is this? ♪

Christmas Town? Hmm.

[whistle blows]

[man] Ho! Ho! Ho!

Hmm …

This has never happened before.

It’s suspicious.

It’s peculiar.

[both] It’s scary!

Stand aside. Coming through.



We’ve got to find Jack.

There’s only 365 days left till next Halloween!

Three sixty-four.

Is there anywhere we’ve forgotten to check?

I looked in every mausoleum.

We opened the sarcophagi.

I tromped through the pumpkin patch.

I peeked behind the Cyclops’ eye.

I did, but he wasn’t there.

It’s time to sound the alarms!

[alarm wails]

Frog’s breath will overpower any odour.


[coughs, gagging]


Worm’s wart. [gasping]

Where’s that worm’s wart?

[man] Sally! That soup ready yet?



Ah, what’s that?

[sniffing] Worm’s wart! Mmm.

And frog’s breath.

What’s wrong? I … I thought you liked frog’s breath.

Nothing’s more suspicious than frog’s breath.

Until you taste it, I won’t swallow a spoonful.

I’m not hungry.

[spoon clatters]


You want me to starve.

An old man, like me, who hardly has strength as it is.

Me, to whom you owe your very life!

Don’t be silly.

[slurping] Mmm!

See? Scrumptious.

[gulping rapidly]

Did anyone think to dredge the lake?

[sighs] This morning.

[indistinct barking]

Hear that?



[barking continues]



[all yelling, shouting]

Where have you been?

Call a town meeting and I’ll tell everyone all about it.



Town meeting!

Town meeting tonight!


[Mayor] Town meeting!

Town meeting tonight!

[all chattering indistinctly]



Listen, everyone.

I want to tell you about Christmas Town.

♪ There were objects so peculiar They were not to be believed

♪ All around things to tantalise my brain

♪ It’s a world unlike anything I’ve ever seen

♪ And as hard as I tried I can’t seem to describe

♪ Like a most improbable dream

♪ But you must believe when I tell you this

♪ It’s as real as my skull and it does exist

Here, let me show you.

[all gasping]


♪ This is a thing called a present

♪ The whole thing starts with a box

♪ A box?

♪ Is it steel?

♪ Are there locks?

♪ Is it filled with a pox?

♪ A pox? How delightful, a pox

If you please.

♪ Just a box with bright coloured paper

♪ And the whole thing’s topped with a bow

♪ A bow?

♪ But why? How ugly! What’s in it?

♪ That’s the point of the thing Not to know

♪ It’s a bat! It’s a rat!

♪ Will it bend? Will it break?

♪ Perhaps it’s the head that I found in the lake

♪ Listen now You don’t understand

♪ That’s not the point of Christmas Land

Now, pay attention.

♪ We pick up an oversized sock

♪ And hang it like this on the wall

♪ Oh, yes, does it still have a foot?

♪ Let me see, let me look

♪ Is it rotted and covered with gook?

Let me explain.

♪ There’s no foot inside, but candy Or sometimes it’s filled with small toys

♪ Small toys? Do they snap?

♪ Or explode in the sack?

♪ Perhaps they spring out and scare girls and boys

♪ What a splendid idea This Christmas sounds fun

♪ I fully endorse it Let’s try it at once

♪ Everyone, please Now, not so fast

♪ There’s something here that you don’t quite grasp

[all chattering indistinctly]

Well, I may as well give them what they want.

♪ And the best, I must confess I have saved for the last

♪ For the ruler of this Christmas Land

♪ Is a fearsome king with a deep, mighty, voice

♪ Least that’s what I’ve come to understand

♪ And I’ve also heard it told that he’s something to behold

♪ Like a lobster, huge and red

♪ When he sets out to sleigh with his rain gear on

♪ Carting bulging sacks with his big great arms

♪ That is so, I’ve heard it said

♪ And on a dark, cold night under full moonlight

♪ He flies into a fog like a vulture in the sky

♪ And they call him

♪ Sandy Claws



♪ Well, at least they’re excited But they don’t understand

♪ That special kind of feeling

♪ In Christmas Land ♪

Oh, well.

[animal howls]


Hmm …

There’s got to be a logical way to explain this Christmas thing.

You’ve poisoned me for the last time, you wretched girl!

[sighs deeply]

[doorbell chimes]

Oh, my head!

The door is open!


Jack Skellington!

Up here, my boy!

Doctor, I need to borrow some equipment.

Is that so? Whatever for?

I’m conducting a series of experiments.

How perfectly marvellous!

Curiosity killed the cat, you know.

I know.

Come on into the lab and we’ll get you all fixed up.

Hmm. Experiments?

[Jack] Zero! I’m home!

Interesting reaction, but what does it mean?

[Sally thudding]

[band playing up-tempo music]

You can come out now if you promise to behave.



Oooh! Gone again!

[lantern crashes]

[chalk scraping]



♪ Something’s up with Jack Something’s up with Jack

♪ Don’t know if we’re ever going to get him back

♪ He’s all alone up there Locked away inside

♪ Never says a word

♪ Hope he hasn’t died

♪ Something’s up with Jack Something’s up with Jack

♪ Christmas time is buzzing in my skull

♪ Will it let me be? I cannot tell

♪ There’re so many things I cannot grasp

♪ When I think I’ve got it Then at last

♪ Through my bony fingers it does slip

♪ Like a snowflake in a fiery grip

♪ Something here I’m not quite getting Though I try, I keep forgetting

♪ Like a memory long since past

♪ Here in an instant, gone in a flash What does it mean? What does it mean?

♪ In these little bric-a-brac A secret’s waiting to be cracked

♪ These dolls and toys confuse me so Confound it all, I love it though

♪ Simple objects, nothing more But something’s hidden through a door

♪ Though I do not have the key

♪ Something’s here I cannot see What does it mean? What does it mean?

[doll plays a tune]

♪ What does it mean?



♪ I’ve read these Christmas books so many times

♪ I know the stories and I know the rhymes

♪ I know the Christmas carols all by heart

♪ My skull’s so full It’s tearing me apart

♪ As often as I’ve read them Something’s wrong

♪ So hard to put my bony finger on

♪ Or, perhaps, it’s really not as deep as I’ve been led to think

♪ Am I trying much too hard?

♪ Of course, I’ve been too close to see The answer’s right in front of me

♪ Right in front of me It’s simple, really, very clear

♪ Like music drifting in the air

♪ Invisible, but everywhere

♪ Just because I cannot see it doesn’t mean I can’t believe it

♪ You know, I think this Christmas thing is not as tricky as it seems

♪ And why should they have all the fun? It should belong to anyone

♪ Not anyone, in fact, but me Why, I could make a Christmas tree

♪ And there’s no reason I can find I couldn’t handle Christmas time

♪ I bet I could improve it, too and that’s exactly what I’ll do ♪



This year, Christmas will be ours!

[all cheer]

[Mayor] Patience, everyone.

Jack has a special job for each of you.

Dr Finkelstein!

[wheelchair whirring]

[Mayor] Your Christmas assignment is ready.

Dr Finkelstein to the front of the line!


What kind of noise is that for a baby to make?

Perhaps it can be improved?

No problem!

I knew it!

Doctor, thank you for coming.

We need some of these.

Hmm … Their construction should be exceedingly simple, I think.

How horrible our Christmas will be.

No. How jolly!

Oh, how jolly our Christmas will be.

Oh! Hey! [growls]

What are you doing here?

Jack sent for us.


By name.




Jack. Jack! It’s Boogie’s boys.

Aah! Halloween’s finest trick-or-treaters!

The job I have for you is top secret.

It requires craft, cunning, mischief.

And we thought you didn’t like us, Jack!

Absolutely no one is to know about it. Not a soul.

[whispering] Now, you must go to the forest.

In the forest you will see a tree.

… Christmas Town.



And one more thing.

Leave that no account Oogie Boogie out of this!

Whatever you say, Jack.

Of course, Jack.

Wouldn’t dream of it, Jack.

♪ Kidnap Mr Sandy Claws?

♪ I wanna do it

♪ Let’s draw straws

♪ Jack said we should work together

♪ Three of a kind

♪ Birds of a feather

♪ Now and for ever

♪ La, la, la, la, la, la La, la, la, la, la

♪ Kidnap the Sandy Claws Lock him up real tight

♪ Throw away the key and then turn off all the lights

♪ First we’re going to set some bait inside a nasty trap and wait

♪ When he comes a-sniffing, we will snap the trap and close the gate

♪ Wait, I’ve got a better plan to catch this big red lobster man

♪ Pop him in a boiling pot and when he’s done, we’ll butter him up

♪ Kidnap the Sandy Claws Throw him in a box

♪ Bury him for 90 years Then see if he talks

♪ Then Mr Oogie Boogie Man

♪ Can take the whole thing over then

♪ He’ll be so pleased, I do declare

♪ That he will cook him rare


[smacking lips]

♪ I say that we take a cannon Aim it at his door and then

♪ Knock three times, and when he answers Sandy Claws will be no more

♪ You’re so stupid, think now If we blow him up to smithereens

♪ We may lose some pieces and then Jack will beat us black and green

♪ Kidnap the Sandy Claws Tie him in a bag

♪ Throw him in the ocean Then see if he is sad

♪ Because Mr Oogie Boogie is the meanest guy around

♪ If I were on his boogie list I’d get out of town

♪ He’ll be so pleased by our success

♪ That he’ll reward us, too, I’ll bet

♪ Perhaps he’ll make his special brew

♪ Of snake and spider stew

♪ We’re his little henchmen and we take our job with pride

♪ We do our best to please him and stay on his good side

♪ I wish my cohorts weren’t so dumb

♪ I’m not the dumb one

♪ You’re no fun

Shut up!

Make me.

♪ I’ve got something, listen This one is real good, you’ll see

♪ We’ll send a present to his door Upon there’ll be a note to read

♪ Now, in the box, we’ll wait and hide until his curiosity

♪ Entices him to look inside and then we’ll have him one, two, three

♪ Kidnap the Sandy Claws Beat him with a stick

♪ Lock him up for 90 years See what makes him tick

♪ Kidnap the Sandy Claws Chop him into bits

♪ Mr Oogie Boogie is sure to get his kicks

♪ Kidnap the Sandy Claws See what we will see

♪ Lock him in a cage and then throw away the key ♪

Sandy Claws, huh?


[snake hisses]

It goes something like this.

[playing Jingle Bells]

How about it? Think you can you manage?

A-one and a-two and a-three and …

[plays Jingle Bells off-key]



Now, why don’t you all practise on that, and we’ll be in great shape!

Sally, I need your help more than anyone’s.

You certainly do, Jack. I had the most terrible vision.

That’s splendid!

No. It was about your Christmas.

There was smoke and fire!

That’s not my Christmas.

My Christmas is filled with laughter and joy, and this!

My Sandy Claws outfit. I want you to make it.

Jack, please listen to me. It’s going to be a disaster!

How could it be? Just follow the pattern.

This part’s red. The trim is white.

It’s a mistake, Jack.

Now, don’t be modest.

Who else is clever enough to make my Sandy Claws outfit?

[Mayor] Next!

I have every confidence in you.

But it seems wrong to me. Very wrong.

This device is called a nutcracker.

Jack! We caught him! We got him!


Open it up! Quickly!



That’s not Sandy Claws.

It isn’t?

Who is it?




Not Sandy Claws. Take him back!

We followed your instructions.

We went through the door.

Which door? There’s more than one.

Sandy Claws is behind the door shaped like this.

I told you!

[choking, grunting]

[all arguing]


[all gasp]

I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, sir.

Take him home first. And apologise again!

Be careful with Sandy Claws when you fetch him! Treat him nicely!

Got it!

We’ll get it right next time!

You will be a decided improvement over that treacherous Sally.

Master! The plans.

Excellent, Igor.

[chattering indistinctly]

♪ This time

♪ This time

♪ Making Christmas

♪ Making Christmas

♪ Making Christmas Making Christmas is so fine

♪ It’s ours this time and won’t the children be surprised?

♪ It’s ours this time

♪ Making Christmas

♪ Making Christmas

♪ Making Christmas

♪ Time to give them something fun

♪ They’ll talk about for years to come

♪ Let’s have a cheer from everyone

♪ It’s time to party

♪ Making Christmas Making Christmas

♪ Sticks and mice get wrapped up so nice

♪ With spider legs and pretty bows

♪ It’s ours this time

♪ All together, that and this

♪ With all our tricks We’re making Christmas time

Here comes Jack!

♪ I don’t believe

♪ What’s happening to me

♪ My hopes, my dreams

♪ My fantasies


♪ Won’t they be impressed? I am a genius

♪ See how I transformed this old rat

♪ Into a most delightful hat

Hmm …

♪ My compliments from me to you on this your most intriguing hat

♪ Consider though this substitute A bat in place of this old rat

♪ No, no, that’s all wrong This thing will never make a present

♪ It’s been dead for too long Try something fresher

♪ Something pleasant Try again, don’t give up

♪ All together, that and this

♪ With all our tricks We’re making Christmas time

♪ This time, this time

♪ Making Christmas Making Christmas

♪ It’s almost here and we can’t wait

♪ So ring the bells and celebrate

♪ ‘Cause when the full moon starts to climb

♪ We’ll all sing out

♪ “It’s Christmas time!”♪

[man] Kathleen. Bobby. Susie.

Yes, Susie’s been nice. Nice. Nice.

Naughty. Nice. Nice. Nice.

There are hardly any naughty children this year.

[doorbell chimes]

Now, who could that be?

[all] Trick or treat!



You don’t look like yourself, Jack. Not at all!

Isn’t that wonderful? It couldn’t be more wonderful!

But you’re the Pumpkin King.

Not anymore! I feel so much better now!

Jack, I know you think something’s missing, but …



You’re right. Something is missing.

But what? I’ve got the beard, the coat, the boots, the belt …

Jack! This time we bagged him!

This time we really did!

He sure is big, Jack.

And heavy!

Let me out!

[all exclaim]

Sandy Claws. In person.

What a pleasure to meet you!

Why, you have hands. You don’t have claws at all!

Where am I?

Surprised, aren’t you?

I knew you would be.

You don’t need to have another worry about Christmas this year.


Consider this a vacation, Sandy.

A reward. It’s your turn to take it easy.

But there must be some mistake.

See that he’s comfortable.

Just a second, fellas. Of course!

That’s what I’m missing. Thanks.

But …

You just can’t … Hold on! Where are we going now?

Oh, ho, ho! No …

This is worse than I thought. Much worse.

I know!

[man] Me on vacation? On Christmas Eve?!

Where are we taking him?

To Oogie Boogie, of course.

There isn’t anywhere more comfortable than that.

Jack said to make him comfortable.

Yes, he did.

[man] Haven’t you heard of peace on earth and goodwill toward men?

[all] No! [chortling]

This will stop Jack!

[saw buzzing]

What a joy to think of all we’ll have in common!

We’ll have conversations worth having!

[kids laughing]

Don’t do this!

Naughty children never get any presents.

I think he might be too big!


No, he’s not.

If he can go down a chimney, he can fit down here!


[metal clanging]



♪ Well, well, well What have we here?

♪ Sandy Claws, huh? Ooh, I’m really scared

♪ So you’re the one everybody’s talkin’ about [laughs]

♪ You’re jokin’, you’re jokin’ I can’t believe my eyes

♪ You’re jokin’ me, you gotta be This can’t be the right guy

♪ He’s ancient, he’s ugly I don’t know which is worse

♪ I might just split a seam now if I don’t die laughin’ first

♪ When Mr Oogie Boogie says There’s trouble close at hand

♪ You’d better pay attention now ’cause I’m the Boogie Man

♪ And if you aren’t shakin’ There’s somethin’ very wrong

♪ ‘Cause this may be the last time You hear the Boogie song

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

♪ I’m the Oogie Boogie Man

♪ Release me now or you must face the dire consequences

♪ The children are expecting me So, please, come to your senses

♪ You’re jokin’, you’re jokin’ I can’t believe my ears

♪ Would someone shut this fella up? I’m drownin’ in my tears

♪ It’s funny, I’m laughin’ You really are too much

♪ And now, with your permission I’m going to do my stuff

What are you going to do?

The best I can.


♪ The sound of rollin’ dice, to me is music in the air

♪ ‘Cause I’m a gamblin’ Boogie Man Although I don’t play fair

♪ It’s much more fun, I must confess when lives are on the line

♪ Not mine, of course But yours, old boy

♪ Now, that’d be just fine

♪ Release me fast or you will have to answer for this heinous act

♪ Oh, brother, you’re something You put me in a spin

♪ You aren’t comprehending the position that you’re in

♪ It’s hopeless, you’re finished You haven’t got a prayer

♪ ‘Cause I’m Mr Oogie Boogie

♪ And you ain’t goin’ nowhere ♪


[all laughing]

[band plays off-key music]

[chattering, laughter]

[all cheering]

Think of us as you soar, triumphantly, through the sky, outshining every star, your silhouette a dark blot on the moon.

You, who are our pride, you, who are our glory, you, who have frightened millions into an early grave.

You, who have …

… devastated the souls of the … living!

Oh, no. We can’t take off in this.

[all groan]

The reindeer can’t see an inch in front of their noses.


This fog’s as thick as …

Jellied brains.

Or thicker!

There go all of my hopes, my precious plans, my glorious dreams.

There goes Christmas.

[all moan]

[Zero barking]

No, Zero. Down, boy.

My, what a brilliant nose you have.

The better to light my way!

To the head of the team, Zero.

[all cheering]

We’re off!

[whip cracking]

Wait, Jack. No!

Ho, ho, ho! [laughs]

[whip cracks]

Goodbye, Jack.

My dearest Jack.

Oh, how I hope my premonition is wrong.

♪ I sense there’s something in the wind

♪ That feels like tragedy’s at hand

♪ And though I’d like to stand by him

♪ Can’t shake this feeling that I have

♪ The worst is just around the bend

♪ And does he notice

♪ My feelings for him?

♪ And will he see

♪ How much he means to me?

♪ I think it’s not to be

♪ What will become of my dear friend?

♪ Where will his actions lead us then?

♪ Although I’d like to join the crowd

♪ In their enthusiastic cloud

♪ Try as I may, it doesn’t last

♪ And will we ever

♪ End up together?

♪ No, I think not

♪ It’s never to become

♪ For I am not the one ♪

Ho, ho, ho!


[loud thump]


[boy gasps]


Merry Christmas!

And what is your name?

Uh … uh, uh …

That’s all right. I have a special present for you anyway.

There you go, sonny. [laughs]

[woman] And what did Santa bring you, honey?

[both screaming]

Merry Christmas!

[phone ringing]

Hello. Police.

[woman screaming]

Attacked by Christmas toys? That’s strange.

That’s the second toy complaint we’ve had.




Come on. [giggling]

Oh, wait.



Mom! Dad! Help!


[man screams]

[woman screams]

[both screaming]

[woman screaming]



You’re welcome, one and all!

[phones ringing]

Where’d you spot him?

Fast as we can, ma’am. Police. I know. A skeleton.

Keep calm. Turn off the lights. Make sure doors are locked. Hello. Police.

[woman] Reports are pouring in from all over the globe that an impostor is shamelessly impersonating Santa Claus, mocking and mangling this joyous holiday.

Authorities assure us that, at this moment, military units are mobilising to stop the perpetrator of this heinous crime.

Jack. Someone has to help Jack!

Where did they take that Sandy Claws?

… come back and save Christmas.

[alarm sounding]

Look, Zero. Searchlights.

They’re celebrating!

They’re thanking us for doing such a good job!

Whoa! Careful down there. You almost hit us!

[Zero barks]

It’s OK, Zero. Head higher!

Are you a gamblin’ man, Sandy?

Let’s play!


My, my!

What have we here?

[whispers] I’ll get you out of here.


Tickle, tickle, tickle. Tickle, tickle, tickle.


What?! You try to make a dupe out of me?!



Who’s next on my list?

Ah! Little Harry and Jordan. Won’t they be surprised?

They’re trying to hit us! Zero!

Merry Christmas to all,

and to all a good night!

[all moaning]


I knew this Christmas thing was a bad idea.

I felt it in my gut.

Terrible news, folks!

The worst tragedy of our times!

Jack has been blown to smithereens!

Terrible, terrible news!

Attention. Attention, citizens. Terrible news.

There’s still no sign of Santa Claus.

Although the impostor has been shot down, it looks like Christmas will have to be cancelled this year.

I repeat, the impostor has been shot down, but there’s still no sign of the real Santa.


♪ What have I done?

♪ How could I

♪ Be so blind?

♪ All is lost

♪ Where was I?

♪ Spoiled all

♪ Spoiled all

♪ Everything’s

♪ Gone all wrong

♪ What have I done?

♪ What have I done?

♪ Find a deep cave to hide in

♪ In a million years they’ll find me

♪ Only dust

♪ And a plaque that reads

♪ “Here lies poor old Jack”

♪ But I never intended

♪ All this madness, never

♪ And nobody really understood

♪ Well, how could they?

♪ That all I ever wanted was to bring them something great

♪ Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?

♪ Well, what the heck?

♪ I went and did my best

♪ And, by God I really tasted something swell

♪ And for a moment Why, I even touched the sky

♪ And at least I left some stories they can tell, I did

♪ And for the first time since I don’t remember when

♪ I felt just like my old bony self again

♪ And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King

♪ That’s right I am the Pumpkin King [cackling]

♪ And I just can’t wait until next Halloween

♪ ‘Cause I’ve got some new ideas that will really make them scream

♪ And, by God, I’m really going to give it all my might


♪ I hope there’s still time to set things right ♪

Sandy Claws!


You wait till Jack hears about this.

By the time he’s through with you, you’ll be lucky …

The King of Halloween has been blown to smithereens!

Skeleton Jack is now a pile of dust!


Come on, Zero. Christmas isn’t over yet.

What’s that you were sayin’ about luck, rag doll?

[Sally] Help! Help!



[Oogie] Seven!

It’s Oogie’s turn to boogie now.


One, two, three, four,

five, six, seven! [laughs]

[Santa] This can’t be happening!

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Oh, I’m feeling weak … with hunger!

One more roll of the dice oughta do it! [laughs]

What? Snake eyes?!


Eleven! [laughs]

Looks like I won the jackpot!

Bye-bye, doll face and sandman!


What the …?


Hello, Oogie.

Jack! But they said you were dead.

You must be double dead!



Well, come on, bone man!


[moaning] Ha!



Jack, look out!

So long, Jack! [laughs]

How dare you treat my friends so shamefully!

Now look what you’ve done!

My bugs! My bugs!

My bugs! My bugs!

[insects continue chittering]

Forgive me, Mr Claws.

I’m afraid I’ve made a terrible mess of your holiday.

Bumpy sleigh ride, Jack?

The next time you get the urge to take over someone else’s holiday, I’d listen to her. She’s the only one who makes any sense around this insane asylum!

Skeletons and boogie men!

I hope there’s still time.

To fix Christmas?

Of course there is. I’m Santa Claus!

He’ll fix things, Jack. He knows what to do.

How did you get down here, Sally?

I … I was trying to … Well, I wanted to …

To …

To help me?

I couldn’t let you just …

Sally …

I can’t believe I never realised that you …

[Mayor] Jack! Jack!

[Lock] Here he is!


Just like we said!

Grab a hold, my boy!


[woman] Good news. Santa Claus, the one and only, has finally been spotted.

Old Saint Nick appears to be travelling at supersonic speed.

He’s setting things right, bringing joy and cheer wherever he goes.

Yes, folks, Kris Kringle has pulled it out of the bag and delivered Christmas to excited children all over the world.


[sirens wailing]

[all vocalising]


Jack’s back!


Jack’s OK!

He’s all right!

It’s Jack!

♪ Jack’s OK

♪ And he’s back OK

♪ He’s all right Let’s shout

♪ Make a fuss Scream it out


♪ Jack is back Now, everyone sing

♪ In our town of Halloween

It’s great to be home!

[Santa] Ho, ho, ho!

Happy Halloween!

Merry Christmas!

♪ What’s this?

♪ What’s this?

♪ I haven’t got a clue

♪ What’s this?

♪ Why, it’s completely new

♪ What’s this?

♪ Must be a Christmas thing

♪ What’s this?

♪ It’s really very strange

♪ This is Halloween, Halloween Halloween, Halloween

♪ What’s this? What’s this?

[all giggling]

Careful, my precious jewel.

[Jack] My dearest friend.

♪ If you don’t mind

♪ I’d like to join you

♪ By your side

♪ Where we can gaze

♪ Into the stars

[both] ♪ And sit together

♪ Now and for ever

♪ For it is plain

♪ As anyone can see

♪ We’re simply meant to be ♪


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