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Filmmaker Tim Burton to Host Two Special 10th Anniversary Screenings of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' at the El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 16th
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct 10, 2003 -- Acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton will help kick off the 10th anniversary celebration for Touchstone Pictures' "The Nightmare Before Christmas" with special personal appearances at two showings at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.) on Thursday October 16th, it was announced today (10/10) by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. Burton, who produced the film and came up with the original story and characters, will introduce the film and participate in a "Q & A" session with the audience at the 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm screenings. Special Halloween engagements of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at the El Capitan Theatre have become an annual tradition. This year, the film will play for four days only, from October 16th through October 19th. Also on the bill will be two of Tim Burton's short films -- the 1982 stop-motion animated short, "Vincent," and the 1984 live-action featurette, "Frankenweenie." In addition to the films, the El Capitan will feature a display of props and materials related to 'Nightmare,' and award prizes at each showing for best costumes worn by audience members. For tickets and information, call 1-800-Disney 6 (1-800-347-6396), stop by the El Capitan box office, or visit the El Capitan Web Site (http://www.elcapitantickets.com). Showtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 1:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 6:45 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:45 pm, with an additional 11:00 am show on the weekend days.
Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, "We are thrilled to have Tim Burton on board for the 10th anniversary engagement of this holiday favorite. His participation really helps to make this a very special event. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is one of the most inventive and imaginative films of all time and audiences love to return each year to the El Capitan to see it on the big screen. It gives them a chance to dress as their favorite characters from the film and to relive the amazing and hilarious antics of Jack Skellington, Sally, and all the rest of the wonderful residents of Halloweentown."
First released in 1993, Touchstone Pictures' stop-motion animated musical-fantasy, Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was directed by Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach," "Monkeybone") 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" combines the artistry of stop-motion animation with state-of-the-art technology to create a unique and entertaining moviegoing experience.
"Frankenweenie," a 30-minute featurette directed by Tim Burton and written by Lenny Ripps, was originally released in 1984. An homage to the great horror films of the 1930s, this clever black-and-white send-up follows the efforts of young Victor Frankenstein to bring his beloved pet back to life after the dog is killed by a car. Using the techniques of his legendary namesake, Victor causes panic in the neighborhood during the course of his unconventional experiment. Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Paul Bartel and Barrett Oliver star.
The 1982 stop-motion animated short, "Vincent," marked Tim Burton's professional directing debut. Seven-year old Vincent Malloy would rather be Vincent Price than a little boy and re-imagines his life as a horror film -- much to his mother's dismay. Co-produced by Burton and Rick Heinrichs, the merrily macabre effort won acclaim at festivals around the world. The narration is provided by the late great Vincent Price himself.
For further information, please contact Heidi Trotta, Senior Vice President, Publicity of The Walt Disney Studios, +1-818-560-7280, for Touchstone Pictures.
Source: Touchstone Pictures