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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is set in Halloween Town, a place full of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and all manners of frightful creatures that go “Bump in the Night.” Every Halloween, the town throws a celebration that is conjured up by Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, but Jack has grown tired of throwing these yearly parties, and yearns for something new.
On the day after his latest Halloween success, Jack wanders aimlessly through the forest, and stumbles upon a group of trees that each have their own portal to another holiday world. He is attracted to the one with a door decorated into the shape of a tree. He opens it, and is immediately sucked in.
Jack finds himself in Christmas Town, where everyone is jolly and gay. Its joy and happiness appeals to him immensely. Excited, Jack returns to Halloween Town to tell the people what he has seen, and he makes the decision to take over Christmas from Santa Claus. The town’s people too are excited to do something new, and get behind Jack 110%, but they only know how to scare, and make frightful things…not the kind of stuff children would want for Christmas.
Unaware of their misunderstanding, Jack presses on, and assigns each person in town a task to get ready for Christmas. Sally, the ragdoll hottie with a warm crush on Jack, warns him that his plan will end in disaster, but Jack just ignores her. Instead, he has three of the town’s little brats kidnap Santa, where they throw him to Oogie-Boogie, the evil bogeyman for safe keeping…