The Original "Nightmare Before Christmas" Poem

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Twenty years ago, The Nightmare Before Christmas premiered, directed by animator Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton. But years before that film hit theaters, Burton wrote a poem entitled The Nightmare Before Christmas. It laid out the plot of what would become the film, and it was one of several concepts he pitched to Disney as a candidate for an animated film (Burton worked as a Disney animator in the early 1980s). Disney didn't bite, leaving the project on the shelf for more than a decade.

Here's a version of The Nightmare Before Christmas read by Christopher Lee, and computer-animated roughly in the style of the stop-motion film. Enjoy!

If you like that, you'll love Tim Burton's Vincent, a Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price. Stop-motion animation? Check. Vincent Price narration? Check. Excellent poetry? Oh, that's definitely a check.

(Via Open Culture.)