This article lists characters seen in the film The Nightmare Before Christmas and video games The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King and The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge. A number of these notable characters have also appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, as well as in the form of action figures and in published books. The franchise's principal character, Jack Skellington, also cameos in James and the Giant Peach "as the pirate captain" and in an episode of Robot Chicken played by Victor Yerrid.
The filmmakers constructed 230 puppets to represent the characters in the movie, with Jack Skellington having "around eight hundred heads", allowing the expression of every possible emotion. Sally's mouth movements "were animated through the replacement method. During the animation process,...only Sally's face 'mask' was removed in order to preserve the order of her long red hair. Sally had ten types of faces, each made with a series of eleven expressions (e.g. eyes open and closed, and various facial poses) and synchronised mouth movements."
The movie's main character, Jack Skellington is a dreaded nightmarish skeleton with the alias of "The Pumpkin King". Under that alias, he is the titular hero of the prequel video game "The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge" . He is popular among the inhabitants of Halloween Town, due to his charming personality and aim to please. Despite a lack of inhibition, he means well. He is in charge of Halloween. Having never left it, he felt his inspiration for his own holiday waning. Christmas Town gave him new ideas and inspiration. He is voiced by Chris Sarandon, and his singing voice is provided by Danny Elfman. He also appears in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge.
Sally is Jack Skellington's love-interest. She is a Frankenstein-sque ragdoll originally patched together by Doctor Finkelstein. She is the only one to have doubts about Jack's Christmas plan. Although her creator attempts to keep her constantly imprisoned, she often manages escape with deadly nightshade she slips him, causing him to fall asleep. Despite her makeshift appearance, Sally is a determined individual with a good feel for what is right. Sally's voice was played by Catherine O'Hara throughout the movie
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