Skellington Productions was a company that was a joint venture between Walt Disney Feature Animation and directors Henry Selick and Tim Burton. The company specialized in stop motion animation and made use of the art in its two films.
Henry Selick and Tim Burton formed the company in 1986 as Selick/Burton Projects, where Tim Burton could direct episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre, while Henry Selick could focus on doing animation. After producing award-winning animation for MTV, Ritz, Pillsbury, and more, Tim Burton left to work on Beetlejuice (1988), as a result, Selick renamed the studio to Selick Projects.
In September 1992, Tim Burton returned to Selick's studio, renamed it Skellington Productions, and sold it to Disney. The first film produced by Skellington Productions (which gave the company its namesake), The Nightmare Before Christmas, was released theatrically in 1993 under Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner to a positive reception and a successful box office, becoming a sleeper hit. Since 2006, Nightmare has been released by Walt Disney Pictures and in Disney Digital 3-D format.
Aside from film, Skellington Productions also worked on the KaBlam! short, Life With Loopy in 1996 for the show's first season. The show aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. Skellington Productions left after the first season.
- Noell K. Wolfgram Evans Animators of Film and Television: Nineteen Artists, Writers, ... 2011 0786486031 - Page 129 "To meet this challenge Selick established a separate production unit at Disney. Skellington Productions was filled with hand-chosen artists and technicians who collaborated together perfectly to advance this form of animation."
- Ken A. Priebe The Art of Stop-Motion Animation - 2006 Page 182 1598632450 "I think Skellington Productions was the only studio that I've been a part of that lasted for more than one project, and that was Nightmare and James. There was about a year between those two projects when a few animators were shooting their ..."
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