Skellington Productions

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Skellington Productions
  • Selick/Burton Projects
  • (1986–1988)
  • Selick Projects
  • (1988–1992)
Joint venture
FateAbsorbed into Walt Disney Pictures
FounderHenry Selick
Tim Burton
Production output
Stop motion
ParentWalt Disney Feature Animation
(The Walt Disney Studios)

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.[1]


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. In 1988, Tim Burton left to work on Beetlejuice, and Selick renamed the studio to Selick Projects. During this period, Selick Projects produced commercials for MTV, Ritz, and Pillsbury.

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.

Skellington's second and final film, James and the Giant Peach, was released to theaters in 1996.[2] Disney closed Skellington after the film became a box office flop despite positive reviews.

Aside from film, the KaBlam! short Life with Loopy was produced at Skellington Productions for the show's first season. Production on Life with Loopy moved to Custer Avenue Stages after Disney closed Skellington.


Year Title Co-production with Distributor Notes
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas Touchstone Pictures Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
1994 Cabin Boy Touchstone Pictures Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
1996 James and the Giant Peach Walt Disney Pictures
Allied Filmmakers
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution The last film to be made from the studio
KaBlam! Nickelodeon Productions Viacom International Life with Loopy (season 1 only)

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  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ 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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