Who is Lock from The Nightmare Before Christmas? Voice actor and story revealed

Bruno Cooke December 13, 2020
Who is Lock from The Nightmare Before Christmas? Voice actor and story revealed

Lock, Shock and Barrel are Oogie’s Boys from the Tim Burton 1993 stop-motion Christmas classic. What’s so strange about Lock from The Nightmare Before Christmas?

It’s not all about Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie

Everyone knows Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town in Tim Burton’s 1993 Christmas classic. In the movie, his opposite is Oogie Boogie, a burlap sack filled with creepy crawlies and with a snake for a tongue.

But what about the secondary antagonists, Oogie’s henchmen? Meet Lock, Shock and Barrel, aka Oogie’s Boys (or Boogie’s Boys).

Lock, Shock and Barrel, three not-so-loyal henchmen

Lock, Shock and Barrel are the secondary antagonists of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. The mischievous trio live in Halloween Town. 

They are responsible for (temporarily) ruining Christmas by kidnapping Santa Claus from Christmas Town. However, bickering and arguing over little problems prevents smooth execution of their plans for mischief. 

Meet Lock, the leader of Oogie’s Boys in The Nightmare Before Christmas

Despite being only the second most intelligent of the trio, Lock is in the leader of Oogie’s Boys. He has all the diabolic hallmarks of a little devil: sharp, pointed teeth, narrow face and pointy chin and his red hair waxed into two makeshift horns. 

He also sports a barbed tail, and revels in his role as leader. As a result, he gets upset when others insult him, or if they try to take the lead.

Lock is 6 years old. His fellow henchmen, Shock and Barrel, are 7 and 5 respectively. They serve Oogie Boogie out of fear; after his death, they find ways to enjoy themselves without having to make mischief.

Lock, Shock and Barrel also feature in the video game series Kingdom Hearts, a collaboration between Disney and Japanese developer Square Enix.

Who voices Lock in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

In the 1993 film, Lock is voiced by American comedian, actor, writer and producer Paul Reubens. Reubens also voices Lock in the 2005 video game release, “Oogie’s Revenge”. 

Best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, Reubens started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor in the 1970s. 

He has previously worked with Tim Burton for his feature film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), which has since developed into a cult film. Although the sequel was less successful, Reubens kept performing as Pee-wee between 1986 and 1990.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.