Who is the villain in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Max Seeley December 20, 2020
Who is the villain in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Who is The Nightmare Before Christmas Villain? Meet Oogie Boogie, voiced by actor Ken Page.

The Nightmare Before Christmas was released On 29 October 1993. The stop-motion animation was written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick and stars the voices of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara.

The story follows the king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington. He discovers Christmas Town and tries to bring Christmas back to his own town, only to cause confusion among the residents.

The film currently stands with an impressive rating of 8.0 on IMDB and a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Who is the villain in The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Oogie Boogie is the main villain in The Nightmare Before Christmas and he is voiced by Ken Page. Oogie Boogie is the boogeyman in the form of a burlap sack filled with insects and with a snake for a tongue.

Oogie lives in an underground lair in Halloween Town which can be seen in the movie during his theme song. Meanwhile his henchmen, Lock, Shock and Barrel live above in a tree house.

In the film, Oogie Boogie captures Santa Clause and plans to gamble with his life. He is defeated by the film’s protagonist, Jack, who pulls the thread holding Oogie Boogie’s cloth together. All of the bugs that living inside Oogie fall into his cauldron and the villain of The Nightmare Before Christmas is defeated.

Tim Burton’s inspiration for Oogie Boogie

In his autobiography, Tim Burton reveals how he sketched a potato sack with awful things inside. He said the character was loosely inspired by Cab Calloway’s appearance in a Betty Boop carton in 1932.

According to the special edition DVD, Burton also played with the idea of revealing Oogie Boogie to be Dr. Finkelstein in disguise but this never made it past the story boards.

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Max is currently studying Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. Having played guitar for around ten years with different bands, he's always got a keen eyes on what’s happening in the music scene. Likewise, literature has also always played a large role in Max's life since reading On The Road as a teenager.