The Nightmare Before Christmas Turns 30 : Consider This from NPR The Nightmare Before Christmas is back in theaters, celebrating its 30th anniversary. The film, directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton, was not a smash hit upon its release, but has become something of a holiday classic over the years. And while there is some debate as to whether it counts as a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, its spooky themes draw many viewers back to the film every October.

NPR's Scott Detrow spoke with Todd Lookinland, the set builder for The Nightmare Before Christmas, and writer and film critic Jordan Crucchiola, about the enduring legacy of film.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Turns 30

The Nightmare Before Christmas Turns 30

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Costumed revellers dressed as characters from the film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" walk down Essex Street on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. It's been 30 years since The Nightmare Before Christmas first hit theaters. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Costumed revellers dressed as characters from the film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" walk down Essex Street on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. It's been 30 years since The Nightmare Before Christmas first hit theaters.

JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

The Nightmare Before Christmas is back in theaters now to commemorate its 30th anniversary. The film, directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton, was not a smash hit upon its release, but has become something of a holiday classic over the years. And while there is some debate as to whether it counts as a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, its spooky themes make many viewers return to the film every autumn.

NPR's Scott Detrow spoke with Todd Lookinland, the set builder for The Nightmare Before Christmas, and writer Jordan Crucchiola, about the enduring legacy of film.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Emma Klein and Marc Rivers. It was edited by Jeanette Williams. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.