Oogie Boogie is the main antagonist of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
He’s the main “villain” in many video games, such as the Kingdom Hearts series.
He’s also featured in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular as part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. With that being said, Tim Burton has stated that he does not think of Oogie Boogie as the villain.
Oogie Boogie has a penchant for gambling as one can clearly see in the film. Funny enough, it’s also obvious that he doesn’t have quite the knack for it, since he rolls several snake eyes.
According to the 2005 game for Gameboy Advance, “The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King”. Oogie Boogie used to be the King of a holiday known as “Bug Day.” Once this day fell out of favor he was forced to move to Halloweentown. In the Game, he wants to take over changing the name of Halloweentown to Bug Town and Halloween to Crawloween.
Apparently, there’s been debate over whether or not Oogie Boogie is the “Shadow in the Moon at Night” which is featured in the opening song, “This is Halloween“. Personally, I don’t understand the debate. I have always and will always (unless Tim Burton has some hard evidence disproving it) think that that is Oogie Boogie in the moonlight.
The Nightmare Before Christmas was created by Tim Burton. He claims ownership of the property since he wrote and illustrated the original poem/short story. He also created the characters, wrote most of the script as well as produced the film. Due to his busy schedule directing, Batman Returns and getting ready to direct Ed Wood he had to hand over directing duties to Henry Selick.
During production, an idea for the ending was that it would be revealed Oogie Boogie was actually Dr. Finklestein in disguise. A thought Tim Burton vetoed immediately as well as a sequel. Burton’s defense, “”I was always very protective of [Nightmare] not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it.”
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