Skellington Productions

Skellington Productions
  • Selick/Burton Projects
  • (1986–1988)
  • Selick Projects
  • (1988–1992)
Joint venture
Industry Entertainment
Fate Absorbed into Walt Disney Pictures
Founded 1986
Founder Henry Selick
Tim Burton
Defunct 1996
Headquarters 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California, United States
Production output
Stop motion
Parent Walt Disney Feature Animation
(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. After producing award-winning animation for MTV, Ritz, Pillsbury, and more, Tim Burton left to work on Beetlejuice (1988), as a result, Selick renamed the studio to Selick Projects.

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.

The second and final film, James and the Giant Peach, released to theaters in 1996.[2] It was also met with positive reviews.

Aside from film, Skellington Productions also worked on the KaBlam! short, Life With Loopy in 1996 for the show's first season. The show aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. Skellington Productions left after the first season.


Year Title Co-production with Distributor Notes
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas Touchstone Pictures Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures The film has since been under the Walt Disney Pictures banner since 2006
1996 KaBlam! Nickelodeon Animation Studio Nickelodeon 48 episodes only
James and the Giant Peach Allied Filmmakers Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures The last project to be made from the studio

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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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