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Nightmare Before Christmas Sally & Dr. Finkelstein Cosplay Brought To Life In Surreal Detail-TGN


  • Cosplay artist @_saratrigo brings iconic characters Sally and Dr. Finkelstein from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to life in amazing images.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is considered the purest expression of Burton’s dark and charming style, with eerie stop-motion animation and dream-like surrealism.
  • Burton may be returning to his early, beloved movies with his upcoming Beetlejuice 2 sequel, focusing on working with “actors and puppets,” which is exciting news for fans.



Sally and Dr. Finkelstein come to life in new cosplay inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Following on the success of his live-action feature films Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands, Burton in the early ‘90s threw his massive clout behind an entirely new and unlikely type of project: a macabre stop-motion animated Christmas movie. Released in 1993, the resulting film bore the unmistakable Burton stylistic stamp, and went on to become a big hit in its own right, grossing $91 million on a budget of $24 million.

With The Nightmare Before Christmas celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, cosplay artist @_saratrigo has unleashed their own take on two iconic characters from Burton’s classic film, bringing to life the rag doll Sally and her mad scientist creator Dr. Finkelstein. Check out the amazing images in the space below:

The Nightmare Before Christmas May Be The Purest Expression Of Burton’s Style

Dr. Finkelstein looks at a skull in The Nightmare Before Christmas

Burton has been criticized in recent years for largely abandoning the hand-crafted style of his early films, choosing instead to make big-budget, CGI-laden Disney blockbusters. Perhaps the best expression of that early-Burton style, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a work that is at once darkly brooding and playfully charming, and features characters that, like Edward Scissorhands, seem infused with the essence of their creator. The film’s stop-motion animation, directed by Henry Selick, is eerily expressive, giving the film a genuine poignancy to go with its goth-inspired, dream-like surrealism.

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Now thirty years on from the triumph of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton may finally be ready to return to the style of his early, beloved movies. Speaking recently about his upcoming, nearly-finished sequel Beetlejuice 2, Burton told The Independent:

On this last one, Beetlejuice 2, I really enjoyed it. I tried to strip everything and go back to the basics of working with good people and actors and puppets. It was kind of like going back to why I liked making movies.

It’s yet to be seen whether Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel truly sees him returning to the form he displayed in his earliest films, but just to hear that the filmmaker is back to working with “actors and puppets” is by itself a great piece of news. Meanwhile, The Nightmare Before Christmas continues to delight after three decades, and thanks to its beautifully-designed, memorable stop-motion characters, continues to inspire some amazing cosplay.

Source: @_saratrigo/Instagram

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