Invisible footage is typical of movies – with many deleted scenes appearing in later special editions. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is no different and saw numerous media releases after its theatrical release. One shot that is missing is that of Selick’s reference to Burton’s involvement. For Selick, the deletion remains one of his regrets about the project.
The shot appears towards the end of the film. Jack is back in Halloween Town and everyone is celebrating the gift of a snowy Christmas. Citizens enjoy all the usual activities that accompany the winter weather – including a rousing game of hockey. The game itself is the backdrop to this now-missing element. While viewers may recall an on-screen flying pumpkin, the vampires initially used an interesting variety of Puck, Burton’s head.
According to Selick, the film’s producers had concerns about his presence. The director shared the details in a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Denise Di Novi or one of the Hollywood producers said to me, ‘I don’t think Tim is going to like that,'” Selick said. Regardless of who made the decision, Selick regretted not speaking to Burton directly. He’s not sure if the shot will be seen, but the director is up for a repeat. “I’d love to replace the one in there and I’m sure Tim would love it,” Selick later said in the interview.